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 Literary Studies 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 have served on the editorial boards of journals such as Heat, 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, was published by University of Wollongong Press in 2009. I also co-edited (with Ann Vickery) the collection of critical essays, Poetry and the Trace (Puncher & Wattmann 2013). My volume of poetry, Aurelia (2015) received the Anne Elder Award. I am currently the Poetry Editor for Australian Book Review, and convenor of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize.

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. I contribute essays on modern and contemporary poetics to a range of journals, and continue to publish widely as a poet.

Research area keywords

  • Literary Studies
  • Creative writing
  • Comparative literature
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