E/Prof Dennis Haskell AM
Emeritus Professor/Senior Honorary Research Fellow
English and Cultural Studies
- Contact details
- English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 2071
- +61 8 6488 1030
- Room G14, Arts Building, Crawley campus
- BCom NSW, BA PhD Syd.
- Key research
- (i) Australian Literature, especially Twentieth Century and Contemporary Australian Literature.
- (ii) Poetry from the Medieval period to the present. Within this broad range I have special interest in the English Romantics, Irish Poetry, Twentieth Century, and Contemporary Poetry.
- (iii) Creative Writing
- (iv) South-east Asian Writing in English.
- (v) Literary Modernism (1890-1939)
- (vi) Modernism and after
- (vii) Post-colonial
- (i) Books (17 + 1 booklet):
Listening at Night. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1984, 64 pp. (poetry collection).
Wordhord: A Critical Anthology of Contemporary Western Australian Poetry, Co-edited with Hilary Fraser. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1989, 327pp. (includes Introduction and Critical Essays).
+Kenneth Slessor: Poetry, essays, war despatches, war diaries, journalism, autobiographical material and letters. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1991, 316 pp. (An edition of the writings of Kenneth Slessor, with an introduction and critical commentary).
+John Keats. Sydney: Sydney University Press imprint of Oxford University Press (Horizon Studies in Literature), 1991, 64pp.
Whose Place? A Study of Sally Morgan's 'My Place', ed. Delys Bird and Dennis Haskell. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1992, 80 pp. (Includes my and Delys Bird's interview with Sally Morgan, 1-22, plus Study Questions and Bibliography.)
+A Touch of Ginger (with Fay Zwicky). Perth: Folio, 1992, 22 pp. (a collection of my and Fay Zwicky’s poetry).
Myths, Heroes and Anti-heroes: Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region, ed. Bruce Bennett and Dennis Haskell. Perth: Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, University of Western Australia, 1992, 215pp. (Includes my essay "The Heroism of Comedy: Smith's Weekly in the 1930s", 107-119).
'Westerly' Looks to Asia: A Selection from 'Westerly' 1956-1992, ed. Bruce Bennett, Peter Cowan, Dennis Haskell and Susan Miller. Perth: Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies in association with Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, The University of Western Australia, 1993, 248pp.
Abracadabra. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1993,, 109pp. (a collection of my poetry).
Kenneth Slessor: Collected Poems, a scholarly, annotated edition co-edited with Geoffrey Dutton. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1994, 497pp.
Tilting at Matilda: Literature, Aborigines, Women and the Church in Contemporary Australia, ed. Dennis Haskell. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1994, 219pp. (including "Introduction", 9-17, and my poem, "Flowers", 124-5).
+Australian Poetic Satire. Townsville: Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, James Cook University, 1995, 67pp.
The Ghost Names Sing,. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1997, 78pp. (a collection of my poetry).
Interactions: Essays on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific, ed. Dennis Haskell & Ron Shapiro. Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 2000.
+Samuel Johnson in Marrickville: Selected Poems. Todmorden (UK): Arc, 2001.
+Attuned to Alien Moonlight: The Poetry of Bruce Dawe. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2002 (265 pp.).
Beyond Good and Evil? Essays on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific, ed. Dennis Haskell, Megan McKinlay & Pamina Rich. Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 2005 (230 pp.).
All the Time in the World. Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2006, (a collection of my poetry, 99pp.).
(ii) Book Chapters (26):
"Landscape at the Edge of a Promise: Neilson and Australian Romanticism", Imagining Romanticism: Essays on English and Australian Romanticisms, ed. Deidre Coleman and Peter Otto. West Cornwall, U.S.A.: Locust Hill Press, 1992, 203-15 (the article in Meridian below).
+"'The Nothing ... neither long nor short': Attitudes to Death in the Work of Kenneth Slessor", Reconnoitres: Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G.A. Wilkes, ed. Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Webby. Melbourne: Oxford University Press in association with Sydney University Press, 1992, 115-27.
+"Introduction" to Kenneth Slessor: Selected Poems. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1993, iv-x.
