Dr Bernadette Brennan

BA Hons, PhD
Senior Lecturer

Telephone +61 2 9351 6853

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Research interests

  • Australian Literature and the Public Sphere
  • Contemporary Australian film and drama
  • Aboriginal literature, film and drama
  • Stolen Generations narratives
  • Francis Webb
  • Brian Castro
  • Postmodernism
  • Lifewriting
  • Narrative and Healing

Teaching and supervision

  • Australian Literature (contemporary/modern)
  • Literature and Ethics
  • Critical Theory

Current projects

An investigation of contemporary Australian memoirs as narratives of healing.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Brennan, B. (2008). Brian Castro's fiction: the seductive play of language. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press.

Edited Books

  • Brennan, B. (2008). Ethical investigations: Australian literature and poetics. Sydney: Vagabond Press.
  • Brennan, B. (2008). Just words? Australian authors writing for justice. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press.

Book Chapters

  • Brennan, B. (2013). Tracing the Spectre of Death in Francis Webb's Last Poems. In Ann Vickery, John Hawke (Eds.), Poetry and the Trace, (pp. 242-253). Glebe, Sydney: Puncher & Wattmann.
  • Brennan, B. (2013). Worlds Without and Within: Reading Through Patrick White's Library in 'The Solid Mandala'. In Robert Dixon, Brigid Rooney (Eds.), Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?, (pp. 115-126). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Brennan, B. (2010). Riders in the chariot: a tale for our times. In McMahon, Elizabeth and Olubas, Brigitta (Eds.), Remembering Patrick White, (pp. 19-33). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Brennan, B. (2008). Travelling towards ourselves: rights and recognition in Clara Law's "Letters to Ali". In Bernadette Brennan (Eds.), Just words? Australian authors writing for justice, (pp. 137-151). St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press.
  • Brennan, B. (2002). Writing of Death and Death of Writing in Brian Castro's 'Stepper'. In Xavier Pons (Eds.), Departures: How Australia Reinvents Itself, (pp. 145-152). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Journals

  • Brennan, B. (2014). Kim Cheng Boey's "Between Stations": 'The Architecture of Memory'. Life Writing, 11(1), 39-54. [More Information]
  • Brennan, B. (2013). Talking Amongst Ourselves: "Auntie Rita", A Private and Public Conversation of Healing. Auto/Biography Studies, 28(1), 150-166.
  • Brennan, B. (2012). 'Alone and in close company': Reading and Companionship in Brenda Walker's Reading by Moonlight. Australian Literary Studies, 27(1), 62-75.
  • Brennan, B. (2012). Bodies of Knowledge: History, Memory, Selves in Tiger's Eye. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 26(2), 209-214.
  • Brennan, B. (2012). Frameworks of Grief: Narrative as an Act of Healing in Contemporary Memoir. Text: journal of writing and writing courses, 16(1), 1-23.
  • Brennan, B. (2011). Singing it anew: David Malouf’s Ransom. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 11(1 (Special issue: Archive Madness)), 1-12.
  • Brennan, B. (2009). Tracing the spectre of death in Francis Webb''s last poems. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 9, 1-12.
  • Brennan, B. (2009). Travelling towards ourselves: rights and recognition in Clara Law's Letters to Ali. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3(1), 15-28.
  • Brennan, B. (2008). Literature and the intimate space of death. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 22(2), 103-109.
  • Brennan, B. (2007). Riders in the Chariot: A Tale for Our Times. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 7, 32-45.
  • Brennan, B. (2007). Unpacking Castro's Library, or Detours and Return in The Garden Book. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2007 Special Issue, 25-36.
  • Brennan, B. (2006). Kim Mahood's 'Craft for a Dry Lake': A Work in Progress. Southerly, 66(1), 91-105.
  • Brennan, B. (2005). Book Review of Butterfly Song, by Terri Janke. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 4, 222-224.
  • Brennan, B. (2005). Recognizing the "Face of Love" in Francis Webb's "The Canticle". Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 19(1), 31-38.
  • Brennan, B. (2004). 'Death And The Woman': Looking At Francis Webb's 'Lament For St Maria Goretti'. Australian Literary Studies, 21(3), 289-298.
  • Brennan, B. (2004). 'Documenting Indigenous Theatre', review of Creating Frames: contemporary Indigenous Theatre 1967-1990. Southerly, 64(3), 198-201.
  • Brennan, B. (2004). Words Of Water: Reading Otherness In Tourmaline And Oyster. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 3, 143-157.
  • Brennan, B. (2003). Bernadette Brennan compares two recent histories of Australian Theatre: Michelle Arrow's Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last, and Julian Meyrick's See How It Runs: Nimrod and the New Wave. Australian Humanities Review, May 2003(May 2003).
  • Brennan, B. (2003). Conversation of Hope’, review of Mark McKenna, Looking for Blackfellas’ Point’. Round Table, 92(369), 315-316.
  • Brennan, B. (2003). Shakespeare: Performance and Appropriation on the Australian Stage. Southerly, 63(1), 202-206.
  • Brennan, B. (2002). 'A Question of Voice', review of Elena Govor, My Dark Brother: The Story of the Illins, a Russian-Aboriginal Family. Southerly, 62(2), 191-198.
  • Brennan, B. (2002). 'Narrative of Care', review of Colin McPhedran, White Butterflies. Southerly, 62(3), 210-212.
  • Brennan, B. (2002). Poetry and Politics: In conflict or conversation? Aboriginal poetry, Peter Skrzynecki and Bruce Dawe. Sydney Studies in English, 28, 102-122.

