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Dr Matthew Ryan Name: Dr Matthew Ryan
Deputy Head of School of Arts VIC
Email
matthew.ryan@acu.edu.au
Phone
+613 9953 3214
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
Department
School of Arts (VIC)
Location
Melbourne
Building 412 - Arts Precinct (34-36 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 1-Room 412.1.09
Publications

ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4510-6514

 

Edited Collections

Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique (eds) Matthew Ryan and Simon Sellars, Issue 17, August   2009, http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ecps/colloquy/journal/issue017/issue17.pdf

 Demanding the Impossible: Utopia and Dystopia (eds) Andrew Milner, Matthew Ryan, Simon Sellars, Arena Publications, 2008.

 Imagining the Future: Utopia and Dystopia (eds) Andrew Milner, Matthew Ryan, Robert Savage, Arena Publications, 2006.

 

Book Chapters

'What am I like?: Writing the Body and the Self' in Anne Enright: Irish Writers in Their Time (eds) Claire Bracken, Susan Cahill, Irish Academic Press, 2011.

'Hope is Critical: Cormac McCarthy's The Road' in Demanding the Impossible: Utopia and Dystopia (eds) Andrew Milner, Matthew Ryan, Simon Sellars, Arena Publications, 2008.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

'Uses for ruins: Anne Enright's The Green Road' Textual Practice, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/0950236X.2019.1652678

'Place, History and Story: Tony Birch and the Yarra River' with Carolyn Masel,  Australian Literary Studies, 2016, DOI: 10.20314/als.00776e89d0

'Popular Culture: pessimism and hope' Arena Journal, no.45/?46 2016.

'Art, Utopia and the Aestheticized Self' Arena Journal, no.39/40, 2012-13. 

'Abstract Homes: Deterritorialisation and Reterritorialisation in the work of Colm Tóibín' Irish Studies Review, no.16, vol.1, 2008, pp.19-32. 

'Solipsism as Cultural Condition: Some recent Irish Examples' Arena Journal, no.27, 2006, pp.159-191.

'Vanguards and Avant-gardes: The Reason in Revolt Online Project on Political and Cultural Radicalism' Simon Booth, Verity Burgmann, Stuart Macintyre, Andrew Milner and Matthew Ryan, The Past is before Us: Proceedings of the 9th Annual Labour History Conference, University of Sydney, 2005, pp.29-37.

'Ourselves Alone: Solipsism in Neil Jordan&rsquos Novels and Films' Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies, no.11, 2000, pp.187-98.

'A Postmodern Ireland?' Arena Journal, no.11, 1998, pp.33-43.

 

Conference Papers

&lsquoWhat am I like? Anne Enright writes the Body and the Self&rsquo. Delivered in the Seminar Series, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University, May, 2010. Podcast at: http://arts.monash.edu.au/blogs/events/2010/05/19/seminar-what-am-i-like/

&lsquoSomething&rsquos Missing: John Banville&rsquos Wary Aestheticism&rsquo. Delivered in the Seminar Series, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University, June, 2009. Podcast available at:    http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/cclcs/seminars/2009/ryan- somethings-missing.php

&lsquoAesthetic Utopia in John Banville&rsquos The Sea&rsquo. Delivered at Bridges to Utopia: 9th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, July 2008, University of Limerick.

&lsquoThe Dystopian Rendering of Ideology and Utopia in Cormac McCarthy&rsquos The Road&rsquo. Delivered at Demanding the Impossible: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction, December 2007, Monash University. 

&lsquoWriting Place and Self in Glenn Patterson&rsquos Burning Your Own and Seamus Deane&rsquos Reading in the Dark&rsquo. Delivered at the 15th Irish-Australian Studies Conference, 2007, La Trobe University.

&lsquoThe Influence of the World: John Banville&rsquos Material Epiphanies&rsquo. Delivered at the conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, 2006, University of New South Wales.

&lsquoVanguards and Avant-gardes: The Reason in Revolt Online Project on Political and Cultural Radicalism&rsquo, Simon Booth, Verity Burgmann, Stuart Macintyre, Andrew Milner and Matthew Ryan. Delivered at Culture Fix Conference, 25-27 November 2005, University of Technology Sydney.

