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John Hawke


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I received my PhD in English from the University of Sydney, where my thesis was awarded the Dame Leonie Kramer Prize in 1999. From 1997-2006 I taught literary theory within the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong; I am currently a Senior Lecturer, specializing in poetry, in the Department of English at Monash. My poetry has been widely published, and has received a number of grants and prizes, including the 1994 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. I have been involved in editing literary publications since 1981, and in recent years was an Assistant Editor for Heat magazine and a contributing editor to Southerly and Boxkite. As coordinator and judge of the Newcastle Poetry Prize I edited two anthologies of Australian poetry, The New World Tattoo (1996) and The Nightjar (1997). My critical study, Australian Literature and the Symbolist Movement, is published by University of Wollongong Press; a selection of poetry, The Illustrated Library, will appear with Salt Press (Cambridge) in 2010. I co-convened the Poetry and the Trace international conference held at the State Library of Victoria in July 2008.

My research has taken a comparative approach to the historical relationship between French Symbolist and Modernist poetics and its influence on contemporary poetry. Australian Literature and the Symbolist Movement surveys the local reception of international Modernism through poets such as Christopher Brennan, Kenneth Slessor and Judith Wright, as well as critics such as A.R.Chisholm and James McAuley. It argues that the influence of the French Symbolist aesthetic is comparable in our literature to that of the dominant nationalist movement, and that the local response to these ideas was in advance of other areas of the English-speaking world.

Research Output 2002 2018


Hawke, B. J., 2018, In : Meanjin. 77, 2, p. 60 1 p.

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Portfolio: Axis and related poems

Hawke, B. J., 2018

Research output: Other contributionResearchpeer-review

Demolition of Hotel Australia

Hawke, B. J., 2017, In : Southerly. 77, 2, p. 22-24 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalCreative WorkResearchpeer-review

Unruly Energies

Hawke, B. J., Mar 2017, In : Australian Book Review. March 2017, 389

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOther

Making Strange

Hawke, B. J., Oct 2016, In : Australian Book Review. October 2016, 385

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