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Personal profile


I grew up in Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) in English Literature at the University of Sydney.

After time travelling in Europe and working for an architectural publishing company in London I returned to the University of Sydney to write my PhD thesis – on women’s stream of consciousness narratives, focusing on Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage, and their representation of the modernist city’s sites and scenes.

Lectureships in Sydney, Berlin and Canberra followed, then I moved to Melbourne to teach into RMIT’s Bachelor of Creative Writing program for 2 years. I joined Monash in January 2011.

Research interests

Women Writer-Critics

I am interested in women writers who work(ed) at the intersections between creative and critical writing such as Mary McCarthy, Elizabeth Hardwick, Jean Stafford, Susan Sontag, Renata Adler and Chris Kraus.


Contemporary Book Reviewing in Australia

My career combines academic teaching and research with work as a book critic. I review new books for a number of Australian newspapers and literary magazines including The Australian, SMH, The AgeABR and the Sydney Review of Books. With Julieanne Lamond (ANU), I am conducting a big data study of book reviewing in Australia, comparing 1985 with today. We  collaborate with The Stella Prize organisation on the annual ‘Stella Count‘. I am the Series Editor of the forthcoming Contemporary Australian Writers for Monash University Press.



I have published on Katherine Mansfield – on her book reviews, relationship with Anton Chekhov and treatment of animals in her life and fiction. My edited collection (co-editor Sarah Ailwood from the University of Canberra), Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2015.

Supervision interests

Current Supervisions:

'David Foster Wallace and Affect'

'The Lyrical Essay'

'Australian Cinema and Fear'

'After Fukushima'


I welcome enquiries on the following topics:

20th and 21st century literature

Women’s writing


Contemporary literature

Contemporary literary culture

Creative nonfiction, especially the essay

Explorations of the real-world uses of literature

Cinema, the visual arts and literature


Monash teaching commitment

ATS2164/3164 Italian Transformations (Prato, 2018)

ATS3502 Contemporary Literature (S2, 2018)

ATS3503 Writing Women (2020)

ATS3421 Literature and Modernism (2020)


  • Women's Writing
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Modernism
  • Gender Bias
  • Public Literary Criticism
  • Feminist Criticism
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • 20th Century Literature
  • Arts Criticism
  • Film

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2005 2017

  • 6 Chapter (Book)
  • 4 Article
  • 2 Other contribution
  • 1 Edited Book

2016 Stella Count

Harvey, M., 31 Jul 2017, 27 p.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Ann Goldstein on translating Elena Ferrante and the inner workings of The New Yorker

Harvey, M., 2016, The Lifted Brow.

Research output: Other contributionOther

She Thinks She Is The Boss

Harvey, M., 19 Feb 2016, In : Sydney Review of Books. 2016, February 19, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

She Thinks She Is The Boss

Harvey, M., Nov 2016, The Best Australian Essays 2016. Williamson, G. (ed.). Carlton VIC Australia: Black Inc, p. 33-51

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Other

Taking the measure of gender disparity in Australian book reviewing as a field, 1985 and 2013

Harvey, M. & Lamond, J., 30 Oct 2016, In : Australian Humanities Review. 60, p. 84-107 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access


UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature Travel Grant

Melinda Harvey (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship

Melinda Harvey (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2017

Miles Franklin Literary Award (External organisation)

Melinda Harvey (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

MFA Examination

Melinda Harvey (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

Australian Humanities Review (Journal)

Melinda Harvey (Guest editor)
Nov 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Mfs-Modern Fiction Studies (Journal)

Melinda Harvey (Peer reviewer)
Dec 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Stella Prize Reviewing Masterclass

Melinda Harvey (Contributor)

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar