Dr Brigid Rooney

BA (Macquarie), PhD (Macquarie)
Senior Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4517

Website Australian Literature Program

Biographical details

I am currently researching the nexus between fictional and real suburbia in Australian novels over the past century and encompassing a wide range of writers, including Christina Stead, Eleanor Dark, Patrick White, Elizabeth Harrower, George Johnston, David Malouf, Melissa Lucashenko and Steven Carroll, among others. I am interested in the ways that fictional works index the real times and places of particular suburbs and suburban communities: how these are framed by national and global contexts, and how fiction works to transform and reinvent such local resources, often through an engagement with modernist forms and styles of narration. My teaching and research are also informed by a longstanding interest in public and national debates about Australia’s colonial legacy, and about the relationship of settler culture to place. I have a continuing interest in theorising the relationship between literature and the public sphere, especially in an Australian context, as exemplified by my recent book, Literary Activists: Writer-Intellectuals and Australian Public Life (University of Queensland Press, 2009).

Research interests

  • Australian literature and the representation of suburbia
  • Australian literary culture and the public sphere
  • Contemporary Australian writers as public intellectuals
  • Time, place and modernism in Australian literature
  • Cultural theories of Pierre Bourdieu
  • Contemporary Australian fiction
  • Individual authors of particular interest to me: Christina Stead, Patrick White, David Malouf, Helen Garner, Steven Carroll, Gail Jones, Gerald Murnane, among other contemporary Australian writers.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2015

  • The Novel and the Suburb in Australia: 1900 to the Present; Rooney B; DVC Research/Thompson Fellowships.

2012

  • Writing the World - Transnationalism in Literary Studies; Bandhauer A, Borghesi F, Christie W, Cowan R, Dixon R, Giles P, Karalis V, Kirkpatrick P, Lu Y, Minter P, Morgan P, Parsons N, Rooney B, Suter R, Walsh A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2011

  • Transfigurations of time, place and belonging in contemporary Australian literary fiction; Rooney B; School of Letters, Art and Media, University of Sydney/ARC Assistance Scheme.

2008

  • Systematizing Quality Enhancement and Assurance Processes to Better Support Student Learning; Rooney B, Thomas S; University of Sydney/Teaching Improvement and Equipment Scheme (TIES).

2001

  • A materialist feminist study of Australian Writers as public intellectuals; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Rooney, B. (2009). Literary Activists: Writer-Intellectuals and Australian Public Life. St Lucia, Queensland, Australia: University of Queensland Press.

Edited Books

  • Dixon, R., Rooney, B. (2013). Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Dale, L., Rooney, B. (2007). New reckonings: Australian literature past, present, future. Essays in honour of Elizabeth Webby. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press.

Book Chapters

  • Rooney, B. (2014). From the Sublime to the Uncanny in Tim Winton's 'Breath'. In Lyn McCredden, Nathanael OReilly (Eds.), Tim Winton: Critical Essays, (pp. 241-262). Crawley, WA: University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP).
  • Dixon, R., Rooney, B. (2013). Introduction: Australian Literature, Globalisation and the Literary Province. In Robert Dixon, Brigid Rooney (Eds.), Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?, (pp. ix-xxxvi). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Rooney, B. (2013). Stretching Out in all Directions: Patrick White and the Great Australian Emptiness. In Tanya Dalziell, Paul Genoni (Eds.), Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012, (pp. 209-216). Clayton, Australia: Monash University Publishing.
  • Rooney, B. (2013). Time's Abyss: Australian Literary Modernism and the Scene of Ferry Wreck. In Robert Dixon, Brigid Rooney (Eds.), Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?, (pp. 101-114). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Rooney, B. (2012). The Ruin of Time and the Temporality of Belonging: Journey to the Stone Country and Landscape of Farewell. In Robert Dixon (Eds.), The Novels of Alex Miller: An Introduction, (pp. 201-216). Sydney, Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Rooney, B. (2010). Kate Grenville as Public Intellectual. In Sue Kossew (Eds.), Lighting Dark Places: Essays on Kate Grenville, (pp. 17-38). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Rooney, B. (2010). Public recluse: Patrick White's literary-political returns. In McMahon, Elizabeth and Olubas, Brigitta (Eds.), Remembering Patrick White, (pp. 3-18). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Rooney, B. (2007). Christina Stead. In Nicholas Birns and Rebecca McNear (Eds.), A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900, (pp. 235-246). Rochester, New York: Camden House.
  • Rooney, B. (2007). Reluctant Prophets and Gadfly Laureates: The Australian Writer as Public Intellectual. In Ned Curthoys, Debjani Ganguly (Eds.), Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual, (pp. 96-118). Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Journals

