Paul Dawson

Associate Professor

Paul Dawson is a writer of poetry and fiction, and an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of narrative theory 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 short stories and poems have appeared in a range of literary journals and newspapers including: MeanjinIslandSoutherlyOverland, Cordite Poetry Review, SnorkelSlope (US)Australian Poetry AnthologyThe Sleeper's AlmanacAustralian Poetry JournalBlue Dog: Australian PoetryImago: New Writing, 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" 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.

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.

Journal Articles
“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

"Name = Compatibility Mode." Westerly 64.2 (2019) (forthcoming)

 

"#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.

Publications

Books
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Dawson P, 2013, The Return of the Omniscient Narrator: Authorship and Authority in Twenty-first Century Fiction, first, The Ohio State University Press, Columbus, https://ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?books/book%20pages/Dawson%20Return.html
2013
Dawson PA, 2005, Creative Writing and the New Humanities, Routledge Press, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203401019
2005
Book Chapters
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Dawson PA, 2017, 'How Many 'Turns' Does it Take to Change a Discipline? Narratology and the Interdisciplinary Rhetoric of the Narrative Turn', in Hansen PK; Pier J; Roussin P; Schmid W (ed.), Emerging Vectors of Narratology, edn. Narratologia, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 405 - 434
2017
Dawson P, 2007, 'The Future of Creative Writing', in The Handbook of Creative Writing, pp. 78 - 90
2007
Dawson PA, 2006, 'Writers, Critics and Literary Authority', in Creative Writing: Theory Beyond Practice, edn. Original, Post Pressed, Teneriffe, pp. 21 - 31
2006
Creative Written Works
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Dawson P, 2019, #Emergence, Lea B; Green J, (ed.), Melbourne University Publishing, https://meanjin.com.au/poetry/emergence/
2019
Dawson P, 2018, Lover Nature, Covert Plants: Vegetal Consciousness and Agency in an Anthropocentric World, Gibson P; Brits B, (ed.), Punctum Books
2018
Dawson PA, 2018, The Men Who Hate Clementine Ford, Cordite Poetry Review, Gorton L; MacCarter K, (ed.), Cordite Publishing Inc.
2018
Dawson PA, 2017, Ten Poetic Commandments, Island Magazine, Holland-Batt S; Field V, (ed.), Island Magazine
2017
Dawson PA, 2017, The Wreck of the Heartland, Mascara Literary Review, Cahill M, (ed.), Mascara Poetry Inc.
2017
Dawson PA, 2016, Declaration of the Rights of Rights, The Dangar Island Garbage Boat: Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2016, Hunter Writers Centre and University of Newcastle
2016
Dawson PA, 2016, Five Lines Can Say Only, Australian Poetry Journal, Sharkey M, (ed.), Australian Poetry Ltd.
2016
Dawson PA, 2016, Fictionality, Meanjin, Melbourne University Publishing, https://meanjin.com.au/poetry/fictionality/
2016
Dawson PA, 2015, Musing, Australian Poetry Anthology, Volume 4, Holland-Batt S; Emery B, (ed.), Australian Poetry LImited
2015
Dawson P, 2013, "Dickinson's Envelope", Contemporary Asian Australian Poets, Aitken A; Boey KC; Cahill M, (eds.), Puncher & Wattmann
2013
Dawson P, 2013, "Reading Hopkins", Contemporary Asian Australian Poets, Aitken A; Boey KC; Cahill M, (eds.), Puncher & Wattmann
2013
Dawson P, 2012, Australian Academic : Are English professors the new celebrity sex symbols?, Overland, O L Society Limited
2012
Dawson P, 2011, Possible Worlds, Australian Poetry Journal, Lea B, (ed.), Australian Poetry Limited
2011
Dawson P, 2011, Countershading, The Sleepers Almanac No. 7, Dattner Z; Swinn L, (ed.), Sleepers Publishing
2011
Dawson P, 2010, Lines of Desire, Snorkel, Vidler C; Riemer N, (ed.)
2010
Dawson P, 2010, The Death of a Beautiful Woman, Southerly, Brooks D; McMahon E, (ed.), Brand & Schlesingler
2010
Dawson PA, 2006, Daybreak, Southerly, Brandl & Schelsinger
2006
Dawson PA, 2006, Imagining Winter, Imagining Winter, Interactive Press
2006
Dawson PA, 2004, "Thomas Pennington's Fetich", Meanjin, Meanjin Company Ltd
