Fiona Morrison

Senior Lecturer

My research and teaching interests arein the area of postcolonial literatures in English and Australian literature. I have also taught a great deal across the English literary canon as well as liteary theory, gender and rhetorical studies.

My current research project, Christina Stead in America, reads Stead’s American novels with a particular focus on her Australian and transnational background, her commitment to the mobile subject position of “fellow traveller” and her allied critique of World War II America. This project picks up sustained work on Stead’s I’m Dying Laughing, as well as material from the politics section of my recent critical edition of Dorothy Hewett’s nonfiction prose.

Under the Scientia scholarship scheme, she is looking for strong applicants for 2018 for the PhD project "Migrant Subjects, Literary Work and Literary Circulation in a Global World"In the current world, cross cultural mobility operates in a number of ways across a wide geographical scale and the Contemporary Humanities and Creative Arts have been central in representing and negotiating these ranges of experiences. We are interested in supervising projects that investigate the literary representations of migrant mobilities in late modernity, including those by refugees. We are particularly interested in the ways in which questions of gender, genre and geography frame these representations. The modes of circulation of literary texts in and around global literary systems, including aspects of translation, publication and reception might form a key aspect of this project.

Publications

Books
  • Morrison, F (ed.) Dorothy Hewett: Selected Prose. Nedlands: University of Western Australian Press, 2011.
  • Morrison, F and Michael Parker. Masters in Pieces: The English Canon for the Twenty-First Century. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Journal articles

 

  • Morrison, F. “Leaving the Party: Dorothy Hewett, literary politics and the long 1960s.” Southerly 73.4 (2012) In press.
  • Morrison, F. “’I must have a mask to hide behind’: Signature, Imposture and Henry Handel Richardson.” JASAL Special Issue: Archive Madness (2011).

  • “The Quality of 'Life': Dorothy Hewett’s Literary Criticism” JASAL 10 (2010).

  • “The Elided Middle: Christina Stead’s For Love Alone and the Colonial ‘Voyage In. ’ Southerly 69:2 (2009): 155-174.

