Associate Professor Paul Dawson

Associate Professor
PhD (University of Melbourne), MA (Writing) (University of Queensland)
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 2220
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 218, Level 2, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting), Literary Theory, North American Literature, British and Irish Literature
Tags: The creative arts, Languages and Literature

Paul Dawson is a writer of poetry and fiction, and an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of narrative theory and Creative Writing as an academic discipline.

Paul’s first book of poems, Imagining Winter (Interactive Press, 2006), won the 2006 national IP Picks Best Poetry Award. Paul was shortlisted for the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize, and his poetry has been anthologised in  Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann, 2013) and Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008 (Puncher & Wattmann, 2009). Paul’s short stories and poems have appeared in a range of literary journals and newspapers, both in Australia and overseas, including: Meanjin, Island, Southerly, Overland, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Mascara Literary ReviewSnorkel, Slope (US), Australian Poetry Anthology, The Newcastle Poetry Prize AnthologyThe Sleeper's Almanac, Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, Imago: New Writing, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Paul is the author of The Return of the Omniscient Narrator: Authorship and Authority in Twenty-first Century Fiction (OSU Pess, 2013), which identifies and anatomizes contemporary modes of literary omniscience emerging from the legacy of postmodern experimentation, and locates these in relation to anxieties about the decline of cultural authority for the novelist in the age of digital media; and Creative Writing and the New Humanities (Routledge, 2005), a comprehensive international account of the historical origins, theoretical underpinnings, and disciplinary future of Creative Writing programmes.

Paul's scholarly research brings together the historical dimension of novel studies and the formalist approach of narrative theory. He is the guest editor of "Narrative Theory and the History of the Novel", a 2018 special issue of Poetics Today, and he is currently completing a manuscript entitled "Narrator versus Character: Reflexive Realism from the Rise to the Death of the Novel." He is also working on a new collection of lyric poetry entitled "Lines of Desire".

Paul is available to supervise graduate students in Creative Writing, narrative theory, novel studies, and contemporary fiction and poetry. He has supervised to completion 16 PhD and MA (Research) candidates, and is a recipient of the UNSW VIce-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision.

 

Books

The Return of the Omniscient Narrator: Authorship and Authority in Twenty-first Century Fiction. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2013.

 

Imagining Winter. Brisbane: Interactive Press, 2006.

 

Creative Writing and the New Humanities. London/New York: Routledge, 2005.

 

Book Chapters 

“How Many ‘Turns’ Does it Take to Change a Discipline: Narratology and the Interdisciplinary Rhetoric of the Narrative Turn.” Emerging Vectors of Narratology. Eds Per Krogh Hansen, John Pier, Philippe Roussin and Wolf Schmid. Narratologia series. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. 405-34.

 

“Fictional ‘Word Bytes’.” Word Bytes: Writing in the Information Society. Ed. Carolyne Lee. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2009. 138-56.

 

“The Future of Creative Writing.” The Creative Writing Handbook. Ed. Steve Earnshaw. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2007. 78-90.

 

“Writers, Critics, and Literary Authority.” Creative Writing: Theory Beyond Practice. Eds Nigel Krauth and Tess Brady. Brisbane: Post Pressed, 2006. 21-31.

 

Journal Articles

"Fictional Minds and Female Sexuality: The Consciousness Scene from Pamela to Lady Chatterley's Lover." ELH (English Literary History) (forthcoming).

 

"Narrativizing Novel Studies, Historicizing Narrative Theory." Introduction to special issue on Narrative Theory and the History of the Novel. Poetics Today 39.1 (2018): 1-16. <https://read.dukeupress.edu/poetics-today/article-standard/39/1/1/133524/IntroductionNarrativizing-Novel-Studies>

 

"Rhetorical Poetics: Between Creative Writing and Deconstruction." Style 52.1-2 (2018): 66-72.

 

"Delving into the Narratological 'Toolbox': Concepts and Categories in Narrative Theory." Style 51.2 (2017): 228-46.

 

"From Digressions to Intrusions: Authorial Commentary in the Novel." Studies in the Novel 48.2 (2016): 145-67.

 

"Ten Theses Against Fictionality." Narrative 23.1 (2015): 74-100.

 

"Style, the Narrating Instance, and the 'Trace' of Writing." Style 47.4 (2013): 466-89.

