Professor Brigitta Olubas

Program Convenor: English, Creative Writing and Film Studies
BA (Hons 1) DipEd Tas, MA (Hons 1) Syd, PhD UNSW
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 2303
Room 225, Level 2, Robert Webster

Consultation

Semester 1 2018: Tuesdays 10-12; Wednesdays 12-1
Fields: Cultural Studies, Literary Studies
Tags: Languages and Literature, Other Cultural Understanding

I teach and research in the areas of contemporary writing, Australian Literature, women writers, feminist aesthetics, literary and visual culture, critical theory, nineteenth and twentieth century fiction. I am currently writing a biography of Shirey Hazzard for Farrar Straus and Giroux.

I am available to supervise Honours and postgraduate research in the following areas: Australian literature, literary modernism, cultural studies, feminist theory, women's writing, literary and visual culture, transnational literary cultures, nineteenth-century fiction, literary biography.

Current PhD supervisions:

I am currently supervising students working in the following areas: biography of Marjorie Barnard; the work of Antigone Kefala; African-American women's confinement narratives

Completed PhD supervisions (primary or joint supervisor):

Shaun Bell, "Writing the Hyphen: Queer Masculinities, Nationalism, and Literary Transnationalism" (2017 - primary supervisor)

Jacinta Kelly, "Counting bodies: the untempered spaces of Mina Loy" (2015 - primary supervisor)

Naomi RIddle, "'A Pale Expectancy' - female mobility and the post-war space in the novels of Jessica Anderson, Shirley Hazzard and Elizabeth Harrower" (2015 - joint supervisor with Elizabeth McMahon)

Marina Mihova, "Reading In-between Language, Image, and Things in the Writing of Lyn Hejinian" (2013 - primary supervisor)                                                              

Suzanne Stuart, "Steven Phone Home: the Cultural Ambivalences of Family in the Cinema of Steven Spielberg" (2012 - primary supervisor)

Darien Rozentals,"Monumental Amnesia: Reading the spatial narratives of contemporary urban landscapes" (2008 - primary supervisor)

Kate Livett, "Subjects, Objects and the fetishisms of modernity in the works of Gertrude Stein" (2006 - primary supervisor)

Paula Abood, "The Arab as Spectacle: Race, Representation and Gender in Popular Culture" (2007 - joint supervisor with Anne Brewster)

Rebecca Curran, "'Internal Difference / Where the Meanings Are': A Theory of Productive Mourning" (2007 - joint supervisor with Anne Brewster)

Anthea Taylor, "Stones, ripples, waves: Refiguring The First Stone media event" (2005 - primary supervisor)

Martia Bullock, "Timely figurations: the dialectics of trash in the work of four Australian artists of the nineties" (2004 - joint supervision with Elizabeth McMahon)

Matthew Cleveland, "The Substrates of Transgression: A Žižekian Account of four Iceberg Slim novellas" (2001 - primary supervisor)

Amanda Fernbach, "Synthetic selves, techno idols and the dominatrix : cultural fetishisms from decadence to the post-human" (2000 - joint supervisor with Roslyn Diprose)

 

Research

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.

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.

Publications

    Books

    • Olubas B, (ed.), 2016, We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think Selected Essays, Columbia University Press, New York
    • Olubas B, 2014, Shirley Hazzard: New Critical Essays, Sydney Studies in Australian Literature, Sydney University Press, Sydney
    • Olubas B, 2012, Shirley Hazzard: Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist, Original, Cambria Press, Amherst, NY, http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=4&bid=504
    • McMahon EN; Olubas B, (eds.), 2010, Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays, 1, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York
    • McMahon EN; Olubas B, (eds.), 2006, Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis, First, University of WA Press, Perth

    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', 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

    Other

    Creative Written Works

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

    Edited Books

    • 2017, Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, Sydney University Press, Sydney

Teaching

Course Convenor:

ARTS1030 Forms of Writing: Literature, Genre Culture

ARTS2031 Australian Literature

ARTS2038 Popular Fictions: Novels and Their Afterlives

Professional contribution

Managing Editor (with Prof Tony Simoes da Silva) of JASAL (Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature)

Executive of the NSW English Association

Affiliations and membership

Association for the Study of Australian Literature

Australian Universities Heads of English (AUHE)

Modern Language Association 

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