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Associate Professor Paul Alan Dawson

My Expertise

Contemporary poetry & fiction, creative writing programmes, the publishing industry, writers festivals, book reviewing, narrative theory, history of the novel, postmodernism

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Biography

Paul Dawson is a writer of poetry and fiction, and an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of narrative theory, novel studies, 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 he was shortlisted for the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize.  His poetry has been anthologised in Contemporary Asian Australian...view more

Paul Dawson is a writer of poetry and fiction, and an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of narrative theory, novel studies, 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 he was shortlisted for the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize.  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 poems and short stories have appeared in a range of literary journals and newspapers including: MeanjinIslandSoutherlyOverland, WesterlyCordite Poetry Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Mascara Literary Review,  Australian Poetry AnthologyThe Sleeper's Almanac, 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 a 2018 special issue of Poetics Today on "Narrative Theory and the History of the Novel" and he is currently completing a manuscript entitled "The Story of Fictional Truth: Reflexive Realism from the Rise to the Death of the Novel"

Paul is co-editing, with Maria Mäkelä, the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Narrative Theory (under contract). He is also working on a new collection of lyric poetry entitled "Lines of Desire."

Paul is available to supervise students in narrative theory and novel history, contemporary fiction and poetry, and creative writing.

 

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.

 

Journal Articles

"Hashtag Narrative: Emergent Storytelling and Affective Publics in the Digital Age." International Journal of Cultural Studies (May 2020): https://doi.org/10.1177/1367877920921417

 

(with Maria Mäkelä) "The Story Logic of Social Media: Co-construction and Emergent Narrative Authority." Style 54.1 (2020): 21-35.

 

“Fictional Minds and Female Sexuality: The Consciousness Scene from Pamela to Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” ELH 86.1 (2019): 161-88.

 

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

 

"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/39/1/1/133524/IntroductionNarrativizing-Novel-Studies

 

“Delving into the Narratological ‘Toolbox’: Concepts and Categories in Narrative Theory.” Style 51.2 (2017): 228-46

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"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  https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/article/view/3533 

“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 (with an introduction by Filippo Pennacchio) 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 Studies Review 9.1 (2003): 161-79.

 

“Towards a New Poetics in Creative Writing Pedagogy.” TEXT 7.1 (2003): http://www.textjournal.com.au/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.textjournal.com.au/april01/dawson.htm

 

“Writing Programmes in Australian Universities: Creative Art or Literary Research?” TEXT 3.1 (1999): http://www.textjournal.com.au/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

"#auspol." Cordite Poetry Review 97 & 98 (2020):  http://cordite.org.au/poetry/propaganda/auspol/

 

"Songbirds after the Lyric." Stilts 7 (April 2020). https://www.stiltsjournal.com/single-post/2020/04/28/Songbirds-after-the-Lyric

 

"Name = Compatibility Mode." Westerly 64.2 (2019): 66-7.

 

"Contemplating Dumplings." Peril Magazine 39 (2019): https://peril.com.au/current-edition/edition-39/contemplating-dumplings/

 

"#Emergence." Meanjin 78.2 (2019): 71. https://meanjin.com.au/poetry/emergence/

 

“Lover Nature.” Covert Plants: Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World. Eds Prudence Gibson and Baylee Brits. Santa Barbara: Punctum Books, 2018. 45.

 

“The Men Who Hate Clementine Ford.” Cordite Poetry Review 86 (2018). Online. 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). Online. 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. 107-12.

 

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

 

“Lines of Desire.” Snorkel 12 (October 2010). Online.  http://snorkel.org.au/012/dawson.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). Online. 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). Online. http://www.slope.org/archive/eleven/dawson.html

 

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

 

Fiction
“Australian Academic.” Overland 206 (2012): 65-71. https://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.

 

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.


My Qualifications

PhD (University of Melbourne), MA (Writing) (University of Queensland)


My Awards

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)

 


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

 

Narrative Theory

Novel studies

Contemporary Fiction

History of the Novel

Creative Writing

Contemporary Poetry


Currently supervising

 

Anna Douglass, "Maximalist Narratives in Video Games"


My Engagement

International Society for the Study of Narrative
European Narratology Network

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


My 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.

Undergraduate Teaching:
ARTS2020: Creative Writing
ARTS3022: Narrative: The Art and Science of Storytelling

AREAS OF SUPERVISION (PhD)
Narrative theory and novel history
Contemporary fiction and poetry
Creative writing

  • 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
  • Anna Douglass, "Maximalist Narratives in Video Games"
  • 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”
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Location

218, Level 2 Robert Webster

Contact

+61 2 9385 2220
+61 2 9385 6812

Research Activities

This project will classify new modes of omniscient narration; investigate how they have extended earlier postmodern experiments with novelistic form; and demonstrate how they manifest current anxieties about the cultural status of the novel in the new millenium. The outcome will be an important new method for the study of narrative fiction which can account for historical shifts in novelistic technique.