  • Rooney, B. (2013). Colonising Time, Recollecting Place: Steven Carroll's Reinvention of Suburbia. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 13(2), 1-16.
  • Rooney, B. (2012). Pathological Geomorphology and the Ecological Sublime: Andrew McGahan's Wonders of a Godless World. Southerly, 72(3), 55-77.
  • Rooney, B. (2010). [Book review] Fierce compassion. Review of Warrior for Peace - Dorothy Auchterlonie Green, by Willa McDonald. Australian Book Review, 317, 56-57.
  • Rooney, B. (2009). Manifesto of the senses: blind sightedness in Christina Stead's For Love Alone. Australian Literary Studies, 24(3-4), 53-65.
  • Rooney, B. (2007). Desert Hauntings, Public Interiors and National Modernity: from 'The Overlanders' to 'Walkabout' and 'Japanese Story'. Southerly, 67(1-2), 410-422.
  • Rooney, B. (2007). Remembering Inheritance: David Malouf and the Literary Cultivation of Nation. Journal of Australian Studies, 90, 65-75.
  • Rooney, B. (2006). Review: Dearest Munx: The Letters of Christina Stead and William J. Blake; The Equal Heart and Mind: Letters between Judith Wright and Jack McKinney. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 5.
  • Rooney, B. (2005). The Sinner, the Prophet, and the Pieta: Sacrifice and the Sacred in Helen Garner's Narratives. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 19(2), 159-165.
  • Rooney, B. (2005). Words and Worth. Southerly, 65(1), 168-171.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). "Those boys told me everything";The politics of the secretary in Christina Stead's 1930's fiction. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 17(1), 29-35.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). Crossing the Rubicon: Abjection and Revolution in Christina Stead's I'm Dying Laughing. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2, 29-39.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). Notes for ‘Judith Wright and Les Murray: Correspondence’. Southerly, 1, 179-180.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). Poetry, race and nation: white desires for belonging in contemporary Australia. Working Papers on the Web, 5(September 2003), 1-12.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). Stead's Satire of the West in Decline. Overland, 173, 94-95.
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Breaking Social Spells: Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002): An Obituary. Politics and Culture, (2), online.
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Introduction: Materials for Feminism. Australian Feminist Studies, 17(37), 19-21.
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Narrative viewpoint and the representation of power in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four. Sydney Studies in English, 28.
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Theme: Materials for Feminism: Introduction. Australian Feminist Studies, , 19-21.
  • Rooney, B. (2001). Falling in Love with Jane: The Pleasures and Problems of being an Austen Fan in Australia. Sensibilities, 23, 99-114.
  • Rooney, B. (2001). Review: Masculine Domination. Australian Women's Book Review, 13(1), online.
  • Rooney, B. (2001). Review: Pierre Bourdieu: A Critical Introduction. Politics and Culture, (2).
  • Rooney, B. (2001). Writers Behaving Badly; Stead, Bourdieu and Australian Literary Culture. Australian Literary Studies, 20(1), 76-87.
  • Rooney, B. (2000). Strange familiars: closeting revolution in Christina Stead's "Cotters' England". Australian Feminist Studies, 15(32), 249-362.
  • Rooney, B. (1998). Loving the revolutionary: re-reading Christina Stead's encounter with men, Marxism, and the Popular Front in 1930's Paris. Southerly, 58(4), 24-102.

Edited Journals

  • Rooney, B. (2002). Guest Editor: Materials for Feminism. Australian Feminist Studies, 17(37).

Reference Works

  • Rooney, B. (2005). Christina Stead (1902-1983). In M. Keith Booker (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Literature and Politics. Greenwood Press.
  • Rooney, B. (2004). David Malouf (1934- ). In Selina Samuels (Eds.), Australian Writers, 1950-1975. (pp. 214-222). Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Co.
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Christina Stead (1902-1983). In Selina Samuels (Eds.), (pp. 331-346).

Other

  • Rooney, B. (2010), Interview with David Malouf. Produced in Journal.

2014

  • Rooney, B. (2014). From the Sublime to the Uncanny in Tim Winton's 'Breath'. In Lyn McCredden, Nathanael OReilly (Eds.), Tim Winton: Critical Essays, (pp. 241-262). Crawley, WA: University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP).

2013

  • Rooney, B. (2013). Colonising Time, Recollecting Place: Steven Carroll's Reinvention of Suburbia. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 13(2), 1-16.
  • Dixon, R., Rooney, B. (2013). Introduction: Australian Literature, Globalisation and the Literary Province. In Robert Dixon, Brigid Rooney (Eds.), Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?, (pp. ix-xxxvi). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Dixon, R., Rooney, B. (2013). Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Rooney, B. (2013). Stretching Out in all Directions: Patrick White and the Great Australian Emptiness. In Tanya Dalziell, Paul Genoni (Eds.), Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012, (pp. 209-216). Clayton, Australia: Monash University Publishing.
  • Rooney, B. (2013). Time's Abyss: Australian Literary Modernism and the Scene of Ferry Wreck. In Robert Dixon, Brigid Rooney (Eds.), Scenes of Reading: Is Australian Literature a World Literature?, (pp. 101-114). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

2012

  • Rooney, B. (2012). Pathological Geomorphology and the Ecological Sublime: Andrew McGahan's Wonders of a Godless World. Southerly, 72(3), 55-77.
  • Rooney, B. (2012). The Ruin of Time and the Temporality of Belonging: Journey to the Stone Country and Landscape of Farewell. In Robert Dixon (Eds.), The Novels of Alex Miller: An Introduction, (pp. 201-216). Sydney, Australia: Allen and Unwin.