 

“Emerging Vectors of Narratology: Toward Consolidation or Diversification? (A Response).” Enthymema 9 (2013): 109-114 http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/article/view/3533/3708

 

“Real Readers and Real Authors: Omniscient Narration and a Discursive Approach to the Narrative Communication Model.” Journal of Narrative Theory 42.1 (2012): 91-116.

 

“The Return of Omniscience in Contemporary Fiction.” Narrative 17.2 (May 2009): 143-161.

* Winner of 2010 Prize for Best Essay published in Narrative

Italian translation publlished in Enthymema 13 (2015): 37-63

 

“State of Play: Australian Poetry and Poetics Now.” Five Bells: Australian Poetry 15.4 & 16.1 (2009): 30-39.

 

“Historicizing Craft in the Teaching of Fiction.” New Writing: International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing 5.3 (2008): 211-224.

 

“Creative Writing and Postmodern Interdisciplinarity.” TEXT 12.1 (2008) <http://www.textjournal.com.au/april08/dawson.htm>

 

"What is a Literary Intellectual?: Creative Writing and the New Humanities." Cultural Sudies Review 9.1 (2003): 161-79.

 

“Towards a New Poetics in Creative Writing Pedagogy.” TEXT 7.1 (2003) <http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april03/dawson.htm>

 

"A Place for the Space Between: Fictocriticism and the University." Westerly 47 (2002): 139-51.

 

"Creative Writing in Australia: The Development of a Discipline." TEXT 5.1 (2001) <http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april01/dawson.htm>.

 

“Writing Programmes in Australian Universities: Creative Art or Literary Research?” TEXT 3.1 (1999) <http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april99/dawson.htm>.

 

“Poetics in the Discipline of Creative Writing.” Southerly 58.4 (1998-99): 8-21.

 

“Grunge Lit: Marketing Generation X.” Meanjin 56.1 (1997): 119-25.

 

“The Function of Critical Theory in Tertiary Creative Writing Programmes." Southern Review 30.1 (1997): 70-80.

 

Poetry

"Lover Nature." Covert Plants. Ed Prudence Gibson and Baylee Britts. Santa Barbara: Punctum Books, 2018.

 

"The Men Who Hate Clementine Ford." Cordite Poetry Review 86 (2018): <http://cordite.org.au/poetry/notheme7/the-men-who-hate-clementine-ford/>

 

"Ten Poetic Commandments." Island Magazine 149 (2017): 88-9.

 

"The Wreck of the Heartland." Mascara Literary Review 20 (April 2017): <http://mascarareview.com/5781-2/>

  

“Five Lines Can Say Only.” Australian Poetry Journal 6.2 (2016): 113.

 

“Declaration of the Rights of Rights.” The Dangar Island Garbage Boat: Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2016.  Newcastle: Hunter Writers Centre, 2016. 101-104.

 

"Fictionality." Meanjin 75.1 (2016): 89. https://meanjin.com.au/poetry/fictionality/

 

"Musing." Australian Poetry Anthology. Volume 4. Eds Sarah Holland-Batt and Brook Emery. Melbourne: Australian Poetry Ltd, 2015. 96-97.

 

“Reading Hopkins,” “Dickinson’s Envelope”, “Possible Worlds”, Sydney”, “Thanks for the Poems, Pauline Hanson” (extract). Contemporary Asian Australian Poets. Eds Adam Aitken, Kim Boey Cheng, and Michelle Cahill. Sydney: Puncher and Wattmann, 2013.

 

“Possible Worlds.” Australian Poetry Journal 1.1 (2011): 18. 

 

“Lines of Desire.” Snorkel 12 (October 2010) <http://snorkel.org.au/012/contents.html>

 

“Thanks for the Poems, Pauline Hanson” (extract). Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008. Ed. Martin Langford. Sydney: Puncher and Wattmann, 2009. 205-206.

 

“Daybreak.” Southerly 66.1 (2006): 43-44.

 

“Imagining Winter.” Blue Dog: Australian Poetry 2.4 (2003): 38.

 

"Sydney," "Adrift", "Gutter Buns." Slope 15 (2002) <http://www.slope.org/archive/issue15/index.phtml?url=dawson>

 

"Anthropomorphism," "Morningside," "Yabbering Sextons," "Thanks for the Poems, Pauline Hanson," and "Lunatic Brothel." Recent Australian Poetry section of Slope 11-12 (July to October 2001) <http://www.slope.org/archive/eleven/dawson.html>

 

“Show Me the Rain.” The Sydney Morning Herald 3 October 1998: Spectrum 12.

