Elizabeth McMahon

Deputy Head of School
Professor

Dr Elizabeth McMahon is an Associate Professor in the School of the Arts and Media.  Her research interests are in Australian literature, Island Studies and Gender studies.

Her recent monograph, Islands, Identity and the Literary Imagination (New York and London: Anthem, 2016) is the culmination of research funded by an ARC Discovery grant titled Our Island Home: The Shifting Map of Australian Literature. It won the 2017 Walter McRae Russell Award for the best work of literary criticism on an Australian subject published within the previous 2 calendar years; and the inaugural (2017) Australian University Heads of English Prize for Literary Scholarship.  

She has also published widely on the representation of gender and sexuality in Australian writing and is currently completing a monograph titled Transvestite Frontiers to be published by University of Sydney Press in 2020. With Dr Brigitta Olubas, she has edited series of collected critical essays, most recently on Australian author Elizabeth Harrower (University of Sydney Press) and a forthcoming collection on writer Antigone Kefala (University of Western Australia Press 2019).

Since 2008 she has co-edited Southerly, Australian oldest literary journal, and co-edits a book series titled Rethinking the Island for Rowman and Littlefield International.

Books
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McMahon EN, 2016, Islands, Identity and the Literary Imagination, 1, Anthem Press, London and New York
2016
Book Chapters
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McMahon E, 2019, 'Worldly interiors in the Fiction of Antigone Kefala', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), New Australian Modernities: Antigone Kefala and Australian Migrant Aesthetics, University of Western Australia Press, Perth
2019
McMahon E, 2019, 'Worldly interiors in the Fiction of Antigone Kefala', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), , University of Western Australia Press, Perth
2019
McMahon E; Andre B, 2018, 'Literature and the Literary gaze', in Baldacchino G (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies A World of Islands, edn. 1, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 296 - 311,
2018
McMahon E; Andre B, 2018, 'Literature and the Literary gaze', in Baldacchino G (ed.), , Routledge, London and New York, pp. 296 - 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315556642
2018
McMahon EN, 2017, 'Identity, Perversity and Literary Subjectivity: Teaching Patrick White's The Twyborn Affair', in Birns N; Moore N; Sheriff S (ed.), Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature, Modern Languages Association, New York, pp. 133 - 144
2017
McMahon EN, 2017, 'Moments of Being in the Fiction of Elizabeth Harrower', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, edn. Sydney Studies in Australian Literature, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 135 - 145
2017
McMahon EN; Olubas B, 2017, '"Rediscovering Again: Reading Elizabeth Harrower Across Time"', in McMahon EN; Olubas B (ed.), Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, edn. Sydney Studies in Australian Literature, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 7
2017
McMahon E, 2016, 'Parallel: Parallax-the melancholy dialectics of Dionne Brand', in Literary Careers in the Modern Era, pp. 113 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137478504
2016
McMahon EN, 2012, 'Continental Heartlands and Alex Miller’s Geosophical Imaginary', in Dixon R (ed.), The Novels of Alex Miller, edn. Original, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 125 - 137
2012
McMahon EN, 2010, 'Author, Author! The Two Faces of Kate Grenville', in Kossew S (ed.), Lighting Dark Places: Essays on Kate Grenville, edn. 1, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 39 - 54
2010
McMahon EN, 2010, 'The Lateness and the Queerness of The Twyborn Affair: White's Farewell to the Novel', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays, edn. 1, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York, pp. 77 - 94
2010
McMahon EN, 2009, 'Homesick: Cloudstreet and the death drive', in Ways of Teaching, edn. Original, English Association Sydney, Sydney, pp. 35 - 46
2009
McMahon EN, 2006, 'Wasted Memory and Generational History: Tasmania`s abandoned places', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis, edn. First, University of WA Press, Perth, pp. 43 - 62
2006
McMahon EN; Olubas B, 2006, 'Introduction: Women Making Time', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis, edn. First, University of WA Press, Perth, pp. 1 - 13
2006
McMahon EN, 2003, 'The Guilded Cage: from utopia to monad in Australia`s island imaginary', in Edmond R; Smith V (ed.), Islands in History and Representation, edn. First, Routledge Press, London, pp. 190 - 202
2003
Conference Papers
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McMahon EN, 2008, 'Longing in Belonging: Emily Dickinson`s Poetics of Distance', in New Directions, English Association Sydney, Sydney, presented at English Association English Teacher's Conference 2008, University of Sydney, 28 May 2008
2008
Edited Books
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McMahon E; Olubas B, (ed.), 2017, Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays, Sydney University Press, Sydney
2017
McMahon EN; Olubas B, (ed.), 2010, Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York
2010
McMahon EN; Olubas B, (eds.), 2010, Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays, 1, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York
2010