&lsquoOurselves Alone: Solipsism in the Films and Writing of Neil Jordan&rsquo. Delivered at IASIL &rsquo99 Irish Literatures at Century&rsquos End, July 1999, University of Barcelona.

&lsquoWhat Rough Beast &hellip On a Postnational Future for Irish Culture and Identity&rsquo. Delivered at Bordering Europe, September 1999, University of Kent at Canterbury.

 

Selected Articles and Reviews

&lsquoPermablitz&rsquo Arena Magazine Oct-Nov 2009.

&lsquoFirst Australians: the politics of recognition&rsquo, Arena Magazine, no.98, Dec-Jan, 2008.

&lsquoMothers and Sons&rsquo A review of Colm Tóibín&rsquos Mothers and Sons. In the Age (29 March 2008).

&lsquoNon-violence: The History of a Dangerous Idea&rsquo A review of Mark Kurlanky&rsquos book. The Age (February 23, 2007).

&lsquoOn Non-Indigenous Belonging&rsquo Arena Magazine, 2006.

&lsquoFrom Precarity to Precarious&rsquo Arena Magazine, April-May, 2006.

&lsquoRisking It&rsquo, Arena Magazine, no.80, 2005, p.2.

&lsquoThe Stench of Abandonment: Hurricane Katrina&rsquo, Arena Magazine, no.79, 2005, pp.26-7.

&lsquoReturn of the Repressed&rsquo, Editorial, Arena Magazine, no. 53, 2001, pp. 2-3.

&lsquoAfter Consumerism&rsquo. Editorial, Arena Magazine, no. 52, 2001, p. 3.

&lsquoRace, sex and power&rsquo. A review of Mark Kurlansky&rsquos The White Man in the Tree. In the Age, Saturday Extra, (26 May 2001) p.9.

&lsquoEmerald Germs&rsquo. A review of Patrick McCabe&rsquos The Emerald Germs of Ireland. In the Age, Saturday Extra, (24 February 2001) p.10.

&lsquoA Writer of Absence&rsquo. A review of John Banville&rsquos Eclipse. In the Age, Saturday Extra, (7 October 2000) p.9.

&lsquoGround Control&rsquo, Arena Magazine, no. 48, 2000, pp.6-8.

&lsquoGeorge W. Bush: Linking God, Death and Votes&rsquo Arena Magazine, no. 46, 2000, pp.11-12. 

&lsquoThree Geeks, Three Films: Existenz, Being John Malkovich, Fight Club&rsquo. In Arena Magazine, no. 45, 2000, pp.53-55.

&lsquoGentrification and the New Poor&rsquo. Editorial. Arena Magazine, no. 38, 1999, pp.2-3.

&lsquoThe Northern Ireland Peace Accord&rsquo Arena Magazine, no.35, 1998, pp.43-46.

&lsquoTAC Tactics, Election Ads&rsquo Arena Magazine, no 37, 1998, pp.14-15.

&lsquoIn the Image of a Spy&rsquo. A review of John Banville&rsquos The Untouchable. In Meanjin, vol. 56, no.2, 1997, pp. 411-416.

&lsquoMy Celtic Tattoo or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Postmodern Selves&rsquo. A short fiction. Arena Magazine, no.28, 1997

&lsquoMichael Collins &ndash Hollywood Hero&rsquo. A review of Neil Jordan&rsquos film Michael Collins. In Arena Magazine, no. 27, 1997, pp. 44-46.

&lsquoLack of the Irish&rsquo. A review of Terry Eagleton&rsquos Heathcliff and the Great Hunger in Arena Magazine, no. 21, 1996, pp. 51-52.

Research

My research can be described broadly as considering the ways in which contemporary writing presents and contributes to the constitution of self in relation to place, immediate social circumstance and to more abstracted - national and transnational - forms of sociality and polity. The focus of my research has been on how contemporary novels and short stories negotiate this set of relations. I have specialised in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish writing but have extended my consideration to other contemporary literatures such as dystopian writing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Keywords: Contemporary Literature, Irish Literature, Globalisation, Nation, Place, Self, Social, Novel, Short Story, Utopia/Dystopia, Writing and Embodiment

Professional Memberships

Member of:

International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)

Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ)

 

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