Associate 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


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


Semester 2 2017: Mondays 10-11; Tuesdays 3-4
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 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.

I am currently a nominated supervisor for the UNSW Scientia postgraduate scheme on the topic of International Australian Literary Cultures and welcome inquiries from prospective local and international doctoral students on this topic:

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)



Brigitta Olubas is Associate Professor of English. Princial 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, due 2017 from Sydney University Press

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.



    • 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,
    • 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

    • 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,
    • 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
    • Galliott J, 2015, 'Introduction', in Commercial Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy and Governance, pp. 1 - 6
    • 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,
    • 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,
    • 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,
    • 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

    • Olubas B, 2015, '" 'I think you're my wife': Translation, Marriage and the Literary Lives of Shirley Hazzard and Francis Steegmuller"', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, vol. 75, pp. 73 - 87
    • Olubas B, 2014, 'Introduction: Country - "It's Earth"', JASAL, vol. 14,
    • Olubas B, 2014, '"The illusion of old solitude": Shirley Hazzard's Capri', Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 38, pp. 281 - 291,
    • Olubas B, 2014, 'Sorry I'm Late', Sydney Review of Books,
    • Olubas B, 2014, 'Lines of Connection', Asian Art News, vol. 24, pp. 40 - 44
    • Olubas B;Simoes da Silva T, 2014, 'Reconfiguring the National Imaginary', JASAL, vol. 13
    • Olubas B;Wevers L, 2013, 'The Colonies - Australia and New Zealand', JASAL, vol. 13
    • Olubas B;McMahon EN, 2011, 'Introduction', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. 11, pp. np,
    • Olubas B, 2010, 'Review of: Noel Rowe, Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. 10, pp. np,
    • Olubas B, 2010, '"Modern masters of their craft"', Spectrum- The Sydney Morning Herald, pp. 37 - 37
    • Olubas B, 2010, '"'At home in more than one place': Cosmopolitanism in the work of Shirley Hazzard"', Australian Book Review, pp. 9 - 11
    • Olubas B, 2010, '"Shirley Hazzard's Australia: Belated Reading and Cultural Mobility"', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. Special Issue: Common Readers and Cultural Critics,
    • Olubas B, 2008, 'Anachronism, ekphrasis and the 'shape of time' in The Great Fire', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 23, pp. 279 - 289
    • Olubas B, 2008, 'Visual Art and Bourgeois Forms in Shirley Hazzard`s Fiction', Southerly, vol. 68, pp. 13 - 23
    • Olubas B, 2007, 'Truth, writing and national belonging in `Romulus, My Father`', Australian Humanities Review, vol. 43, pp. Online
    • Olubas B, 2005, 'Image, Affect and Memory: Relations of Looking in Tracey Moffat`s `beDevil`', Southerly, vol. 65, No.1, pp. 81 - 90
    • Olubas B, 2002, '“‘Paradoxes of Non-Existence’: Questions of Time, Metaphor and the Materialities of Cultural Traditions in Wilson Harris’s discussions of Australian Texts”', Australian Cultural History, pp. 81 - 89
    • Olubas B, 2001, '“Dead Heart?: Reconciliation and Other Refusals in 1990s Australia”', Cultures of the Commonwealth: Essays and Studies, pp. 149 - 161
    • Olubas B, 2001, '`The Dirt Does My Thinking`: The Re-Use of Domestic Materials in Artworks by Donna Marcus and Bruce Reynolds', UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing, vol. 7, pp. 115 - 122
    • Olubas B, 2001, 'Looking Down: Linoleum in Works by Bruce Reynolds 1992-1996', Southerly, vol. 61, pp. 168 - 179
    • Olubas B, 2000, '“Changing ‘the Mind of Fiction’: Questions of Theory and Reading in Wilson Harris’s Essays"', Journal of Caribbean Literatures, vol. 2, pp. 187 - 197
    • Olubas B, 1999, '"Remembering and Taking up an Ethics of Listening in The Stolen Children"', Australian Humanities Review,
    • Olubas B, 1998, 'Review of Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, `Women filmmakers of the African and Asian diaspora`', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, pp. 144 - 145
    • Olubas B, 1998, 'Entries on Katherine Mansfield, Toni Morrison, Anais Nin, Alice Walker', Reader`s guide to women`s studies
    • Olubas B;Abood P;Hatzimanolis E, 1997, 'Critical Identities` Editorial', Xtext 1 Crossing Performances
    • Olubas B, 1997, 'Not speaking, Listening Section 3', Bulletin of the Olive Pink Society, pp. 4 - 14
    • Olubas B, 1989, '" 'Infinite Rehearsal' in the work of Miles Franklin"', New Literatures Review


    Creative Written Works

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


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)

Vice-President (Financial) and founding Executive member of the AUHE (Australian Heads of University English)

Immediate Past President of ASAL (Association for the Study of Australian Literature)

Executive of the NSW English Association

Affiliations and membership

Association for the Study of Australian Literature

Modern Language Association 

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