- 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
- Research Disciplines
- Literary Studies (2005)
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.
- Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Ackland M (2014) Morality at bay: the lesson of the Americas in Murray Bail's Homesickness. Antipodes, 28 (2). pp. 275-288
- Ackland M (2013) "Reality is monstrous": Christina Stead's critique of the triumphant West in The Puzzleheaded Girl. Antipodes, 27 (1). pp. 11-17
- Ackland M (2012) 'We are all philosophers; we cannot help being': Credos, Lifechoices and Philosophy in Murray Bail's The Pages. Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 12 (3). pp. 1-13
- Ackland M (2012) "I am thinking I am free": intransigent reality versus utopian thought in the later fiction of Christina Stead. Southerly, 72 (1). pp. 159-180
- Ackland M (2011) Dreaming of the Middle Ages: the place of the 'mittelalterlich' and socialist awareness in Christina Stead's early fiction. Australian Literary Studies, 26 (3-4). pp. 54-68
- Ackland M (2011) Behold Burton's tomb: mortality and escapism in Murray Bail's homesickness. Southerly, 71 (3). pp. 23-39
- Ackland M (2011) Beneath the camouflage: mimicry and settler false consciousness in the fiction of Murray Bail. Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, 17 (2). pp. 72-90
- Ackland M (2011) Politics, clichés and the "lurky country": Murray Bail's critique of national mythologies in Holden's Performance. Zeitschrift für Australienstudien, 25. pp. 27-41
- Ackland M (2011) "Hedging on Destiny": history and its marxist dimension in the early fiction of Christina Stead. ariel: a review of international english literature, 41 (1). pp. 91-109
- Ackland M (2011) 'Matisse is jammed with confidence': painting and creative inspiration in the early writings of Murray Bail. Westerly, 56 (1). pp. 198-215
- Ackland M (2012) The Experimental Fiction of Murray Bail. Cambria Australian Literature. Cambria Press, Amherst, NY, USA
- Book Chapters
- Ackland M (2013) "On all fours passing, tintinnabulation": Murray Bail's creative case against the imperial word. In: The Tapestry of the Creative Word in Anglophone Literatures. Forum Editrice, Udine, Italy, pp. 231-240
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 49+ research outputs authored by Prof Michael Ackland from 2003 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects
Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage
- Indicative Funding
- $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.
- Ecological Understanding in Contemporary Australian Novels (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Transgressive Fiction and its Readership. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Empty Spaces & Smiling Faces: The New Settlers League & Australian Immigration. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- "The Faerie Queene": Moral Purposes, Creative Accidents (PhD, Secondary Advisor)