Dr Fiona Morrison

Senior Lecturer
BA (H1, University of Sydney) PhD (University of Sydney), Grad. Cert. Adult Education (AIW)
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 5275
Room 311B, Level 3, Robert Webster
Fields: Literary Studies

I teach and research in the following areas: postcolonial literature and theory, Australian literature, expatriate modernism, modern Irish writing, literature of the American 1930s, rhetoric.

Research

My research and teaching interests arein the area of postcolonial literatures in English and Australian literature. I have also taught a great deal across the English literary canon as well as liteary theory, gender and rhetorical studies.

My current research project, Christina Stead in America, reads Stead’s American novels with a particular focus on her Australian and transnational background, her commitment to the mobile subject position of “fellow traveller” and her allied critique of World War II America. This project picks up sustained work on Stead’s I’m Dying Laughing, as well as material from the politics section of my recent critical edition of Dorothy Hewett’s nonfiction prose.

Publications

Books
  • Morrison, F (ed.) Dorothy Hewett: Selected Prose. Nedlands: University of Western Australian Press, 2011.
  • Morrison, F and Michael Parker. Masters in Pieces: The English Canon for the Twenty-First Century. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Journal articles

 

  • Morrison, F. “Leaving the Party: Dorothy Hewett, literary politics and the long 1960s.” Southerly 73.4 (2012) In press.
  • Morrison, F. “’I must have a mask to hide behind’: Signature, Imposture and Henry Handel Richardson.” JASAL Special Issue: Archive Madness (2011).

  • “The Quality of 'Life': Dorothy Hewett’s Literary Criticism” JASAL 10 (2010).

  • “The Elided Middle: Christina Stead’s For Love Alone and the Colonial ‘Voyage In. ’ Southerly 69:2 (2009): 155-174.

  • “On Foreign Ground: Expatriate Masculinity and the Unhomely Woman in Henry Handel Richardson’s Maurice Guest.” Southerly 61:2 (2001): 64-79.
  • “Figures of the Many and the One: Gender, Genre and Narrative Structure in Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.” Sydney Studies in English 25 (1999): 133-151.
Book chapters
  •  Morrison, F. ‘The American Introduction: Perfect Readers, Unread Books and Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children.Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia. Ed. Peter Kirkpatrick. Sydney: Sydney UP (forthcoming, January, 2012)
  • “The ‘American Dilemma’: Christina Stead’s Cold War Anatomy”. Reading Across the Pacific: United States-Australian Intellectual Histories. Edited by Nicholas Birns and Robert Dixon. Sydney: University of Sydney Press. In press.
  • “’The Cruel Book’: Political Satire and the Female Satirist in I'm Dying Laughing.” 2000. In The Magic Phrase: Critical Essays on Christina Stead. Ed. M.A. Harris. Studies in Australian Literature Series. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2000. Reprinted in Gale/Cengage. Twentieth Century Literary Criticism vol. 226. Belmont: Gale/Cengage Learning 2010.
  • “The Rhetoric of Sensation: Austen, Bronte and the ‘Gothic Romance.’” Proceedings of the English Association Conference, 2010. Ed. Richard Madeleine. Sydney: The English Association, 2010.
  • “To Have Loved and Lost: Life Writing and the Rhetoric of Consolation.” New Directions: Proceedings of the English Association Conference, 2008. Ed. Richard Madeleine. Sydney: The English Association, 2008. 110-121.
  • F. Morrison and M. Harris. Introduction. The Little Hotel. By Christina Stead. Sydney: Richmond, 2003.
Conference proceedings
  • “Anglo-Celtic Elegy: Reading the Cultural Hyphen.” Origins and Revivals: Proceedings of the First Australian Conference of Celtic Studies 2001. Ed. G. G. Evans. Sydney Series in Celtic Studies. Sydney: The Centre for Celtic Studies, 2001. 457-470.
Academic reviews
  • Morrison, F. “A Tenacious Hold.” Review of Susan Sheridan, Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers Making their Mark. St Lucia: UQP, 2012. In Australian Feminist Studies 27.72 (2012): 225-227.
  • “The Young Dancer.” Review of Dorothy Hewett. The Gypsy Dancer. Ed. Christine Alexander and others. Sydney: Juvenilia Press, 2009. Accepted for Southerly 71:2 (2010).
  • “Ghostbusting”. Review of Teresa Peterson. The Enigmatic Christina Stead: A Provocative Re-reading. Melbourne: MUP, 2000. In Overland 168 (2002): 102-106.

