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Cynthia vanden Driesen

Dr Cynthia vanden Driesen

Honorary Research Fellow
English and Cultural Studies

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English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
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Cynthia vanden Driesen was born in Sri Lanka and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ceylon.
She completed her Master's and Doctoral Studies at the University of Western Australia and a Diploma in Education at Murdoch University WA. She has taught at Universities abroad( Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Korea) and in Australia taught at Edith Cowan University for a period of twenty years.
She was a founder-member of ASAA (Assn. for the Study of Australasia in Asia)established in 1994 and currently continues to serve as its Australian President.
Key research
Australian Literature, Postcolonial Literature ( primarily Indian and African Literature, Womens Studies and Literary Theory.

Patrick White Centenary – The Legacy of a Prodigal Son (2014) with Bill Ashcroft
Newcastle Upon Tyne:Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 511pp.ISBN (10):1-4438-6040-6

Globalisation: Austral-Asian Perspectives,(2013) with T. Vijay Kumar.
New Delhi: Atlantic Press.412 pp. ISBN: 978-81-269-1857-7

Change, Conflict and Convergence,Austral-Asian Scenarios, (2010) with Ian vanden Driesen, Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan. 372 pp. ISBN: 978-81-250-4219-8

Patrick White – Writing the Nation – Patrick White and the Indigene (2009). Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi.207 pp. ISBN:978-90-420-2516-5

Diaspora –The Australasian Experience (2006) with Ralph Crane. New Delhi: Prestige 540 pp ISBN 81 -7551-176-1

.Asian-Australian Encounters ( 2003) with Satendra Nandan. New Delhi:Prestige, 440 pp. ISBN 81 -7551-131-1.

Celebrations – Fifty Years of Sri Lanka-Australia Interaction. (1999) with Ian vanden Driesen Sri Lanka: Government Press. 615pp.ISBN 955-649-002-7.

New Directions in Australian Studies(2000) with Adrian Mitchell. New Delhi: Prestige. 415pp.ISBN: 81-7551-084-6

Centering the Margins - Perspectives on Literatures in English from India, Africa, Australia, Prestige Books, (1995). New Delhi, India. 143 pp .ISBN: 81-85218-99-4

An Anthology of Australian Literature for Korean Readers (1995). Trans. Prof. Choi Jin Yong, Chung-Ang University, Korea. Hanshin Press, South Korea. 457 pp. ISBN: 89-48-0448-3

The Novels of R.K. Narayan. (1986) Perth: Centre for South Asian Studies. The University of Western Australia. ISSN :0155-0179, ISBN:909857-26-1.

Chapters in Books

.”Jung, the Artist and Society and Patrick White,”. repr. Patrick White :Critical Issues (2014),ed. Ishmeet Kaur, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers. 19 – 34.
Introduction, Patrick White Centenary- The Legacy of a Prodigal Son (2014) eds.Cynthia vanden Driesen, Bill Ashcroft. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. xiii – xxiv.
” Motifs of Resilience :Synergies beween African and Indian Women’sWriting –Selected Novels of Nwapa,Emecheta,Adichie/Desai,Deshpande,Roy,” Literatures in English:New Frontiers in Research eds. Michael Keneally, Rhona Keneally and Wolfgang Zach, (In press.)
The ‘Other’ Within: Identity, Belonging And Hybridity in the Australian Context-Perspectives from Grenville’s The Secret River and The Lieutenant (2012)
In Literatures in English: New Ethical, Cultural and Transnational Perspectives,
eds. Michael Kenneally, Rhona Richman Kenneally, Wolfgang Zach
Tuebingen: Stauffenburg Publ. SECL ca. 450 pp.

‘Unspeakable Rites, Cannibalism in Patrick White’s A Fringe of Leaves,’ in -- Legacy,Essays in Honour of Hena Maes-Jelinek, ed. Benedicte Ledent, Rodopi, Amsterdam.(forthcoming).

The Novelist Skipped Town – Postscript to the International Conference onR.K.Narayan,’repr. nin Colonial Spectres and Beyond-Studies in Indian Writing in English (2011) ed. Sarbojit Biswas & Arindam Das. Kolkata, India: Booksway,. (Have also contributed a substantial Foreword to this book).

‘Negotiating a New Dispensation: Challenges for Settler Societies in a Postcolonised World: Patrick White’s Narration of the Indigene and the Nation,’ Selected Papers in Writing Asia: The Literatures in Englishes, Vol 1. From the Inside, Asia-Pacific Literatures in Englishes (2009) eds. Edwin Thumboo, Rex Ian Sayson, Ethos books, Singapore, pp.459 - 474.

‘Asian Odysseys in Australia’ in Diaspora - the Australasian Experience (2007) eds Cynthia vanden Driesen & Ralph Crane,Prestige: New Delhi.pp.245-262

‘The Indian Woman as “Shakti,”: A Reinterpretation – In Honour of R.K. Narayan’ (2003).in Austral-Asian Encounters, eds. Cynthia vanden Driesen & Satendra Nandan. New Delhi; Prestige. pp.35-45.