2004
Dawson PA, 2003, Imagining Winter, Blue Dog: Australian Poetry
2003
Dawson PA, 2002, Sydney, Slope 15 http://www.slope.org.au/archive/issue15, Paquin E; Farrell M, (ed.), Slope
2002
Dawson PA, 2002, Adrift, Slope 15 http://www.slope.org.au/archive/issue15, Paquin E; Farrell M, (ed.), Slope
2002
Dawson PA, 2002, Gutter Buns, Slope 15 http://www.slope.org.au/archive/issue15, Paquin E; Farrell M, (ed.), Slope
2002
Journal articles
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Dawson P, 2019, 'Fictional Minds and Female Sexuality: The Consciousness Scene from Pamela to Lady Chatterley's Lover', ELH: English Literary History, vol. 86, pp. 161 - 188
2019
Dawson P, 2019, 'Fictional Minds and Female Sexuality: The Consciousness Scene from Pamela to Lady Chatterley's Lover', ELH: English Literary History, vol. 86, pp. 161 - 188,
2019
Dawson PA, 2018, 'Narrativizing Novel Studies, Historicizing Narrative Theory', Poetics Today: International Journal for Theory and Analysis of Literature and Communication, vol. 39, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/03335372-4265035
2018
Dawson P, 2018, 'Rhetorical Poetics: Between Creative Writing and Deconstruction', Style, vol. 52, pp. 66 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sty.2018.0009
2018
Dawson P, 2018, 'Rhetorical Poetics: Between Creative Writing and Deconstruction', Style, vol. 52, pp. 66 - 72,
2018
Dawson PA, 2017, 'Delving into the Narratological "Toolbox": Concepts and Categories in Narrative Theory', Style (DeKalb), vol. 51, pp. 228 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.5325/style.51.2.0228
2017
Dawson P, 2016, 'From Digressions to Intrusions: Authorial Commentary in the Novel', Studies in the Novel, vol. 48, pp. 145 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sdn.2016.0025
2016
Dawson P, 2015, 'Ten theses against fictionality', Narrative, vol. 23, pp. 74 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/nar.2015.0006
2015
Dawson PA, 2013, 'Style, the Narrating Instance, and the 'Trace' of Writing', Style (DeKalb), vol. 47, pp. 466 - 489
2013
Dawson PA, 2013, 'Emerging Vectors of Narratology: Toward Consolidation or Diversification? (A Response).', Enthymema, pp. 109 - 114, http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/article/view/3533
2013
Dawson P, 2012, 'Real Authors and Real Readers: Omniscient Narration and a Discursive Approach to the Narrative Communication Model', Journal of Narrative Theory, vol. 42, pp. 91 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jnt.2012.0010
2012
Dawson P, 2009, 'State of Play: Australian Poetry and Poetics Now', Five Bells, vol. 15 & 16, pp. 30 - 39
2009
Dawson PA, 2009, 'The Return of Omniscience in Contemporary Fiction', Narrative, vol. 17, pp. 143 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/nar.0.0023
2009
Dawson PA, 2008, 'Historicising ‘craft’ in the teaching of fiction', New Writing, vol. 5, pp. 211 - 224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14790720802499630
2008
Dawson PA, 2008, 'Creative Writing and Postmodern Interdisciplinarity', Text: Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs. http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april03/dawson.htm, vol. 12, pp. online, http://www.textjournal.com.au/april08/dawson.htm
2008
Dawson PA, 2003, 'Review of `Skinned by Light` by Anthony Lawrence', Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, vol. Vol., pp. 72 - 73
2003
Dawson PA, 2003, 'What is a Literary Intellectual? Creative Writing and the New Humanities', Cultural Studies Review, vol. Vol., pp. 161 - 179
2003
Dawson PA, 2003, 'Towards a New Poetics in Creative Writing Pedagogy', Text : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 20, http://www.textjournal.com.au/april03/dawson.htm
2003
Dawson PA, 2002, 'A Place for the Space Between: Fictocriticism and the University', Westerly, vol. 47, pp. 139 - 151
2002
Dawson PA, 2002, 'Review of The Artist is a Thief by Stephen Gray', Text: Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs. http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april03/dawson.htm, vol. 6
2002
Dawson PA, 2002, 'Untitled letter to the Editor', Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, vol. 1, pp. 8 - 10
2002