"'Smoke drifting up at dawn': Individual Identity in the Poetry of David Malouf" in Provisional Maps: Critical Essays on David Malouf, ed. Amanda Nettelbeck. Perth: Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, University of Western Australia, 1994, 13-27.
+"Keats and the Notion of Truth", Imperfect Apprehensions, ed. Geoffrey Little. Sydney: Challis Press, University of Sydney, 1996, 164-77.
Also published in The Challenge of Keats: Bicentenary Essays 1795-1995, ed. Allan C Christensen, Lilla Maria Crisafulli Jones, Guiseppe Galigani & Anthonly L Johnson. Amsterdam & Atlanta: Rodopi, 2000, 27-39.
"Cultural Crosses: Ee Tiang Hong's Nearing a Horizon", in Crossing Cultures: Essays on Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific, ed. Bruce Bennett, Jeff Doyle and Satendra Nandan. London: Skoob, 1996, 133-40.
+"Kenneth Slessor and the Orchestration of Dog-speech", Kenneth Slessor: Critical Readings, ed. Philip Mead (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1997), 212-32 (article in Rajasthan Studies in English [India] below).
+"Poetry Since 1965", The Oxford Literary History of Australia, ed. Bruce Bennett & Jennifer Strauss. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 265-85 .
+"Memory and Romanticism in Philip Jeyaretnam's Abraham's Promise", Interlogue: Studies in Singaorean Literature, Volume 1: Fiction, ed. Kirpal Singh. Singapore: Ethos, 1998, 145-156.
+" ‘Authority’ in Modern Singaporean Poetry”, Interlogue: Studies in Singaporean Literature, Volume 2: Poetry, ed. Kirpal Singh. Singapore: Ethos, 1999, 19-34.
"'A' is for ...?: Representations of Asia in the Poetry of Bruce Dawe", New Directions in Australian Studies, ed. Cynthia Vanden Driesen & Adrian Mitchell. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1999, 342-352.
+"Foreword", No Other City: The Ethos Anthology of Urban Poetry, ed. Alvin Pang & Aaron Lee. Singapore: Ethos, 2000, 17-19, 26-31.
+"Tradition and Questioning: The Silo as Pastoral Symphony", Fairly Obsessive: Essays on the Works of John Kinsella, ed. Rod Mengham & Glen Phillips Fremantle: . Centre for Studies in Australian Literature in association with Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2001, 89-102.
+"Singapore from the Battlements: Edwin Thumboo and the Yeats Connection", Ariels: Departures and Returns, ed. Tong Chee Kiong, Anne Pakir, Ban Kah Choon & Robbie B. H. Goh. Singapore: Oxford University Press, 2001, 32-45.
+"One Pleasure of Hell: Drafting and Redrafting Poetry", in The Writer's Reader: A Guide to Writing Fiction and Poetry, ed. Brenda Walker. Sydney: Halstead Press, 2002, 142-47.
+"Rhythm and Resonance in Poetry", in The Writer's Reader: A Guide to Writing Fiction and Poetry, ed. Brenda Walker. Sydney: Halstead Press, 2002, 157-63.
"'The Grasshopper Memory Leaps': Bruce Dawe's Elegies", in Departures: How Australia Reinvents Itself, ed. Xavier Pons. .Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002, 137-44.
+"Kenneth Adolf Slessor", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol 16: 1940-1980, Pik-Z, ed. John Ritchie et al. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002, 259-62.
+“Australia and Wholeness of Meaning: Reasoning and Art at Curlow Creek”, ‘Unemployed at Last!’: Essays on Australian Literature to 2002, ed. Ken Stewart & Shirley Walker. Armidale, NSW: Centre for Australian Studies, University of New England, 2003 [mistakenly printed as 2002], 133-146.
“Whose Singapore?”, Resistance and Reconciliation: Writing in the Commonwealth, ed. Bruce Bennett, Susan Cowan, Jacqueline Lo, Satendra Nandan & Jen Webb. Canberra: Association for Literature and Language Studies, 2003, 236-47.
“’now where’s she off to’: Gender and Class in the Poetry of Bruce Dawe”, Complicities: Connections and Divisions. Bern: Peter Lang, 2003, 261-272.
