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Assoc. Prof. Maggie Nolan Name: Assoc. Prof. Maggie Nolan
Associate Professor
+617 3623 7182
+617 3623 7245
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts and Humanities (QLD)
Building(1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 2-Room2.16
Biographical Information

I am an Associate Professor in the National School of Arts, based on the Brisbane campus of ACU.

I hold a PhD from the University of Stirling in Scotland, which I received in 2000 as a Commonwealth Scholar to the United Kingdom. I also have Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

My research and teaching are mainly in Australian literary studies but also reflect a deep and genuine commitment to interdisciplinarity. I have also taught in history, sociology and politics.

All my research is focused on questions of race, identity and justice and is committed to the small ways in which engaging with stories can make the world a better place.


2004                Griffith University, Brisbane
                                    Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
1999                University of Stirling, Scotland
                                    Doctor of Philosophy
                                    Thesis Title: Psychoanalyzing Colonialism: Colonizing Psychoanalysis: Re-reading Aboriginality.
1996                University of Queensland
                                    Master of Arts
                                    Thesis Title: Literature and Australian Identities
1994                University of Tasmania
                                    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 1st Class
                                    Double Major in English and Japanese

       Book chapters

Nolan, Maggie, "The Ethics of Reading." Routledge Companion to Australian Literature. Eds Jessica Gildersleeve. Routledge, 2021.

Nolan, Maggie, and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, "Teaching The Secret River." Teaching Australian Literature. Eds Nicole Moore and Nicholas Birns. Modern Languages Association, 2017. 199-209.

Nolan, Maggie, "'And Who the Hell Are You?' Dorothy Hewett's 'Clancy and Dooley and Don McLeod'." Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935-2012. Eds. Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2013. 106-112.

Nolan, Maggie, Jack Frawley and Nereda White. "Canvassing the Issues: Indigenous Australians in Higher Education." Indigenous Issues in Australian Universities: Research, Teaching, Support. Eds. Frawley, Nolan and White. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2009.

Nolan, Maggie, "Who's a Weird Mob?: Imagining Assimilation in Postwar Australia." Imagined Australia. Ed. Renata Summo O&rsquoConnell. Switzerland: Peter Lang, 2009. 265-76.

Nolan, Maggie, "Helen Demidenko and Australian Hoaxes." A Companion to Australian Literature. Eds. Nicholas Birns and Rebecca McNeer. University of Rochester Press, 2007. 127-138.

Nolan, Maggie, "Indigenous Writing." A Literary History of Queensland. Eds. Patrick Buckridge and Belinda McKay. UQP, 2007. 259-277.

Nolan, Maggie, "Elizabeth Durack, Eddie Burrup and the Art of Identification." Fakes and Forgeries. Eds. P. Knight and J. Long. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2004. 135-45.

Nolan, Maggie,"Dynamics of Displacement: Doing postgraduate Australian Studies in the UK." Thinking Australian Studies: Teaching Across Cultures. Eds. D. Carter, K. Darian-Smith and G. Worby. UQP, 2004. 224-234.

Nolan, Maggie, "Identity Crises and Orphaned Rewritings: The Disturbing Case of Mudrooroo." Mongrel Signatures: Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo. Ed. A. Oboe. Rodopi, 2003. 107-128.

Nolan, Maggie, "Displacing Aborigines: Freud's Totem and Taboo.Histories of the Present: Psychoanalysis, Identity and the Paradox of History. Eds. J. Damousie and R. Reynolds. Melbourne UP, 2003. 60-70.

Refereed journal articles

Nolan, Maggie. &ldquoCathy Freeman, reconciliation and the burden of history.&rdquo Continuum 36:3 (2022) 429-447. DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2021.1998371

Nolan, Maggie. &ldquoConceptualising Irish-Aboriginal Writing.&rdquo Australian Literary Studies 36.2 (2021) DOI: 10.20314/als.776fd12cac.

McDonald, Ronan and Maggie Nolan. &ldquoIntroduction: The Uses of Irish-Australian Literature.&rdquo Australian Literary Studies 36.2 (2021) DOI: 10.20314/als.3eb21c884e.

Nolan, Maggie. "Oscillating timescapes and the Significance of the Mine in Alexis Wright's Carpentaria." Australian Literary Studies 35.2 (2020)

Nolan, Maggie. "Reading Massacre: Book Club Responses to Landscape of Farewell." Texas Studies in Literature and Language. 62.1 (2020). 73-96.

Nolan, Maggie and Janeese Henaway, "Decolonizing reading: The Murri Book Club." Continuum 31.6 (2017): 791-801.

Nolan, Maggie, "Reading Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance: Book Clubs and Postcolonial Literary Theory", Journal for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL) 16.2 (2016)

Nolan, Maggie, "Narrating Historical Massacre: Alex Miller's Landscape of Farewell." JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. 16.1 (2016).

