Literary Studies

Monash Arts PhD candidates co-edit Verge 2017: Chimera

Verge is an annual collection that highlights the best creative writing from Monash University students, and the 2017 edition of Verge, entitled ‘Chimera‘, was co-edited by Monash Arts PhD candidates Aisling Smith, Bonnie Reid and Gavin Yates. This thirteenth edition of Monash’s creative writing annual collects work inspired by the ‘Chimera’ theme: reflecting something desired but always out of…

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Monash academic speaks at ‘the greatest literary show on earth’

Billed as the ‘greatest literary show on earth’ the Zee Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) welcomed more than 350,000 visitors in 2017. Those numbers look set to grow in 2018 as thousands of enthusiasts moved through the Diggi Palace gates to experience the festival. The event showcases a range of voices from India and abroad. This year, one of those voices was Monash Arts academic Dr. Mridula Nath Chakraborty.

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Jessica Phillips awarded Cecile Parrish scholarship

Jessica Phillips, a graduate of the Honours program in Literary Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, has been awarded the Cecile Parrish Scholarship. This Scholarship is endowed by the Cecile Parrish Memorial Fund, established by the trustees of the late Renee Parrish of Singapore in commemoration of her daughter Cecile, a…

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Exploring ethical futures through the dark lens of dystopia

More than simply a thought-provoking genre of literature, the dark creations of writers of dystopian fiction give us the opportunity to reflect on the present and the future. PhD candidates Zachary Kendal of Monash University and Jung Ju Shin of the University of Warwick are leading teams of Monash and Warwick postgraduate students to explore ethics, utopia, dystopia and science fiction with a new multidisciplinary conference 15-17 December in Melbourne. Keynote speakers include Emeritus Professor Andrew Milner (Monash University and University of Warwick) …

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The role of language: interview with Professor Rita Wilson

As part of our Arts Researchers podcast series, we spoke with Professor Rita Wilson on a number of her research projects and how they help inform better policies, settlement services, international governance and social cohesion. We also covered the global research networks, industry partnerships and opportunities for research students in this area at Monash – the only university in Australia that offers a practice-based PhD in Interpreting and Translation.

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New DFAT funded translation & interpreting project for improved governance in Indonesia

Congratulations to Dr Marc Orlando, Professor Rita Wilson, Dr Jim Hlavac and Dr Paul McShane from the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL) who have been awarded funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the project Developing translating and interpreting services for improved governance in Indonesia. Crucially, translating and interpreting provides the communication bridge…

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New book by Dr Ali Alizadeh launches 13 September

“miraculous (not a word to use lightly in this context) blending of history, mystery, mysticism and modernity … Jeanne d’Arc’s pulling power is not diminished.” – Sydney Morning Herald, 25 August 2017. The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc is a new book by Dr Ali Alizadeh, Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Monash University. The book is a literary historical novel about the life of the medieval French heroine Jeanne d’Arc (Engl. Joan of Arc), and is the result of more than twenty years of research and writing. The book will be launched Wednesday 13 September in Melbourne’s CBD …

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Verge: Chimera – to be launched at 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival

The thirteenth edition of Verge, Monash University’s creative writing annual, will be launched as part of the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival. Verge is an annual creative writing collection of short stories, poetry and personal essays, and the 2017 edition will be launched by Monash PhD alumnus and 2016 Vogel winner, Kate Brabon. This year’s focus…

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Monash University Korean Studies Program: two new international appointments

The Korean Studies program at Monash, established in 1988, is one of the fastest growing language and studies programs in the School.  With the retirement of the foundational lecturers in 2015, the School made two international appointments to carry the program in new directions: David Hundt and the esteemed Korean Studies’ scholar and President of the Association of Asian Studies, Professor Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History / Columbia University). 

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