“The Mythical, Mystical Bush”, Cultural Interfaces, ed. Santosh K Sareen, Sheel C Nuna & Malati Mathur. New Delhi: Indialog, 2004, 49-59.
“Poetic Image and Symbol”, Caring Cultures: Sharing Imaginations – Australia and India, ed. Anurag Sharma & Pradeep Trikha. New Delhi: Sarup, 2006, 28-41.
“Tilting on the Axis of Evil: Australian Literature and Moral Relativism”, Explorations in Australian Literature, ed. Jaydeep Sarangi & Binod Mishra. New Delhi: Sarup, 2006, 1-16.
“You Must Be Joking!: Australian Values in Australian Jokes”, Australia and India Interconnections: Identity, Representation, Belonging, ed. Santosh K Sareen. New Delhi: Mantra, 2006, 136-55.
(iii) Journal Articles (36):
+"Thoughts on Some Recent Poetry", Australian Literary Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (October 1977), 136-48.
"Getting Further Away: The Poetry of Robert Adamson", Southerly, No. 1, 1978, 60-71 (Winner of Butterly-Earle Hooper Prize).
"The Modern American Poetry of Deep Image", Southern Review, Vol. XII, No. 2 (1979), 137-66.
"Recent Poetry", Southerly, No. 2, 1980, 226-40.
+"The Canadian Connection", Compass, Vol. 3, No. 2, 29-34.
+"Out of the Gum Trees and into Diversity: Australian Poetry in the '80s", Landfall (New Zealand), December 1983, 29-34.
"Bringing the C20 to Bay: Les Murray's The People's Otherworld", Westerly, Vol. 29, No. 4 (December 1984), 73-6.
"Humanism and Sensual Awareness in the Poetry of Robert Gray", Southerly, No. 3, 1986, 261-70.
"'A lady only by adoption' -- Civilisation in A Fringe of Leaves", Southerly, No. 4, 1987, 433-42.
"Sheer Voice and Fidget Wheels: A Study of 'Five Bells'", Australian Literary Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3 (May 1988), 253-65.
+"Richness and the Platypus: The Case for Australian Literature", Fremantle Arts Review, February 1990, 12-13.
Rpt. in Notes & Furphies, April 1991 (No. 26), 14-16.
"Landscape at the Edge of a Promise: Neilson and Australian Romanticism", Meridian, October 1990 (Vol. 9, No. 2), 133-42.
+"'On water stranger and less clear': Conceptions of Time and Death in the Work of Kenneth Slessor", Voices, Autumn 1991 (Vol. 1, No. 1), 5-20.
+"'Five Bells' and the Milkman's Bills: The Slessor Archive in the National Library of Australia", Voices, Autumn 1991 (Vol. 1, No. 1), 21-2.
"European and Australian Vision", Australian Studies (UK), April 1991, 61-72.
+"Coming over, overcoming", Australian Book Review, June 1991, 13-14.
+"Poetry Publishing in Australia", OzMuze, July 1991, 6-12.
"'My rather tedious hero': A Portrait of Kenneth Slessor", Westerly, September 1991, 27-36.
"'People, traffic and concrete': Perceptions of the City in Modern Singaporean Poetry", Span, No. 32 (April 1991), 85-94.
"Hyperborea versus Uninteresting Facts: Kenneth Slessor's Journalism in the Early 1920s", Southerly, December 1992, 15-29.
"'Long-legged Fly' and Yeats's Concept of Mind", Yeats Annual No.10, ed. Warwick Gould (London & Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993), 250-56.
+"Iambic Pentameters and the Platypus Duck: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Australian Poetry", Critical Survey (UK), Vol.6, No. 1 (January 1994), 28-42.
+"Confessions of a Justified Editor, or Life with Westerly", Australian and New Zealand Journal of Serials Librarianship, Vol.4, No.4, 1994, 1-7. Extract rpt in Book Worm (The Society of Editors [WA]), Issue 10, November 1994, 1-2.
+"The Role of Literary Magazines", co-written with Delys Bird, Australian Book Review, July 1995 (No. 172), 20.
+"On Philip Hodgins' things happen", Salt, No. 8 (1996), 32-36.
