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 Michelle Arrow
Macquarie University

Dr. Michelle Arrow completed her PhD thesis in 1999 and it was published as Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last in 2002. Upstaged was shortlisted for four national awards: the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the NSW Premier's History Awards, the ASAL Walter McRae Russell Prize, and the Westfield/Waverly Library Prize for Literature. Dr Arrow won the NSW History Fellowship in 2001 for her ongoing research into the social and cultural history of ABC radio serials 'The Lawsons' and 'Blue Hills'. She is also working on a history of Australian postwar popular culture for UNSW Press. Dr Arrow is currently working as a presenter on the forthcoming ABC TV series 'History Detectives' and will take up a position as Associate Lecturer in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University in July 2004. Research Projects
Tuned In: A Cultural History of The Lawsons and Blue Hills
This ongoing project is a history of the famous ABC radio serials The Lawsons and Blue Hills (1944-1976) and especially of listener responses to the serials. It has attracted strong interest from the general public - I have received more than 120 letters and emails from former listeners. The project has also had keen media interest and I have completed more than 10 radio interviews on the project. This project was awarded the NSW History Fellowship in 2000 for 2001.

From Blue Hills to Big Brother: Australian Popular culture and its Audiences from the Fifties to the Noughties
This book will provide the first survey study of Australian popular culture from the 1950s to 2001, with an emphasis on its place in everyday life and its wider political and social contexts. The book will be a history of Australia's last fifty years through popular culture and a study of audience responses to this culture. - A contract for this book was signed with UNSW Press in November 2002.

Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last, Pluto Press & Currency Press, Sydney, 2002.

From Blue Hills to Big Brother: Australian Popular culture and its Audiences from the Fifties to the Noughties contract signed with UNSW press for 2005 release

Journal Articles

'Abolitionism' and 'Civil Rights', Companion to Women's Historical Writing, Mary Spongberg (ed.) Palgrave, in press.

'Australian Women Writers Pre-1970', Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, Gabrielle Cody and Evert Sprinchorn, (eds.) Grolier, Danbury CT, in press.

'Edward Howell', entry for Australian Dictionary of Biography, in press.

"What About Audiences? Popular Culture at Stage Five", Teaching History 37(4), December 2003.

'Written Out Of History? The Disappearance of Australia's Women Playwrights', Overland, No.155, 1999.

'Career Playwrights': Working Women Dramatists and Australian Culture, 1928 - 1968', Australian Literature and the Public Sphere, refereed proceedings of 1998 Association for the Study of Australian Literature Conference, Alison Bartlett, Robert Dixon and Christopher Lee (eds), 1999.

''Good Entertainment and Good Family Life': Listener Readings and Responses to Gwen Meredith's The Lawsons and Blue Hills', Journal of Australian Studies, October 1998.
Prizes and Awards
My book Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last (2002) was shortlisted for:
  • The Gleebooks Prize for Literary and Cultural Criticism in the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • The State Records NSW - John and Patricia Ward Prize in the 2003 NSW Premier's History Awards
  • The Westfield/Waverley Library Award for Literature for 2003
  • ASAL Walter McRae Russell Award 2003
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