 

“Tonight.” Good Time, Great Place: Between U&S 5. Ed. UTS Writers’ Group. Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney, 1992. 140-52.

 

Fiction

“Australian Academic.” Overland 206 (2012): 65-71.<http://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-206/fiction-paul-dawson/>

 

“Countershading.” Sleepers Almanac No. 7 (2011). 345-9.

 

“The Death of a Beautiful Woman” (extract from novel in progress). Southerly 70.2 (2010): 144-58.

 

“A Gun in Your Pocket.” Island 96 (2004): 133-136.

 

“Thomas Pennington’s Fetich.” Meanjin 63.1 (2004): 200-210

 

"Traffic.” Imago: New Writing 11.3 (1999): 53-7.

 

“Who Are You Calling Bohemian?” Sydney City Hub 2.35 (April 1997): 9.

 

 

Reviews

“Rev. of The Other Way Out by Bronwyn Lea.” Blue Dog: Australian Poetry 7.14 (2008): 49-57.

 

“Rev. of Skinned by Light: Poems 1989-2002 by Anthony Lawrence.” Blue Dog: Australian Poetry 2.3 (2003): 72-73.

 

"Rev. of The Artist is a Thief  by Stephen Gray." TEXT 6.1 (2002) <http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april02/dawson.htm>.

Research

Paul Dawson is a writer of poetry and fiction, and an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of narrative theory and Creative Writing as an academic discipline.

Paul’s first book of poems, Imagining Winter (Interactive Press, 2006), won the 2006 national IP Picks Best Poetry Award, and his poetry has been anthologised in Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann, 2013) and Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008 (Puncher & Wattmann, 2009). Paul’s short stories and poems have appeared in a range of literary journals and newspapers, both in Australia and overseas, including: MeanjinIslandSoutherlyOverlandSnorkelSlope (US)Australian Poetry AnthologyThe Sleeper's AlmanacAustralian Poetry JournalBlue Dog: Australian PoetryImago: New Writing, and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Paul is the author of The Return of the Omniscient Narrator: Authorship and Authority in Twenty-first Century Fiction (OSU Pess, 2013), which identifies and anatomizes contemporary modes of literary omniscience emerging from the legacy of postmodern experimentation, and locates these in relation to anxieties about the decline of cultural authority for the novelist in the age of digital media; and Creative Writing and the New Humanities (Routledge, 2005), a comprehensive international account of the historical origins, theoretical underpinnings, and disciplinary future of Creative Writing programmes.

Paul's scholarly research brings together the historical dimension of novel studies and the formalist approach of narrative theory. His current projects include: a history of authorial intrusions from the 'rise' of the realist novel in the 18th century to the 'death' of the novel in 20th century metafiction; an historical account of different ways that authors have addressed the challenge of 'dying in the first person'; and an investigation of the influence on literary studies of the narrative turn across the humanities and social sciences. He is also working on a new collection of lyric poetry entitled "Lines of Desire".

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Teaching

Paul received a 2011 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision, and a 2012 Postgraduate Council Supervisor Award

Visit the SAM website to view Paul's profile and full publications list. 

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Dawson PA, 2017, 'How Many 'Turns' Does it Take to Change a Discipline? Narratology and the Interdisciplinary Rhetoric of the Narrative Turn', in Hansen PK; Pier J; Roussin P; Schmid W (ed.), Emerging Vectors of Narratology, edn. Narratologia, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 405 - 434
    • Dawson P, 2007, 'The Future of Creative Writing', in The Handbook of Creative Writing, pp. 78 - 90
    • Dawson PA, 2006, 'Writers, Critics and Literary Authority', in Creative Writing: Theory Beyond Practice, edn. Original, Post Pressed, Teneriffe, pp. 21 - 31

