Michael Ackland was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, Monash University, Cologne University and the Australian National University, and taught for many years at Monash University.

He has also taught and lectured widely in Europe and North America. He is fluent in French and German.

His  recent temporary positions included Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, and Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New  Delhi, and at Tokyo University.

The author of numerous monographs, biographies and editions, his most recent book was The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail (Amherst: Cambria Press, 2012). He is currently researching Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage with an ARC Discovery Grant.

  • EL2016: Modern Literature (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EL2020: Australian Literature (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EL2048: The Romantic Vision (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EL3021: Australian Urban Fictions (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Comparative Literature , Art History and the History of Ideas Twentieth Century Literature to the end of the Cold War, with special reference to its political affiliations
  • Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage Haruki Murakami and Japanese social history The Australian Colonial Heritage
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage

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$124,000 over 3 years
This will be the first book-length study of what was arguably the single greatest influence on Christina Stead's life and work: the Socialist heritage. It will redress an imbalance in current stead scholarship, add to the international stature of both this author and, more generally, Australian Literature, as well as raise important questions about the reception of other left wing authors in the West after the Second World. These findings will appear in articles, conference papers, public addresses and a ground-breaking specialist study.
Michael Ackland (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Australian Literature; Political Theory; Biography & Autobiography

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Manifestations of the Ego: Egoism in the Modernist Manifesto (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Transgressive Fiction and its Readership. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • "The Faerie Queene": Moral Purposes, Creative Accidents (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Beautiful and Damned: Searching for the Flapper in Australian Print Culture 1920's - 1930's (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Topographical Texts: Connections Between Landscape, Movement, Materiality and Text in the Fiction of Patrick White, Gerald Murnane and Murray Bail (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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