Reference Works

  • Brennan, B. (2006). "Brian Castro." Selina Samuels (ed.). Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol 325. Australian Writers, 1975-2000.

Other

  • Henderson, I., Brennan, B. (2003), New Literatures in English: Australia.

2014

  • Brennan, B. (2014). Kim Cheng Boey's "Between Stations": 'The Architecture of Memory'. Life Writing, 11(1), 39-54. [More Information]

2013

  • Brennan, B. (2013). Talking Amongst Ourselves: "Auntie Rita", A Private and Public Conversation of Healing. Auto/Biography Studies, 28(1), 150-166.
  • Brennan, B. (2013). Tracing the Spectre of Death in Francis Webb's Last Poems. In Ann Vickery, John Hawke (Eds.), Poetry and the Trace, (pp. 242-253). Glebe, Sydney: Puncher & Wattmann.
  • Brennan, B. (2013). Worlds Without and Within: Reading Through Patrick White's Library in 'The Solid Mandala'. In Robert Dixon, Brigid Rooney (Eds.), Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?, (pp. 115-126). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

2012

  • Brennan, B. (2012). 'Alone and in close company': Reading and Companionship in Brenda Walker's Reading by Moonlight. Australian Literary Studies, 27(1), 62-75.
  • Brennan, B. (2012). Bodies of Knowledge: History, Memory, Selves in Tiger's Eye. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 26(2), 209-214.
  • Brennan, B. (2012). Frameworks of Grief: Narrative as an Act of Healing in Contemporary Memoir. Text: journal of writing and writing courses, 16(1), 1-23.

2011

  • Brennan, B. (2011). Singing it anew: David Malouf’s Ransom. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 11(1 (Special issue: Archive Madness)), 1-12.

2010

  • Brennan, B. (2010). Riders in the chariot: a tale for our times. In McMahon, Elizabeth and Olubas, Brigitta (Eds.), Remembering Patrick White, (pp. 19-33). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

2009

  • Brennan, B. (2009). Tracing the spectre of death in Francis Webb''s last poems. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 9, 1-12.
  • Brennan, B. (2009). Travelling towards ourselves: rights and recognition in Clara Law's Letters to Ali. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3(1), 15-28.

2008

  • Brennan, B. (2008). Brian Castro's fiction: the seductive play of language. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press.
  • Brennan, B. (2008). Ethical investigations: Australian literature and poetics. Sydney: Vagabond Press.
  • Brennan, B. (2008). Just words? Australian authors writing for justice. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press.
  • Brennan, B. (2008). Literature and the intimate space of death. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 22(2), 103-109.
  • Brennan, B. (2008). Travelling towards ourselves: rights and recognition in Clara Law's "Letters to Ali". In Bernadette Brennan (Eds.), Just words? Australian authors writing for justice, (pp. 137-151). St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press.

2007

  • Brennan, B. (2007). Riders in the Chariot: A Tale for Our Times. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 7, 32-45.
  • Brennan, B. (2007). Unpacking Castro's Library, or Detours and Return in The Garden Book. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2007 Special Issue, 25-36.

2006

  • Brennan, B. (2006). "Brian Castro." Selina Samuels (ed.). Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol 325. Australian Writers, 1975-2000.
  • Brennan, B. (2006). Kim Mahood's 'Craft for a Dry Lake': A Work in Progress. Southerly, 66(1), 91-105.

2005

  • Brennan, B. (2005). Book Review of Butterfly Song, by Terri Janke. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 4, 222-224.
  • Brennan, B. (2005). Recognizing the "Face of Love" in Francis Webb's "The Canticle". Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 19(1), 31-38.

2004

  • Brennan, B. (2004). 'Death And The Woman': Looking At Francis Webb's 'Lament For St Maria Goretti'. Australian Literary Studies, 21(3), 289-298.
  • Brennan, B. (2004). 'Documenting Indigenous Theatre', review of Creating Frames: contemporary Indigenous Theatre 1967-1990. Southerly, 64(3), 198-201.
  • Brennan, B. (2004). Words Of Water: Reading Otherness In Tourmaline And Oyster. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 3, 143-157.

2003

  • Brennan, B. (2003). Bernadette Brennan compares two recent histories of Australian Theatre: Michelle Arrow's Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last, and Julian Meyrick's See How It Runs: Nimrod and the New Wave. Australian Humanities Review, May 2003(May 2003).
  • Brennan, B. (2003). Conversation of Hope’, review of Mark McKenna, Looking for Blackfellas’ Point’. Round Table, 92(369), 315-316.
  • Henderson, I., Brennan, B. (2003), New Literatures in English: Australia.
  • Brennan, B. (2003). Shakespeare: Performance and Appropriation on the Australian Stage. Southerly, 63(1), 202-206.

2002

  • Brennan, B. (2002). 'A Question of Voice', review of Elena Govor, My Dark Brother: The Story of the Illins, a Russian-Aboriginal Family. Southerly, 62(2), 191-198.
  • Brennan, B. (2002). 'Narrative of Care', review of Colin McPhedran, White Butterflies. Southerly, 62(3), 210-212.
  • Brennan, B. (2002). Poetry and Politics: In conflict or conversation? Aboriginal poetry, Peter Skrzynecki and Bruce Dawe. Sydney Studies in English, 28, 102-122.
  • Brennan, B. (2002). Writing of Death and Death of Writing in Brian Castro's 'Stepper'. In Xavier Pons (Eds.), Departures: How Australia Reinvents Itself, (pp. 145-152). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

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