2010

  • Rooney, B. (2010). [Book review] Fierce compassion. Review of Warrior for Peace - Dorothy Auchterlonie Green, by Willa McDonald. Australian Book Review, 317, 56-57.
  • Rooney, B. (2010), Interview with David Malouf. Produced in Journal.
  • Rooney, B. (2010). Kate Grenville as Public Intellectual. In Sue Kossew (Eds.), Lighting Dark Places: Essays on Kate Grenville, (pp. 17-38). Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • Rooney, B. (2010). Public recluse: Patrick White's literary-political returns. In McMahon, Elizabeth and Olubas, Brigitta (Eds.), Remembering Patrick White, (pp. 3-18). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

2009

  • Rooney, B. (2009). Literary Activists: Writer-Intellectuals and Australian Public Life. St Lucia, Queensland, Australia: University of Queensland Press.
  • Rooney, B. (2009). Manifesto of the senses: blind sightedness in Christina Stead's For Love Alone. Australian Literary Studies, 24(3-4), 53-65.

2007

  • Rooney, B. (2007). Christina Stead. In Nicholas Birns and Rebecca McNear (Eds.), A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900, (pp. 235-246). Rochester, New York: Camden House.
  • Rooney, B. (2007). Desert Hauntings, Public Interiors and National Modernity: from 'The Overlanders' to 'Walkabout' and 'Japanese Story'. Southerly, 67(1-2), 410-422.
  • Dale, L., Rooney, B. (2007). New reckonings: Australian literature past, present, future. Essays in honour of Elizabeth Webby. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press.
  • Rooney, B. (2007). Reluctant Prophets and Gadfly Laureates: The Australian Writer as Public Intellectual. In Ned Curthoys, Debjani Ganguly (Eds.), Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual, (pp. 96-118). Australia: Melbourne University Press.
  • Rooney, B. (2007). Remembering Inheritance: David Malouf and the Literary Cultivation of Nation. Journal of Australian Studies, 90, 65-75.

2006

  • Rooney, B. (2006). Review: Dearest Munx: The Letters of Christina Stead and William J. Blake; The Equal Heart and Mind: Letters between Judith Wright and Jack McKinney. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 5.

2005

  • Rooney, B. (2005). Christina Stead (1902-1983). In M. Keith Booker (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Literature and Politics. Greenwood Press.
  • Rooney, B. (2005). The Sinner, the Prophet, and the Pieta: Sacrifice and the Sacred in Helen Garner's Narratives. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 19(2), 159-165.
  • Rooney, B. (2005). Words and Worth. Southerly, 65(1), 168-171.

2004

  • Rooney, B. (2004). David Malouf (1934- ). In Selina Samuels (Eds.), Australian Writers, 1950-1975. (pp. 214-222). Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Co.

2003

  • Rooney, B. (2003). "Those boys told me everything";The politics of the secretary in Christina Stead's 1930's fiction. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 17(1), 29-35.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). Crossing the Rubicon: Abjection and Revolution in Christina Stead's I'm Dying Laughing. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2, 29-39.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). Notes for ‘Judith Wright and Les Murray: Correspondence’. Southerly, 1, 179-180.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). Poetry, race and nation: white desires for belonging in contemporary Australia. Working Papers on the Web, 5(September 2003), 1-12.
  • Rooney, B. (2003). Stead's Satire of the West in Decline. Overland, 173, 94-95.

2002

  • Rooney, B. (2002). Breaking Social Spells: Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002): An Obituary. Politics and Culture, (2), online.
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Christina Stead (1902-1983). In Selina Samuels (Eds.), (pp. 331-346).
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Guest Editor: Materials for Feminism. Australian Feminist Studies, 17(37).
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Introduction: Materials for Feminism. Australian Feminist Studies, 17(37), 19-21.
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Narrative viewpoint and the representation of power in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four. Sydney Studies in English, 28.
  • Rooney, B. (2002). Theme: Materials for Feminism: Introduction. Australian Feminist Studies, , 19-21.

2001

  • Rooney, B. (2001). Falling in Love with Jane: The Pleasures and Problems of being an Austen Fan in Australia. Sensibilities, 23, 99-114.
  • Rooney, B. (2001). Review: Masculine Domination. Australian Women's Book Review, 13(1), online.
  • Rooney, B. (2001). Review: Pierre Bourdieu: A Critical Introduction. Politics and Culture, (2).
  • Rooney, B. (2001). Writers Behaving Badly; Stead, Bourdieu and Australian Literary Culture. Australian Literary Studies, 20(1), 76-87.

2000

  • Rooney, B. (2000). Strange familiars: closeting revolution in Christina Stead's "Cotters' England". Australian Feminist Studies, 15(32), 249-362.

1998

  • Rooney, B. (1998). Loving the revolutionary: re-reading Christina Stead's encounter with men, Marxism, and the Popular Front in 1930's Paris. Southerly, 58(4), 24-102.

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