    Journal articles

    • Dawson PA, 2017, 'Delving into the Narratological "Toolbox": Concepts and Categories in Narrative Theory', Style (DeKalb), vol. 51, pp. 228 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.5325/style.51.2.0228
    • Dawson P, 2016, 'From Digressions to Intrusions: Authorial Commentary in the Novel', Studies in the Novel, vol. 48, pp. 145 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sdn.2016.0025
    • Dawson P, 2015, 'Ten theses against fictionality', Narrative, vol. 23, pp. 74 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/nar.2015.0006
    • Dawson PA, 2013, 'Style, the Narrating Instance, and the 'Trace' of Writing', Style (DeKalb), vol. 47, pp. 466 - 489
    • Dawson PA, 2013, 'Emerging Vectors of Narratology: Toward Consolidation or Diversification? (A Response).', Enthymema, pp. 109 - 114, http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/article/view/3533
    • Dawson P, 2012, 'Real authors and real readers: Omniscient narration and a discursive approach to the narrative communication model', JNT-Journal of Narrative Theory, vol. 42, pp. 91 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jnt.2012.0010
    • Dawson P, 2009, 'The return of omniscience in contemporary fiction', Narrative, vol. 17, pp. 143 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/nar.0.0023
    • Dawson P, 2009, 'State of Play: Australian Poetry and Poetics Now', Five Bells, vol. 15 & 16, pp. 30 - 39
    • Dawson PA, 2008, 'Historicising ‘craft’ in the teaching of fiction', New Writing, vol. 5, pp. 211 - 224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14790720802499630
    • Dawson PA, 2008, 'Creative Writing and Postmodern Interdisciplinarity', Text: Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs. http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april03/dawson.htm, vol. 12, pp. online, http://www.textjournal.com.au/april08/dawson.htm
    • Dawson PA, 2003, 'What is a Literary Intellectual? Creative Writing and the New Humanities', Cultural Studies Review, vol. Vol., pp. 161 - 179
    • Dawson PA, 2003, 'Towards a New Poetics in Creative Writing Pedagogy', Text : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 20, http://www.textjournal.com.au/april03/dawson.htm
    • Dawson PA, 2003, 'Review of `Skinned by Light` by Anthony Lawrence', Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, vol. Vol., pp. 72 - 73
    • Dawson PA, 2002, 'A Place for the Space Between: Fictocriticism and the University', Westerly, vol. 47, pp. 139 - 151
    • Dawson PA, 2002, 'Review of The Artist is a Thief by Stephen Gray', Text: Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs. http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april03/dawson.htm, vol. 6
    • Dawson PA, 2002, 'Untitled letter to the Editor', Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, vol. 1, pp. 8 - 10

    Creative Written Works

    • Dawson PA, 2017, Ten Poetic Commandments, Island Magazine, Island Magazine
    • Dawson PA, 2017, The Wreck of the Heartland, Mascara Literary Review, Cahill M, (ed.), Mascara Poetry Inc.
    • Dawson PA, 2016, Five Lines Can Say Only, Australian Poetry Journal, Sharkey M, (ed.), Australian Poetry Ltd.
    • Dawson PA, 2016, Declaration of the Rights of Rights, The Dangar Island Garbage Boat: Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2016, Hunter Writers Centre and University of Newcastle
    • Dawson PA, 2016, Fictionality, Meanjin, Melbourne University Publishing
    • Dawson PA, 2015, Musing, Australian Poetry Anthology, Volume 4, Holland-Batt S; Emery B, (eds.), Australian Poetry LImited
    • Dawson P, 2013, "Dickinson's Envelope", Contemporary Asian Australian Poets, Aitken A; Boey KC; Cahill M, (eds.), Puncher & Wattmann
    • Dawson P, 2013, "Reading Hopkins", Contemporary Asian Australian Poets, Aitken A; Boey KC; Cahill M, (eds.), Puncher & Wattmann
    • Dawson P, 2012, Australian Academic : Are English professors the new celebrity sex symbols?, Overland, O L Society Limited
    • Dawson P, 2011, Countershading, The Sleepers Almanac No. 7, Dattner Z; Swinn L, (eds.), Sleepers Publishing
    • Dawson P, 2011, Possible Worlds, Australian Poetry Journal, Lea B, (ed.), Australian Poetry Limited
    • Dawson P, 2010, Lines of Desire, Snorkel, Vidler C; Riemer N, (eds.)
    • Dawson P, 2010, The Death of a Beautiful Woman, Southerly, Brooks D; McMahon E, (eds.), Brand & Schlesingler
    • Dawson PA, 2006, Daybreak, Southerly, Brandl & Schelsinger
    • Dawson PA, 2006, Imagining Winter, Imagining Winter, Interactive Press
    • Dawson PA, 2004, "Thomas Pennington's Fetich", Meanjin, Meanjin Company Ltd
    • Dawson PA, 2003, Imagining Winter, Blue Dog: Australian Poetry
    • Dawson PA, 2002, Sydney, Slope 15 http://www.slope.org.au/archive/issue15, Paquin E; Farrell M, (eds.), Slope
    • Dawson PA, 2002, Adrift, Slope 15 http://www.slope.org.au/archive/issue15, Paquin E; Farrell M, (eds.), Slope
    • Dawson PA, 2002, Gutter Buns, Slope 15 http://www.slope.org.au/archive/issue15, Paquin E; Farrell M, (eds.), Slope