Nolan, Maggie, "Shedding Clothes: Performing Cross-cultural Exchange through costume and writing in Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance." Southerly 75.2 (2015): 124-145.

Nolan, Maggie and Robert Clarke, "Book Clubs, Kate Grenville's The Secret River, and the Ordinary Reader." Australian Literary Studies. 29.4 (2014): 19-35.

Clarke, Robert and Maggie Nolan, "Book Clubs and Reconciliation." Australian Humanities Review 56 May, 2014.

Nolan, Marguerite, "Australia." Section 12: New Literatures. Year's Work in English Studies 93.1 (2014). 

Nolan, Marguerite, "Australia." Section 12: New Literatures. Year's Work in English Studies 92.1 (2013): 888-911.

Nolan, Marguerite and Robert Clarke. "Reading The Secret River." Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. 17.2 (2011): 9-25.

Nolan, Maggie, "Reconciling with Oneself: Gordon Matthews' An Australian Son." Southerly 71.1 (2011): 89-104.

Nolan, Marguerite, "Dealing with Difference: The Secret of The Secret Life of Us." Journal of Australian Studies 33.2 (2009): 139-151.

Nolan, Maggie, "It's all migloo crap to me: Identity Politics in Contemporary Indigenous Literature." Queensland Review 12.1 (2005): 37-46.

Nolan, Maggie and Christy Collis. "Sites of Benevolence." Journal of Australian Studies 85 (2005): 5-10.

Nolan, Maggie, "In his Own Sweet Time: Carmen's Coming Out," Australian Literary Studies 21.4 (2004): 134-148.

Nolan, Maggie and Carrie Dawson. "Who's Who? Mapping Hoaxes and Imposture in Australian Literary History." Australian Literary Studies 21.4 (2004): v-xx.

Nolan, Maggie, "Exorcizing History: Radiance and the Abject Aboriginal Mother." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 2.3 (2004): 175-197.

Nolan, Maggie, "The Absent Aborigine." Antipodes 12.1 (1998): 7-13.

Nolan, Maggie, "Review Essay: Mistaken Identities." Australian Studies 13.1 (1998): 142-57.


       From 2010-2020, I have been the co-editor of the peer reviewed and refereed Journal of Australian Studies

       I co-edited, with Jack Frawley and Nereda White, Indigenous Issues in Australian Universities: Research, Teaching, Support. Darwin: Charles             Darwin Univerity Press, 2009

       Editing of peer review special issues

       McDonald, Ronan and Maggie Nolan (2021) Guest Editors, "The Uses of Irish-Australian Literature.&rdquo Australian Literary Studies 36.2
       Collis, Christy, and Maggie Nolan (2005). Guest Editors, "Benevolence." Journal of Australian Studies (JAS) No. 85.
       Nolan, Maggie and Carrie Dawson (2004) Guest Editors, "Who's Who? Hoaxes and Imposture in Australian Literary Culture." Australian Literary         Studies  (ALS) 21.4

Although in literary studies, I am an interdisciplinary humanities scholar working across the fields of history, sociology and philosophy.

I am currently working on three research projects:

1) Literary hoaxes and imposture in the postwar Australia. This project addresses questions of identity, authority and authenticity through the lens of high-profile and controversial cases of literary hoaxing, imposture and cultural appropriation. 

2) Irish-Australian Literature. This project, with Professor Ronan McDonald, from University of Melbourne. This project seeks to identify appropriate conceptual models and frames within which to understand the discursive role of Irishness within Australian writing and the gestation of the Australian imaginary. 

3) Cultures of reading, with a focus on book clubs, with Dr Robert Clarke, of the University of Tasmania. This project aims to explore shared reading in Australia and extend our understanding of the impact of book groups in Australian public and private life.

I regularly engage with the media on my research. Some recent articles include:

May 2020, The Weekend Australian. Writing Country, Authoring Understanding introduces the recent work of six prominent Indigenous writers as part of their annual celebration of Indigenous achievement, which was widely shared on social media.

January 2020, ABC Religion and Ethics, Ethics of Reading:

July 2018, The Murri Book Club and the Politics of Reading for Indigenous Australians in The Conversation

My work has been cited in the media as well, including by:

Jenna Price in her Sydney Morning Herald article, Mean Book Clubs and How to Avoid them, (2020)

Lisa Mayoh (2017) Why Book Clubs are all the Rage Right Now story/ef45f2b912fc1a15b72acd71161f6bc1.

I am frequently interviewed for radio about book clubs and literary hoaxes, most recently on July 3, 2020 by Indira Naidoo as part of a panel on ABC RN nightlife and in December 2019, for ABC Evenings with Sirine Demachkie.



Professional Memberships
I am an executive member of InASA, the International Australian Studies Association.
I am an executive member and chair of the research sub-committee for the AUHE (Australian University Heads of English).
I am an executive member of AULLA (the Australian Universities Language and Literature Assocation).
Formerly, I was an Executive member of ASAL, the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and I am current member of this assocation.

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