Dr Peter Kirkpatrick

BA Hons (UNSW), MA Hons (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Senior Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2270

Website Australian Literature Program

Biographical details

My research is in Australian literature and cultural history. I'm especially interested in poetry, and in particular its uses and transformations within popular culture over the last hundred years. A century ago poetry possessed a communal, frequently oral and performative dimension that has now largely disappeared. My research project on the public roles of poetry in Australia seeks to understand how this happened, and to explore modernity’s impact on the everyday life of literary forms. Intersecting with this, I'm writing a book on literary modernism in Sydney, with chapters on a variety of poets and fiction writers from Henry Lawson to Patrick White. I've published two collections of verse, and am working towards a third. I have taught across a wide range of English and Australian literature, as well as literary theory. My postgraduate supervision has included literary and cultural history, Indigenous Australian writing, poetry and poetics, and creative writing.

Research interests

  • Australian literature and cultural history
  • Poetry and popular culture
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Modernity and modernism
  • Creative writing

Research groups

Current projects

  • The Everyday Life of Poetry in Australia: a history of the public culture/s of poetry, taking in readership, education, performance (elocution), publishing and the mass media
  • Sydney Literary Modernism 1890-1970: an exploration of the relationships between modernity, popular culture and "high" literature
  • The Wild West Goes Bush: a project examining links between images of the frontier in Australia and the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present day

Associations

  • Member of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (Vice-President 2003-2005; President 2005-2007)
  • Member of the Australasian Humour Studies Network (review panel)
  • Member of the Australian Society of Authors
  • Member of the English Association, Sydney

Awards and honours

  • Shortlisted for the 2008 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for Westering
  • Joint winner of the 2007 William Baylebridge Memorial Prize for Westering
  • Winner of the 2004 Newcastle Poetry Prize

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

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.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2007). The Sea Coast of Bohemia: Literary Life in Sydney's Roaring Twenties. Perth: API Network.

Edited Books

  • Kirkpatrick, P., Dixon, R. (2012). Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • De Groen, F., Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour. St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.

Book Chapters

  • Kirkpatrick, P., Dixon, R. (2012). Introduction: Republics of Letters and Literary Communities. In Peter Kirkpatrick and Robert Dixon (Eds.), Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, (pp. v-xix). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2012). Jindy Modernist: The Jindyworobaks as Avant-Garde. In Peter Kirkpatrick and Robert Dixon (Eds.), Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, (pp. 99-112). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2010). The Venerable Boote: 'The Worker' Building, Castlereagh Street. In Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill (Eds.), Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes, (pp. 181-185). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). "We Are but Dust, Add Water and We Are Mud": The Comic Language of "Here's luck". In Fran De Groen, Peter Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, (pp. 97-109). St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). 'New words come tripping slowly': poetry, popular culture and modernity 1890-1950. In Peter Pierce (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australian Literature, (pp. 199-222). Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). Introduction. In The Australian Classics Library (Eds.), The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • De Groen, F., Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). Introduction: A saucer of vinegar. In Fran De Groen, Peter Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, (pp. xv-xxviii). St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2008). Henry Lawson. In Peter Cochrane (Eds.), Australian Greats, (pp. 49-52). North Sydney: Heinemann.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2007). Hunting the Wild Reciter: Elocution and Art of Recitation. In Joy Damousi and Desley Deacon (Eds.), Talking and Listening in the Age of Modernity - Essays on the History of Sound, (pp. 59-71). Canberra: ANU E Press.

Journals

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2014). Hellbound for Snowy River. Meanjin, 73(2), 32-41.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2014). Lose Weight Now, Ask Me How: On Light Verse. Australian Poetry Journal, , 56-63.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2011). A One-Man Writers' Festival. Overland, 204, 55-62.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2011). John Thompson, The Poet as Broadcaster. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 11(2), 1-13.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2010). Life and Love and 'Lasca'. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 127-149.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). The Magic Pudding's 90th Birthday. Metaphor, 1, 3-6.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2007). The Strange Death of Australian Literature. Australian Author, 39(1), 20-23.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2006). Hunting the Wild Reciter: Elocution and the Art of Recitation. Journal of Australian Studies, 88, 27-39.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2005). Badly Hurt and Beautifully Loved: The Poetry of John Laws. HEAT, 10, 55-72.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2003). The Wanderer and the "Flâneur": Christopher Brennan as Modernist. Southerly, 63(2), 63-77.