Teaching

Paul received a 2011 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Suupervision, and a 2012 Postgraduate Council Supervisor Award

 

CURRENT SUPERVISIONS (PhD)

– Elizabeth King, "Writer characters in fiction as a manifestation of literary criticism and the changing conditions of authorship: 1890-now

– Camilla Palmer, untitled novel and “Zadie Smith: Past Participle, Present Simple, Future Perfect: Literary Voice and Cultural Authority in the 21st Century”

 

COMPLETED SUPERVISIONS (PhD)

– Marie Rose Arong, "Situating the Philippines in the Postcolonial Landscape: Narrative Strategies of Filipino Novels in English (1946-1989)

– Jane Gleeson-White, Nature in the Twenty-first Century: Country and Capital in the Anthropocene, including "Six Capitals" (non-fiction) and "Country Manifest" (dissertation)

– Hannah Courtney, "Narrative Trickery: Fiction, Truth, and Authorial Subterfuge."

– Holly Zwalf, "Lolly Poppins" (novel) and "Mother Fucker: The Sexual, Childless Maternal Body in Queer, Women and Trans* BDSM Mumy Play"

– Anna Westbrook, "The Quiet Noise" (novel) and “An Erotics of Reading: Jouissance, Queer Affects, and Futurity”

– Mei-Ling Dubrau, “plaintext” (poetry) and “Changing the Subject: Rethinking Representation and the Lyric ‘I’ in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Poetics”

– Tamryn Bennett, "Aneki" (poetry) and "Towards Comics Poetry: Beyond Sequential Boundaries"
– Tim Hanna, “When I Say You I Mean Me” (novel) and “Telling Myself: The Dynamics of Narration in Epistolary Novels”
– Emma Wortley, “The Perpetual Adolescent: Maturation, Consumerism and Young Adult Fiction”
– Joan Phillip, “Transgressions in the Archives: Stories of Women Transported to Botany Bay – 1787-1788” (fictocritical project)
– Sylvia Petter, “The Smell of Dislocation: ‘Ambergris’ (novel) and ‘The Smell of Dislocation: Olfactory Imagery in Selected Works of Janette Turner Hospital’ ”
– Barbara Hill, “Sing at the Moon: The Contextual Narrative of Isolation and Grief in Australian Women’s Writing”

COMPLETED SUPERVISIONS (MA)

– Josh Brown, “Just” (novel) and "Innovations in EFL Writing Workshops in Korea"

– Amyn Rafiq, “Sultan” (fiction) and “Recasting Religion: Postmodern Literature’s Challenge to the Grandest Narrative”
– Emma Anderson, “Reading Anais Nin on the Train” (fiction) and “Representations of Female Sexuality in Australian Chick-Lit Texts.”
– Rebecca Jee, “Undragon Stories” (fiction) and “A World Waiting to be Made: Asian-Australian Identity in Contemporary Literature”

 

UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING:
ARTS 2032: Creative Writing

ARTS3031: Literature and the Contemporary World

ARTS3046: Narrative

Honours and prizes

2012     UNSW Arc Postgraduate Council Supervisor Award

 

2011      UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision

 

2010      Winner of prize for Best Essay Published in Narrative in 2009 (awarded by the International Society for the Study of Narrative)

 

2006       Winner of national IP Picks Best Poetry Award (for an unpublished manuscript; awarded by Interactive Press)

 

Professional contribution

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
2006 - Project assessor (INTreader) for the Australian Research Council
2006 - Academic referee for New Writing: International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
2004 - Academic referee for TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses  

2010  Member of National Advisory Council for Australian Poetry
2003-2009 - Member of editorial board for Juvenilia Press

Affiliations and membership

International Society for the Study of Narrative

European Narratology Network

Related links

Academia.edu/Paul Dawson hyperlink

Creative Writing at UNSW hyperlink

Rubric:Writing from UNSW


Imagining Winter
hyperlink

 

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