  • “On Foreign Ground: Expatriate Masculinity and the Unhomely Woman in Henry Handel Richardson’s Maurice Guest.” Southerly 61:2 (2001): 64-79.
  • “Figures of the Many and the One: Gender, Genre and Narrative Structure in Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.” Sydney Studies in English 25 (1999): 133-151.
Book chapters
  •  Morrison, F. ‘The American Introduction: Perfect Readers, Unread Books and Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children.Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia. Ed. Peter Kirkpatrick. Sydney: Sydney UP (forthcoming, January, 2012)
  • “The ‘American Dilemma’: Christina Stead’s Cold War Anatomy”. Reading Across the Pacific: United States-Australian Intellectual Histories. Edited by Nicholas Birns and Robert Dixon. Sydney: University of Sydney Press. In press.
  • “’The Cruel Book’: Political Satire and the Female Satirist in I'm Dying Laughing.” 2000. In The Magic Phrase: Critical Essays on Christina Stead. Ed. M.A. Harris. Studies in Australian Literature Series. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2000. Reprinted in Gale/Cengage. Twentieth Century Literary Criticism vol. 226. Belmont: Gale/Cengage Learning 2010.
  • “The Rhetoric of Sensation: Austen, Bronte and the ‘Gothic Romance.’” Proceedings of the English Association Conference, 2010. Ed. Richard Madeleine. Sydney: The English Association, 2010.
  • “To Have Loved and Lost: Life Writing and the Rhetoric of Consolation.” New Directions: Proceedings of the English Association Conference, 2008. Ed. Richard Madeleine. Sydney: The English Association, 2008. 110-121.
  • F. Morrison and M. Harris. Introduction. The Little Hotel. By Christina Stead. Sydney: Richmond, 2003.
Conference proceedings
  • “Anglo-Celtic Elegy: Reading the Cultural Hyphen.” Origins and Revivals: Proceedings of the First Australian Conference of Celtic Studies 2001. Ed. G. G. Evans. Sydney Series in Celtic Studies. Sydney: The Centre for Celtic Studies, 2001. 457-470.
Academic reviews
  • Morrison, F. “A Tenacious Hold.” Review of Susan Sheridan, Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers Making their Mark. St Lucia: UQP, 2012. In Australian Feminist Studies 27.72 (2012): 225-227.
  • “The Young Dancer.” Review of Dorothy Hewett. The Gypsy Dancer. Ed. Christine Alexander and others. Sydney: Juvenilia Press, 2009. Accepted for Southerly 71:2 (2010).
  • “Ghostbusting”. Review of Teresa Peterson. The Enigmatic Christina Stead: A Provocative Re-reading. Melbourne: MUP, 2000. In Overland 168 (2002): 102-106.
Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Morrison F, 2019, Christina Stead and the Matter of America, Sydney Studies in Australian Literature, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, https://sydneyuniversitypress.com.au/products/84678
2019
Morrison ; Parker M, 2006, Masters in Pieces: The English Canon for the Twenty-first century, Original, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne
2006
Book Chapters
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Morrison F, 2014, '“Bursting with Voice and Doubleness: Vernacular presence and visions of inclusiveness in Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet.”', in McCredden L; O'Reilly N (ed.), Tim Winton: Critical Essays., edn. 1st, UWAP, Nedlands, pp. 49 - 74, http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/tim-winton-critical-essays
2014
Morrison F, 2014, '““This Intricate Lasting Nature”: Passage, Pastoral Elegy and the Pedagogy of Loss in Shirley Hazzard’s The Evening of the Holiday.”', in Olubas B (ed.), Shirley Hazzard: new critical essays, edn. Sydney Studies in Australian Literature, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, pp. 13 - 23, https://sup-estore.sydney.edu.au/jspcart/cart/Product.jsp?nID=958&nCategoryID=1
2014
Morrison , 2012, '‘The American Introduction: Perfect Readers, Unread Books and Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children.', in Kirkpatrick P (ed.), Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, edn. Original, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, pp. 127 - 136, http://fmx01.ucc.usyd.edu.au/jspcart/cart/Product.jsp?nID=655&nCategoryID=30
2012
Morrison F, 2011, 'Introduction', in Selected Prose of Dorothy Hewett, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, pp. 2 - 28
2011
Morrison , 2010, 'The Rhetoric of Sensation: Austen, Bronte and the Gothic Romance.', in Scoping the syllabus : papers from the English Association English Teachers Conference 2010, edn. Original, English Association, Sydney, pp. 107 - 116
2010
Morrison , 2008, 'To Have Loved and Lost: Life Writing and the Rhetoric of Consolation', in New Directions, edn. Original, English Association Sydney, Sydney, pp. 110 - 121
2008
Morrison F, 2003, 'Introduction', in Morrison F (ed.), The Little Hotel. By Christina Stead., Richmond, Sydney, pp. ix - xiv
2003
Morrison , 2000, '“’The Cruel Book’: Political Satire and the Female Satirist in I'm Dying Laughing.”', in Harris M (ed.), The Magic Phrase: Critical Essays on Christina Stead. Rpt. in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 244. Detroit: Gale, 2011. 183-192. Print., edn. Original, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, pp. 224 - 240
2000
Conference Papers
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Morrison , 2001, '“Anglo-Celtic Elegy: Reading the Cultural Hyphen.”', in Origins and Revivals, Centre for Celtic Studies, Sydney, Sydney, pp. 457 - 470, 01 January 2001
2001
Journal articles
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Morrison F, 2018, 'The Antiphonal Time of Violence in Leah Purcell's' The Drover's Wife', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, vol. 78, pp. 173 - 191, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=422638758895079;res=IELLCC
2018
Morrison F, 2017, '“A transfiguration of my local patriotism”: Christina Stead, the figure of oceanic totality and ‘A Night on the Indian Ocean’.', Westerly, vol. 2, pp. 87 - 100, https://westerlymag.com.au/issues/62-2/
2017
Morrison F, 2016, '‘A Vermeer in the Hayloft’: Christina Stead, Unjust Neglect and Transnational Improprieties of Place and Kind', Australian Literary Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.20314/als.a746944c30
2016
Morrison F; Rooney, B, 2016, 'Introduction "Rediscovering Christina Stead"', Australian Literary Studies
2016
Morrison F, 2014, '“‘Foxy Lady’: Radical Chic and Rhetorical Markets in Christina Stead’s Letty Fox: Her Luck.”', Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, vol. 27, pp. 111 - 122
2014
Morrison F, 2013, '“Modernist/Provincial/Pacific: Christina Stead, Katherine Mansfield and the Expatriate Hometown.”', JASAL Special Issue: The Colonies, vol. 13, http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal/article/view/2897
2013
Morrison , 2012, 'Leaving the Party: Dorothy Hewett, Literary Politics and the Long 1960s', Southerly, vol. 72, pp. 36 - 50, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=787139479570750;res=IELLCC
2012
Morrison F, 2012, 'Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers Making their Mark', AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST STUDIES, vol. 27, pp. 225 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2012.683385
2012
Morrison , 2011, 'I must have a mask to hide behind’: Signature, Imposture and Henry Handel Richardson.', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL). Rpt in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 327. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. Prod. Layman Poupard. 219-322. Print., vol. Archive Madness, pp. 1 - 12
2011
Morrison , 2010, 'The Quality of ‘Life’: Dorothy Hewett’s Literary Criticism.', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), vol. Common Readers and Cultural Critics, pp. 1 - 10
2010
Morrison , 2009, 'The Elided Middle: Christina Stead’s For Love Alone and the Colonial Voyage In.', Southerly, vol. 69, pp. 155 - 174
2009
Morrison , 2001, '“On Foreign Ground: Expatriate Masculinity and the Unhomely Woman in Henry Handel Richardson’s Maurice Guest.” Rpt in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 327. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016. Prod. Layman Poupard. 219-322. Print.', Southerly, vol. 61, pp. 64 - 79
2001
Morrison , 1999, '“Figures of the Many and the One: Gender, Genre and Narrative Structure in Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.”', Sydney Studies in English, vol. 25, pp. 133 - 155
1999