+"The Poetry of Brian Turner", Salt, No. 8 (1996), 92-96.
+"Publishing in Magazines", WA Poets' Handbook. Fremantle: State Literature Officer, 1996, 10-12.
+"Kenneth Slessor and the Chinese", Australian Literary Studies, Volume 17, No.4 (October 1996), 382-86.
+"Kenneth Slessor and the Orchestration of Dog-speech", Rajasthan Studies in English, Vol. XXIII (1991-92), 1-9.
+"Bruce Dawe, the Ordinary and Extraordinary Bloke", Canonozities , ed. Delys Bird, Robert Dixon & Susan Lever (special issue of Southerly on the Australian canon), Spring 1997, 171-81.
+"A Blue Pencil with Chillies: Editing Southeast Asian Literature", The Arts, No.5, The Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore, 1997, 18-20.
“The Ocean in Modern Australian Poetry”, Poseidon and the Muses, ed. Chung Ling et al. Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities (Taiwan), No. 4 (1999), 23-41.
+"Introduction to the Australian Poets/Introduzione ai Poeti Australiani" plus two poems, "Steps/Passi" and "Love and the Text-Book/L'amore e il Manuale", Semicherchio: Rivista di Poesia Comparata, No. XXII (2000), 7-10 & 22.
"Bruce Dawe at the Frontiers of Gawkiness", Antipodes, Vol. 14, No.1 (June 2000), 27-33.
+"W B Yeats", The Kenyon Review, Spring 2001 and Stand, March 2001 (special joint issue on "Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Celebration of the Nobel Prizes"), 168-175.
“New Dark on Noela Slessor”, Southerly, Vol. 62, No.3 (2003), 141-43.
(iv) Conference Publications:
"'People, traffic and concrete': Perceptions of the City in Modern Singaporean Poetry", Perceiving Other Worlds, ed. Edwin Thumboo. Singapore: Times Academic Press, 1991, 237-49 (the article in Span above).
"Bruce Dawe: Language, Self and Place", Land and Identity: Proceedings of the 1997 Conference, ed. Jennifer McDonell & Michael Deves. Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 1998, 243-49.
"Asia in Australian Literature -- Past and Present", Report of Asia-Pacific PEN Conference. Tokyo: Japan PEN Club, 1999, 28-32.
“Sunburnt Country and Sweating Island: Representation of Heat in Australian and Singaporean Literature and Painting”, Proceedings of Conference of Comparative Literature Association of Republic of China, 2004,
+"Introduction" to The Sea Poems of Kenneth Slessor. Canberra: Officina Brindabella, 1990, 7-8.
Sightings, ed. with John Kinsella. Perth: Folio, 1995, 16pp. (poetry collection).
+Statement of aesthetics and twenty poems: Featured Poet on poetryetc2 website, University of Cambridge, 2000.
Guide to Australian Literary Manuscripts, 2000: an online bibliography of literary manuscripts by selected Australian authors, prepared with Toby Burrows as head of a team from four universities plus the State Library of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia: http://findaid.library.uwa.edu.au/frames.html
AustLit; Australian Literature Gateway, 1999-: an electronic bibliography of Australian literature from its inception, including some texts available online. This is an ongoing project undertaken with a large team, including colleagues at UWA and seven other universities plus the National Library of Australia.
