contents
 introduction
 scope
 activities
 capacities
 infrastructure
 & benefits
 participants
    dennis altman
    michelle arrow
    paul arthur
    carol bacchi
    ros bandt
    larissa behrendt
    mary besemeres
    richard broome
    chilla bulbeck
    anthony burke
    david carment
    david carter
    jock collins
    liz conor
    greg craven
    martin crotty
    denis cryle
    ann curthoys
    kate darian-smith
    lynette finch
    rae frances
    lucy frost
    stephen garton     heather goodall
    anna haebich
    dennis haskell
    anthony hassall
    jeannie herbert
    jenny hocking
    alison holland
    elizabeth jacka
    bruce johnson
    carol johnson
    mary kalantzis
    marilyn lake
    kateryna longley
    andrew mccann
    chris mcconville
    russell mcdougall
    philip mead
    clive moore
    nicole moore
    stephen muecke
    ffion murphy
    john murphy
    martin nakata
    garth nettheim
    karl neuenfeldt
    christine nicholls
    richard nile
    marguerite nolan
    wenche ommundsen
    darlene oxenham
    maureen perkins
    emily potter
    jan ryan
    kay saunders
    sean scalmer
    bruce scates
    kay schaffer
    joanne scott
    graham seal
    june senyard
    sue sheridan
    judith smart
    tom stannage
    daniela stehlik
    jenny strauss
    sian supski
    hsu-ming teo
    graham tulloch
    james walter
    richard waterhouse
    elizabeth webby
    gus worby
    clare wright

 participants: andrew mccann
 Andrew McCann
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of English
University of Melbourne


Research Projects
ARC Discovery project, 2002-2004: "Marcus Clarke's Bohemia: Literature, Popular Culture and Urban Experience in Colonial Melbourne."

This study will contextualise Marcus Clarke's career in terms of the material culture of nineteenth-century Melbourne, producing the first complete and theoretically informed monograph on Australia's most important colonial prose writer. Clarke's self-conscious bohemianism highlighted the increasingly commercialised nature of nineteenth-century writing, the centrality of mass entertainment to urban life, the circulation of cultural capital between Europe and Australia, and the emergence of Australian literary nationalism in a larger imperial context. His career is thus uniquely positioned to elucidate the hitherto under-explored but pivotal relationship between literature and commodified popular culture in the specific context of an Australian settler-colony.
A STATEMENT ON MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD
My work on British Romanticism examines the relationship between Romantic aesthetics, commodity culture and class conflict in the wake of the French Revolution. This work integrates a range of theoretical concepts (aesthetic autonomy, commodification, and bourgeois and proletarian public spheres) into the discussion of cultural-historical material in a way that establishes the necessary reciprocity of theory and history. Aspects of this work, especially those exploring the relationship between the aesthetic and commodified popular culture, have nourished my more recent research on literature and consumerism in nineteenth-century Melbourne. Over the last five years I developed this work into discussions of Australian material, exploring the relationship between aesthetics and the commodity form, publishing four journal essays on aspects of Marcus Clarke's work and one on the arcades of nineteenth-century Melbourne which is also related to the general aims of this project. These essays are significant to Australian literary studies in that they bring work in critical theory to bear on an Australian context, drawing upon the writing of Walter Benjamin, Theodore Adorno and Sigfried Kracauer to move beyond solely author- or genre- based approaches and reveal hitherto little explored relationships between literature and commodity culture in an Australian context. The recent selection of my 1996 essay, "Marcus Clarke and the Society of the Spectacle; Reflections on Commodity-Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Melbourne," for inclusion in a reader of Australian literary criticism (forthcoming, University of Queensland Press) indicates a recognition of the importance of this work.
Publications
Books

Cultural Politics in the 1790s: Literature, Radicalism and the Public Sphere, London, Macmillan Press, 1999.

ed. Writing the Everyday: Australian Literature and the Limits of Suburbia, a special issue of Australian Literary Studies, St Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 1998.

Published Articles

'The Savage Metropolis: Animism, Aesthetics and the Pleasures of a Vanished Race', Textual Practice, 17:2 (2003): 317-333.

'Textual Phantasmagoria: Light Literature and the Colonial Uncanny', Australian Literary Studies, 21:2 (October 2003): 137-150.

'Bohemia and the Dream-Life of the Colonial City', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol. 1 (2002): 4-18.

'Romanticism, Nationalism and the Mythology of the Popular in William Lane's The Workingman's Paradise', Journal of Australian Studies, 70 (2001): 1-12.

'Humanism After Auschwitz: Reflections on Jean Améry's Freitod', Angelaki, vol 6, no. 3. (December 2001): 71-81.

'Romantic Self-Fashioning: John Thelwall and the Science of Elocution', Studies in Romanticism, vol. 40, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 215-232.

'Colonial Gothic: Morbid Anatomy, Commodification and Critique in The Mystery of Major Molineux', Australian literary Studies, vol. 19, no. 4 (2000); 399-412.

'Marcus Clarke, Gustave Doré and the Secret of the Popular', in Alison Bartlett, Robert Dixon and Christopher Lee (eds.), Australian Literature and the Public Sphere, Toowoomba: Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 1999: 101-109.

'Marcus Clarke and the Gothic Commodity', Southern Review, vol.31., no. 3 (1998); 282-296.

'Politico-Sentimentality: John Thelwall, Literary Production, and the Critique of Capital in the 1790s', Romanticism vol. 3, no. 1 (1997); 35-52.

'Conjugal Love and the Enlightenment Subject: the Colonial Context of Non-Identity in Maria Edgeworth's Belinda', Novel: a Forum vol. 30, no. 1 (Fall 1996); 56-77.

'Marcus Clarke and the Society of the Spectacle: Reflections on Writing and Commodity Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Melbourne', Australian Literary Studies vol. 17, no. 3 (May 1996); 222-234.

Forthcoming

Marcus Clarke's Bohemia: Literature and Modernity in Colonial Melbourne, Melbourne, Melbourne University Publishing, forthcoming 2004.
OTHER EVIDENCE OF IMPACT AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FIELD
My recent research stemming from the ARC Discovery Grant is now recognised as being amongst the most significant recent scholarship on Clarke and his cultural context. Recognition of the importance of this body of work is evident in the 2001 republication of my 1996 essay on Clarke as "Writing and Commodity Capitalism," in Delys Bird, Robert Dixon and Christopher Lee (eds.) Authority and Influence: Australian Literary Criticism 1950-2000 (St Lucia:, University of Queensland Press, 2001), an anthology of influential and representative pieces of Australian literary criticism; an invitation to write a new introduction for the recent Angus and Robertson reissue of His Natural Life (published in 2002), and regular citation of on Clarke and Bohemia by leading critics like Veronica Kelly and Ian Henderson. The inclusion of an essay in Textual Practice (2003) however, represents a significant broadening of the audience for and the impact of this work. Textual Practice is the leading British journal of the new humanities. Because my work on Clarke seeks to revise the assumptions of critical and cultural theory in the light of the hitherto under-studied adaptation of metropolitan sensibilities in a colonial context, publishing work on colonial Australia in such an important international forum will maximise its influence on the field of literary studies more generally conceived.
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