McMahon EN; Olubas B, (ed.), 2006, Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis, University of WA Press, Perth
2006
McMahon EN; Olubas B, (eds.), 2006, Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis, First, University of WA Press, Perth
2006
Journal articles
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McMahon EN; Fink H, 2016, 'Editorial', Southerly: Words and Music, vol. 76, pp. 6 - 11
2016
McMahon EN, 2016, 'Editorial', Southerly: War and Peace, vol. 75, pp. 7 - 9
2016
McMahon EN, 2015, 'Editorial', Southerly: Elemental, vol. 75, pp. 6 - 10
2015
McMahon EN, 2015, 'Editorial', Southerly: The Naked Writer 2, vol. 2, pp. 6 - 8
2015
McMahon EN, 2014, 'Editorial', Southerly: Forward Thinking Utopia and Apocalypse, vol. 57, pp. 271 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjc.12201
2014
McMahon EN, 2014, 'Editorial', Southerly: Forward Thinking Utopia and Apocalypse,
2014
McMahon EN, 2013, 'Editorial', Southerly: Islands and Archipelagos, http://www.englishassociation.org/southerly
2013
McMahon EN, 2013, 'Archipelagic space and the uncertain future of national literatures.', Journal of the Association for Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. 13, pp. 1 - 20, http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal/index
2013
McMahon EN, 2013, 'Reading the Planetary Archipelago of the Torres Strait -', Island Studies Journal, vol. 8, pp. 55 - 66, http://www.islandstudies.ca/node/407
2013
McMahon EN, 2013, 'Editorial', Southerly: Islands and Archipelagos,
2013
McMahon EN, 2012, 'Mary Gaunt and the Modern Waning of Affect', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. 12, pp. 1 - 11, http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal/article/view/2318/2920
2012
McMahon EN, 2012, 'Editorial', Southerly: Mid-Century Women's Writers, vol. 72, pp. 6 - 9
2012
McMahon EN, 2011, 'Editorial', Southerly: Modern Mobilities, vol. 71, pp. 6 - 9
2011
Stratford E; Baldacchino G; McMahon EN; Farbotko C; Harwood A, 2011, 'Envisioning the Archipelago', Island Studies Journal, vol. 6, pp. 113 - 130, http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/3062
2011
McMahon EN, 2011, 'Review of Archipelagoes: Insular Fictions from Chivalric Romance to the Novel by Simone Pinet', Island Studies Journal, vol. 6, pp. 267 - 269, http://vre2.upei.ca/islandstudies.ca/node/339
2011
Olubas B; McMahon EN, 2011, 'Introduction [JASAL]', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. 11, pp. np - np, http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal/issue/view/Special%20Issue:%20Archive%20Madness/showToc
2011
McMahon EN, 2010, 'The Proximate Pleasure of Eve Sedgwick: A Legacy of Intimate Reading', Australian Humanities Review, vol. 48, pp. na, http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-May-2010/mcmahon.html
2010
McMahon EN, 2010, 'Editorial', Southerly: Romance, vol. 70, pp. 6 - 10
2010
McMahon EN, 2010, 'Australia, the Island Continent: How Contradictory Geography Shapes the National Imaginary', Space and Culture, vol. 13, pp. 178 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1206331209358224
2010
McMahon EN, 2010, 'Editorial', Southerly: Romance, vol. 70, pp. 6 - 10
2010
McMahon EN, 2009, 'Editorial', Southerly: Southerly at Seventy, vol. 69, pp. S1 - S2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1465312514Z.000000000176
2009
McMahon EN, 2008, 'Editorial', Southerly: Sister Arts, vol. 68, pp. 5 - 12
2008
McMahon EN, 2007, 'The Centaur and the Cyborg: Abject Becoming on the Colonial Frontier', Southerly, vol. 67, pp. 211 - 225
2007
McMahon EN, 2007, 'Judith Wright and the temporality of composition (The `Moving Image`)', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 23, pp. 15 - 26
2007
McMahon EN, 2005, 'Encapsulated Space: The Paradise Prison of Australia`s Island Imaginery', Southerly, vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 20 - 29
2005
McMahon EN, 2005, 'False as Eden: Constituting the Female Subject in Time', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. 4, pp. 173 - 184
2005
McMahon EN, 2005, 'Puberty Blues Takes Feminist Generationalism to the Beach', Australian Feminist Studies, vol. 20, No.48, pp. 281 - 289, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164640500280241
2005
McMahon EN, 2004, 'The Sculpture of Donna Marcus', Art Monthly Australia, vol. No. 168, pp. 29 - 31
2004
McMahon EN, 2000, 'Lost in Music: Music and Dance in Loaded and Head On', Meanjin, pp. 166 - 175
2000
Other
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McMahon E; Hamadache M (eds.), 2018, Editorial for Southerly 78.1 Festschrift for David Brooks, English Association/Brandl and Schlesinger, Blackheath,
2018
McMahon E; Hamadache M (ed.), 2018, Editorial for Southerly 78.1 Festschrift for David Brooks, English Association/Brandl and Schlesinger, Blackheath
2018

 

1. In 2017 Elizabeth's monograph, Islands, Identity and the Literary Imagination won two awards:
     i. The Walter McRae Russell Award for 'the best book of literary scholarship on an Australian subject published in the preceding two calendar years', awarded by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature;
     ii. The inaugural AUHE Prize for Literary Scholarship, awarded by the association of the Australian University Heads of English for the best work of literary criticism by an academic at and Australian university in the calendar year. 

2. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean's award for postgraduate supervision, 2011.

3. Vice Chancellor's Teaching Merit Award, The University of Tasmania, 2000.

4. Eva Vidak Memorial Award for the best thesis in Australian Literature (PhD), University of Sydney, 1995.