Professor Brigitta Olubas

BA (Hons 1) DipEd Tas, MA (Hons 1) Syd, PhD UNSW

School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 2303
225, Level 2 Robert Webster
Fields: Cultural Studies, Literary Studies
Tags: Languages and Literature, Other Cultural Understanding

Brigitta Olubas is Professor of English. Principal research areas include: Australian Literature and transnational writing, Australian modernity, literary and visual culture studies, gender studies and narrative ethics.

Recent publications include an edition of Hazzard's non-fiction writings for Columbia University Press, and a collection of essays on Elizabeth Harrower, co-edited with Elizabeth McMahon. Currently writing a biography of Shirley Hazzard for Farrar Straus and Giroux.

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • McMahon EN;Olubas B, 2017, '"Rediscovering Again: Reading Elizabeth Harrower Across Time"', in McMahon EN; Olubas B (ed.), Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, edn. Sydney Studies in Australian Literature, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 7
    • Olubas B, 2017, '"Addiction, Fire, and the Face in The Catherine Wheel"', in McMahon EN; Olubas B (ed.), Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, edn. Sydney Studies in Australian Literature, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 99 - 108
    • Olubas B, 2017, 'Literature, Literary Ethics, and the Global Contexts of Australian Literature: Teaching Nam Le's The Boat', in Birns N; Moore N; Shieff S (ed.), Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature, edn. Options for Teaching, Modern Language Association of America, New York, pp. 190 - 198, https://www.mla.org/Publications/Bookstore/Options-for-Teaching/Teaching-Australian-and-New-Zealand-Literature
    • Olubas B, 2016, 'Shirley Hazzard: Author, Amateur, Citizen', in We Need Silence To Find Out What WeThink, Columbia University Press, New York, pp. xiii - xxi
    • Olubas B;Howard I, 2015, '"Making Visible, changing sides: the contradictory use of camouflage by artists Xing Junqin and Ian Howard"', in Elias A; Harley R; Tsoutas N (ed.), Camouflage Cultures: Beyond the art of disappearance, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 127 - 145
    • Olubas B, 2014, 'Romulus, My Father and the Australian Literary Imaginary', in Taylor C; Graefe M (ed.), A Sense for Humanity: The Ethical Thought of Raimond Gaita, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 35 - 47, http://www.publishing.monash.edu/books/sh-9781922235459.html
    • Olubas B, 2013, ''The Last Curve of the Globe': Deep Time and Scenes of Reading in Shirley Hazzard's The Great Fire', in Dixon R; Rooney B (ed.), Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?, Australian Scholarly Press, North Melbourne, pp. 127 - 136
    • Olubas B, 2013, 'Home and Away: Shirley Hazzard's The Great Fire [2003]', in Genoni P; Dalziell T (ed.), Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures 1935-2012, edn. Original, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 532 - 538, http://site.ebrary.com/lib/gobi/docDetail.action?docID=10782949&page=1
    • Olubas B, 2012, '"Like/Unlike: Portraiture, Similtude and the Craft of Words in The Sitters"', in Dixon R (ed.), The Novels of Alex Miller, edn. Original, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 89 - 100, http://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/page/C820226?mainTabTemplate=workTableOfContents&embId=Z1856234
    • Olubas B, 2010, 'Some of the doors of the house have never been seen open: Poetic Habitation and Civil Space in Patrick White's Early Drama', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays, edn. 1, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York, pp. 149 - 162
    • Olubas B, 2010, 'God Sees My Name: Belonging in The Crucible', in Scoping the syllabus : papers from the English Association English Teachers Conference 2010, edn. Original, English Association, Sydney
    • Olubas B, 2009, 'Modes of Belonging in Romulus, My Father', in Ways of Teaching, edn. Original, English Association Sydney, Sydney, pp. 55 - 63
    • Olubas B, 2006, 'Jack Davis', in Samuels S (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 325: Australian writers, 1975 - 2000, edn. Original, Thomson Gale, Detroit, pp. 59 - 64
    • McMahon EN;Olubas B, 2006, 'Introduction: Women Making Time', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis, edn. First, University of WA Press, Perth, pp. 1 - 13
    • Olubas B, 2006, 'Awake/Asleep', in Marian Drews - Photographs and Video Works, edn. First, Qld Centre for Photography, Brisbane, pp. 49 - 58
    • Olubas B, 2006, 'That Which Is In Making it: Practices of efficiency, waste and modernity in artworks by Donna Marcus', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis, edn. First, University of WA Press, Perth, pp. 62 - 77
    • Olubas B, 2004, 'Antigone Kefala', in Samuels S (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 289: Australian Writers, 1950 - 1975, edn. Original, Thomson Gale, Detroit, pp. 175 - 179
    • Olubas B, 2004, 'Shirley Hazzard', in Samuels S (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 289: Australian Writers, 1950 - 1975, edn. Original, Thomson Gale, Detroit, pp. 114 - 120
    • Ashcroft B;Olubas B;Kossew S, 2003, 'Rethinking First Year English: A Web-Assisted, Modular and Collaborative Course in First Year English', in Wilson S; Scoufis M; Weiss B (ed.), UNSW: Exciting and Engaging Our Students in their First Year at UNSW: Issues, Tips and Resources for FY Learning and Teaching at UNSW, edn. ., University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 115 - 118
    • Olubas B, 1999, 'Affective territory: writing white guilt and responsibility in 1990s Australia', in ecrire: a la croisee des iles, des langues, edn. Original, L'Harmattan, Paris, France., pp. 125 - 135

    Journal articles

    Creative Written Works

    • Olubas B, 1997, Donna Marcus - `99% Pure Aluminium` Noosa Regional Gallery, Eyeline

    Edited Books

Teaching and Supervision

Course Convenor:
ARTS1030 Forms of Writing: Literature, Genre Culture
ARTS2031 Australian Literature
ARTS2038 Popular Fictions: Novels and Their Afterlives

Areas of HDR supervision:
Currently supervising Honours and PhD research in the following areas: Australian literature, literary modernism, feminist theory and women's writing, literary and visual culture, transnational literary cultures and nineteenth-century fiction.

Engagement and Professional contributions

Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Australian Universities Heads of English (AUHE)
Modern Language Association
Editor, Live Crossings (magazine of creative practice by Indigenous and refugee practitioners)
Executive of the NSW English Association

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