Publications

    Books

    • Morrison, (ed.), 2011, Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett, Original, University of Western Australia Press, Perth
    • Morrison; Parker M, 2006, Masters in Pieces: The English Canon for the Twenty-first century, Original, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne
    • Morrison; Harris M, (eds.), 2003, The Little Hotel, Original, Richmond (ETT), Sydney

    Book Chapters

    • Morrison F, 2014, '“Bursting with Voice and Doubleness: Vernacular presence and visions of inclusiveness in Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet.”', in McCredden L; O'Reilly N (ed.), Tim Winton: Critical Essays., edn. 1st, UWAP, Nedlands, pp. 49 - 74, http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/tim-winton-critical-essays
    • Morrison F, 2014, '““This Intricate Lasting Nature”: Passage, Pastoral Elegy and the Pedagogy of Loss in Shirley Hazzard’s The Evening of the Holiday.”', in Olubas B (ed.), Shirley Hazzard: new critical essays, edn. Sydney Studies in Australian Literature, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, pp. 13 - 23, https://sup-estore.sydney.edu.au/jspcart/cart/Product.jsp?nID=958&nCategoryID=1
    • Morrison, 2012, '‘The American Introduction: Perfect Readers, Unread Books and Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children.', in Kirkpatrick P (ed.), Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, edn. Original, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, pp. 127 - 136, http://fmx01.ucc.usyd.edu.au/jspcart/cart/Product.jsp?nID=655&nCategoryID=30
    • Morrison F, 2011, 'Introduction', in Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, pp. 2 - 28
    • Morrison, 2010, 'The Rhetoric of Sensation: Austen, Bronte and the Gothic Romance.', in Scoping the syllabus : papers from the English Association English Teachers Conference 2010, edn. Original, English Association, Sydney, pp. 107 - 116
    • Morrison, 2008, 'To Have Loved and Lost: Life Writing and the Rhetoric of Consolation', in New Directions, edn. Original, English Association Sydney, Sydney, pp. 110 - 121
    • Morrison F, 2003, 'Introduction', in Morrison F (ed.), The Little Hotel. By Christina Stead., Richmond, Sydney, pp. ix - xiv
    • Morrison, 2000, '“’The Cruel Book’: Political Satire and the Female Satirist in I'm Dying Laughing.”', in Harris M (ed.), The Magic Phrase: Critical Essays on Christina Stead. Rpt. in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 244. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 183-192. Print., edn. Original, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, pp. 224 - 240

    Journal articles

    • Morrison F; Rooney, B, 2016, 'Introduction "Rediscovering Christina Stead"', Australian Literary Studies
    • Morrison F, 2016, '‘A Vermeer in the Hayloft’: Christina Stead, Unjust Neglect and Transnational Improprieties of Place and Kind', Australian Literary Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.20314/als.a746944c30
    • Morrison F, 2014, '“‘Foxy Lady’: Radical Chic and Rhetorical Markets in Christina Stead’s Letty Fox: Her Luck.”', Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, vol. 27, pp. 111 - 122
    • Morrison F, 2013, '“Modernist/Provincial/Pacific: Christina Stead, Katherine Mansfield and the Expatriate Hometown.”', JASAL Special Issue: The Colonies, vol. 13, http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal/article/view/2897
    • Morrison, 2012, 'Leaving the Party: Dorothy Hewett, Literary Politics and the Long 1960s', Southerly, vol. 72, pp. 36 - 50, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=787139479570750;res=IELLCC
    • Morrison, 2011, 'I must have a mask to hide behind’: Signature, Imposture and Henry Handel Richardson.', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL). Rpt in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 327. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. Prod., vol. Archive Madness, pp. 1 - 12
    • Morrison, 2010, 'The Quality of ‘Life’: Dorothy Hewett’s Literary Criticism.', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. Common Readers and Cultural Critics, pp. 1 - 10
    • Morrison, 2009, 'The Elided Middle: Christina Stead’s For Love Alone and the Colonial Voyage In.', Southerly, vol. 69, pp. 155 - 174
    • Morrison, 2001, '“On Foreign Ground: Expatriate Masculinity and the Unhomely Woman in Henry Handel Richardson’s Maurice Guest.” Rpt in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 327. Detroit:', Southerly, vol. 61, pp. 64 - 79
    • Morrison, 1999, '“Figures of the Many and the One: Gender, Genre and Narrative Structure in Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.”', Sydney Studies in English, vol. 25, pp. 133 - 155

    Conference Papers

    • Morrison, 2001, '“Anglo-Celtic Elegy: Reading the Cultural Hyphen.”', in Origins and Revivals, Centre for Celtic Studies, Sydney, Sydney, pp. 457 - 470, 01 January 2001

    Other

    • Trudeau L, 2016, “Henry Handel Richardson (1870-1946).” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 327. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. Prod. Layman Poupard. 219-322. Print., Gale, Cengage Learning, Detroit

Teaching

I have taught widely in the English and Australian literary curriculum for a number of years.

Since I joined UNSW I have convened and taught the following courses:
ARTS 3041: Literary Mobilities
ARTS2037 Reading Women's Writing

I have contributed lectures/modules to the following courses:
ARTS4200 Advanced Literary Studies (English Honours course)
ARTS2031 Australian Literature

I will convene and teach Postcolonial Literature in 2013.

I am currently supervising PhD, Masters and Honours students working in Australian literature, literary modernism and mobility, transnational literary cultures, contemporary British fiction and feminist science fiction and fantasy.

 

Professional contribution

I am an executive committee member of the English Association, Sydney.

Since 1996, I have given over twenty invited lectures and/or keynote presentations to teachers and students involved with the NSW HSC curriculum.