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- (i) Postcolonialism and Globalisation Studies
(ii) English Language
(iii) Editing and Bibliography
- Future research
- As above
- Funding received
Member of AustLit team, receiving ARC Linkage Grant
- Industrial relevance
- Oral and Written Communication
- Conversation level Italian and French
- Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
European Association for the Study of Australia
Asian Association for the Study of Australia
Indian Association for Australian Literary Studies
- Honours and awards
- 1974New South Wales Journalists' Association Prize, awarded to the best student in Australian Literature at The University of Sydney
1979Butterly-Earle Hooper Prize, awarded by Southerly magazine for the best work published in the previous year by a contributor who has yet to publish a book
1987Visiting Fellowship, National University of Singapore, funded by the International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges and the National University of Singapore for a visiting lecturer and scholar
1990Harold White Fellowship, awarded by the National Library of Australia for a visiting scholar
W.B. Yeats Society of Western Australia Scholarship, to attend 1990 W.B. Yeats Summer School, Sligo, Ireland
Irish Club of Western Australia Cultural Scholarship
1992University of Western Australia 75th Anniversary Research Award
University of Western Australia Division of Arts and Architecture Individual Research Project Grant
1993University of Western Australia Development Assistance Committee Grant, to visit Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
1994Runner up, Western Australian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry
Invitation and grant to deliver the Colin Roderick Lectures, James Cook University of North Queensland
1995, 1996ARC Small Grants (with Dr R Shapiro) for project "Paradigms of Identity in South-east Asian Literature"
1996Japan PEN Club invitation and grant to speak at Asia Pacific PEN conference , Tokyo
1997The Centre for the Arts, National University of Singapore invitation and grant to give poetry readings, a public lecture and workshops for Singaporean poets in Singapore
Flexible Program Delivery Scheme, Teaching & Learning Committee, UWA, to teach Honours unit interactively with National University of Singapore
1998 UWA Research Award for Academic Staff
Churchill College, University of Cambridge invitation and grant to read at Festival of Commonwealth Literature
ArtsWA grant towards airfare to Cambridge for Festival of Commonwealth Literature
UWA Excellence in Teaching Award
RIEF grant (with Delys Bird and with University of Queensland staff and others) $120,000, Electronic Bibliography of Western Australian writing
RIEF grant (with Delys Bird and with ADFA staff and others), Bibliographical indexing of literary content of Westerly
1999RIEF grant (with Toby Burrows and with eastern states universities and libraries) $125,000: National electronic database of Australian literary manuscripts
RIEF grant (with Delys Bird and with eastern states universities and libraries) $300,000 Creation of electronic gateway to Australian literature
Nomination for Excellence in Supervision Award
2000Visiting Professorship, RWTH-Aachen, Germany (funded by DAAD [German Government])
By-fellowship, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
2001Dublin Writers Festival, grant to read my own poetry at Festival
ARC Linkage grant (with Delys Bird and with eastern states universities and libraries) $350,000. Further work on Australian Literature Electronic Gateway. Similar grants RIEF grants received 2002 and 2003.
2002 UWA Research Grant $18,000 (for research with Megan McKinlay on
Representations of National Identity in Australian and Japanese Fiction)
2004Invited speaker, partially funded by Jawaharlal Nehru University to give paper and poetry reading at Second International Conference of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia, New Delhi, India
Funded by Dayanand College and Australia India Council to give paper and poetry reading at International Seminar on “Caring Cultures: Sharing Imaginations (Australia and India)”, Dayanand College, Ajmer, India
2005Go8 Chair in Australian Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Invited speaker, partially funded by the University of Innsbruck, to symposium on “Literatures in English: Research Priorities” (July; invitations restricted to 35 leading scholars)
Visiting Professor, L’université Charles de Gaulle, Lille, France, funded by French Government
Invited speaker, partially funded by the National University of Singapore, to symposium on “Literatures in English and Their Centres”
ARC LIEF grant (with 8 other universities and National Library) on AustLit humanities research infrastructure development through knowledge based dataset building, augmentation of key research elements and ICT development, $544,000
2007 Winner, Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry
Winner, Carrick National Teaching Award
Invited speaker and poet, partially funded by the University of Barcelona, to symposium on “Literatures in English: Ethnic, Colonial and Cultural Encounters” (July; invitations restricted to 60 leading scholars)
Invited speaker, funded by University of Philippines, to symposium on Literature and Culture in the Asia-Pacific
- Previous positions
- 1973-76 Tutor / Senior Tutor, School of Accountancy,
University of New South Wales
1977-81 Tutor, Department of English, The University of Sydney
1982-83 Assistant Lecturer, Department of English,
The University of Sydney
1984- 90 Lecturer, Department of English, The University of Western Australia
1991-94Senior Lecturer, Department of English, The University of Western Australia
1995-99Associate Professor, Department of English, The University of Western Australia
1999-Professor of English, Communication & Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia
- Australian Literature
- Current external positions
- External Advisor, University of Hong Kong Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing
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