I am from Mudgee, in central west New South Wales, and have worked at the universities of Southern Queensland and Queensland. My main area of research and teaching interest is Australian/postcolonial literatures, and I edit the academic journal Australian Literary Studies. My other key area of research interest over the past decade has been the history of self harm in medical cultures and so I’m currently working on a book about that topic as well as revising The English Men (1997), a history of the teaching of literature in Australian universities and the project ‘resourceful reading’.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Wollongong

Research Areas

  • Literary Studies (2005)