‘Representations of the Indian Feminine – Fifty Years of R.K. Narayan’s Writing’ in Fifty Years of Indian Independence.(2001). ed. Felicity Hand & Kathleen Firth, University of Barcelona Press, Barcelona pp 32 -45

When Language Dances’(2000) in Arundhati Roy – The Novelist Extraordinary, R.K. Dhawan ed,New Delhi, Prestige, pp 365-376

‘Re-writing Europe Carey’s Jack Maggs and Malouf’s Remembering Babylon,’in A Sea For Encounters,(2009) ,ed Stella Borg-Barthet, pp307- 323.

‘Transcreations of the Colonized: From Okonkwo to Beatrice’(1999) in Translating Cultures. ed. Isabel Suarez, Fernandez Dangaroo: Oviedo. pp 327-334.

‘Bakhtinian Polyphonies’ in Patrick White’s Texts’ in Nobel Laureates in Literature, ed. A.L. McLeod, New Delhi, Stirling, (1996).pp.42- 56.

‘Devils, Savages, Nobler Forms; Post Colonial Re-inventions of the Indigene in the work of Patrick White’ (1995), in Australia’s Changing Landscapes, ed. Susan Ballyn, Doireann MacDermott and Kathleen Firth. Barcelona: Promociones y Publicaciones Univesitarios. pp 86-95.

‘‘Hoju’ - Australia; Korean Perceptions of the Land “Down Under” (1994). in Australia in the World - Perceptions and Possibilities, ed.Don Grant and Graham Seal. Curtin University of Technology: Black Swan Press. pp. 325-330.

‘The Artist and Society: Jung and Patrick White.’ (Reprint). Australia Literature Today, R.KDhawan and David Kerr (Eds.), (1993) Mehra, New Delhi, India. pp. 119-132.

‘Chronicle of an Indian Boyhood’ in R.K. Narayan - Critical Perspectives, ed. A.L. McLeod, Sterling, New Delhi, (1993). pp. 164-174.

‘Pointers and Parallels: Patterns in Post-Colonial Experience’ in South Asian Responses to Chinhua Achebe, B. Lindfors & B. Kothandaraman ed. New Delhi: Prestige. pp. 63-79.

The Holy Fool in the Novels of Patrick White’ in Patrick White: Life and Writings.(1991) Centre for Commonwealth Studies, University of Stirling, Scotland, pp. 60-77.

Refereed journal articles

‘Sea-change” or Atrophy? Australia’s Convict Inheritance’ in Coolabah, Barcelona. (forthcoming.) in Coolabah, No.3, (2009),Barcelona,ISSN 1988-5 ed. Susan Ballyn, pp.35 – 42.
‘Colonial Writing in Western Australia 1829-1890’– (2009) Historical Encyclopaedia of Western Australia, Perth: UWA Press, Perth, W. Australia.pp214-215

‘From A Shrew from the Orkneys,to White Indigene, the Re-inventions of Eliza Fraser,in Coolabah, No.3, (2009),Barcelona,ISSN 1988-5 ed. Susan Ballyn, pp.35 – 42.

‘Heaven in a Grain of Sand’ (2009) —Patrick White’s contemporary vision ‘Forum on Public Policy, Online,http:// forum on

‘Exorcising Alterity :South Asian Writing in Australia,’ (July 2004) Journal of Australasian Studies, Vol 1. No.1. pp16-24.

‘Asian Writing in Australia - Towards an Australasian Identity’ in The Literary Criterion. Vol. XXX. Nos. 1 & 2, (1995). Mysore, India. pp 17- 26

‘Asian Writing in Australia - Towards an Australasian Identity’ (1995). in The Literary Criterion. Vol. XXX. Nos. 1 & 2, Mysore, India. pp 17-29.

‘The Novelist Skipped Town ... Postscript to ICASEL Conference, Mysore’ (October 1992-May 1993 ) Double Issue SPAN, Journal of SPACLALS (S. Pacific Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies). Issues 34 and 35. pp. 184-197.

Changing Roles of the Indian Woman - Views of an Indian Novelist’. (1992). Indian Ocean Review, Vol. V. No. 3. pp. 13-15 & 18.

The Artist and Society: Jung and Patrick White’. (1991/92). (Reprint). The Commonwealth Review. Vol. 3 No. 2 New Delhi, India. pp. 119-132.

‘Australian Studies in South Korea’. Australian Studies. No. 17, (April 1990) Australian Studies Association Inc.,’ Queensland, pp. 70- 75.

‘R.K. Narayan’s neglected novel Waiting for the Mahatma (1986) ‘World Literature Written In English. Vol. 26 No. 2, Texas, U.S.A. pp. 362-369

‘Jung the Artist and Patrick White’. St Mark’s Review. No. 119, (September 1984), Canberra, pp 22-31.[repr:1991,2014;listed above.]

‘The Achievement of R.K. Narayan’ (1981) Literature East and West Vol. 21 Nos. 1-4, Texas U.S.A., pp 51-64.

‘From Rogue to Redeemer. R.K. Narayan’s “The Guide” (1979). International Fiction Review Vol. VI No. 2 New Brunswick, Canada, pp 166-170.

‘The Problems of the Contemporary Religious Novelist’. Symposium. Perth Quarterly Review. 1.1. (June 1978) 37-39, 42.
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