Textual Creative Works

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2014). "Dream Jobs" and "Versity". Text: A Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Sydney, Australia: Australian Association of Writing Programs.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2014). "Edmund Spenser, Amoretti LXX", "Edmund Spenser, Amoretti LXXV", and "Looks". Snorkel, 19, Australia: Snorkel. [More Information]
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2012). Australian Gothic and Other Poems. Warners Bay, Australia: Picaro Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). "Texas, Queensland", "Wally, Wally". The Puncher Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry, (pp. 59 - 60). Glebe, Australia: Puncher & Wattmann.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). The Bad News. Snorkel, (pp. 1 - 1). Sydney, Australia: Snorkel.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2006). Because She Would Ask Me Why Not. Five Bells, Australia: Poets' Union.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2006). Late Summer Light. Southerly, 66 (1), 14-18, issue 66.1, (pp. 1 - 18). Sydney, Australia: English Association, Sydney Branch.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2006). Westering (Book of poetry). Westering, (pp. 1 - 64). Sydney, Australia: Puncher & Wattmann.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2004). Bucolic Plague; or, This Eco-Lodge My Prison. Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2004: The Cool Breath Burn (CD), Newcastle, Australia: Hunter Writers Centre.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2004). Road Music, Princess of this Toyota, Westering, Whaleroad. Writing Macao 2, Issue 2, Macao, Afghanistan: University of Macao.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2002). Opera Ghost to Christine Daaé. fourW of Booranga Writers' Centre, Wagga Wagga, Australia: Charles Sturt University.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2002). Traveller’s Palm. Southerly, issue 62.3, (pp. 121 - 121). Sydney, Australia: English Association, Sydney Branch.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2002). Westering (poem). (pp. 13 - 15). Balmain, Australia: Poets' Union.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2001). The Mango Suckers, Tailing the Q. New Music: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry, Woollongong, Australia: Five Islands Press.

Reference Works

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2012). Jindyworobak. In Roland Greene et al. (Eds.), The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed. (pp. 763-763). Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2012). Pura, Annie Helen (1894 - 1982). Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18: 1981-1990, L-Z. (pp. 315). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2002). Thompson, John Joseph Meagher (1907 - 1968). In John Ritchie, Diane Langmore (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16: 1940-1980, , Pik-Z. (pp. 383-384). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

2014

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2014). "Dream Jobs" and "Versity". Text: A Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Sydney, Australia: Australian Association of Writing Programs.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2014). "Edmund Spenser, Amoretti LXX", "Edmund Spenser, Amoretti LXXV", and "Looks". Snorkel, 19, Australia: Snorkel. [More Information]
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2014). Hellbound for Snowy River. Meanjin, 73(2), 32-41.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2014). Lose Weight Now, Ask Me How: On Light Verse. Australian Poetry Journal, , 56-63.

2012

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2012). Australian Gothic and Other Poems. Warners Bay, Australia: Picaro Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P., Dixon, R. (2012). Introduction: Republics of Letters and Literary Communities. In Peter Kirkpatrick and Robert Dixon (Eds.), Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, (pp. v-xix). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2012). Jindy Modernist: The Jindyworobaks as Avant-Garde. In Peter Kirkpatrick and Robert Dixon (Eds.), Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, (pp. 99-112). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2012). Jindyworobak. In Roland Greene et al. (Eds.), The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th ed. (pp. 763-763). Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2012). Pura, Annie Helen (1894 - 1982). Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18: 1981-1990, L-Z. (pp. 315). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P., Dixon, R. (2012). Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

2011

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2011). A One-Man Writers' Festival. Overland, 204, 55-62.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2011). John Thompson, The Poet as Broadcaster. JASAL - Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 11(2), 1-13.

2010

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2010). Life and Love and 'Lasca'. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 127-149.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2010). The Venerable Boote: 'The Worker' Building, Castlereagh Street. In Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill (Eds.), Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes, (pp. 181-185). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2009

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). "Texas, Queensland", "Wally, Wally". The Puncher Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry, (pp. 59 - 60). Glebe, Australia: Puncher & Wattmann.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). "We Are but Dust, Add Water and We Are Mud": The Comic Language of "Here's luck". In Fran De Groen, Peter Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, (pp. 97-109). St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). 'New words come tripping slowly': poetry, popular culture and modernity 1890-1950. In Peter Pierce (Eds.), The Cambridge History of Australian Literature, (pp. 199-222). Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). Introduction. In The Australian Classics Library (Eds.), The Man from Snowy River and Other Verses. Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • De Groen, F., Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). Introduction: A saucer of vinegar. In Fran De Groen, Peter Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, (pp. xv-xxviii). St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • De Groen, F., Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour. St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). The Bad News. Snorkel, (pp. 1 - 1). Sydney, Australia: Snorkel.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2009). The Magic Pudding's 90th Birthday. Metaphor, 1, 3-6.

2008

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2008). Henry Lawson. In Peter Cochrane (Eds.), Australian Greats, (pp. 49-52). North Sydney: Heinemann.

2007

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2007). Hunting the Wild Reciter: Elocution and Art of Recitation. In Joy Damousi and Desley Deacon (Eds.), Talking and Listening in the Age of Modernity - Essays on the History of Sound, (pp. 59-71). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2007). The Sea Coast of Bohemia: Literary Life in Sydney's Roaring Twenties. Perth: API Network.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2007). The Strange Death of Australian Literature. Australian Author, 39(1), 20-23.

2006

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2006). Because She Would Ask Me Why Not. Five Bells, Australia: Poets' Union.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2006). Hunting the Wild Reciter: Elocution and the Art of Recitation. Journal of Australian Studies, 88, 27-39.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2006). Late Summer Light. Southerly, 66 (1), 14-18, issue 66.1, (pp. 1 - 18). Sydney, Australia: English Association, Sydney Branch.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2006). Westering (Book of poetry). Westering, (pp. 1 - 64). Sydney, Australia: Puncher & Wattmann.

2005

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2005). Badly Hurt and Beautifully Loved: The Poetry of John Laws. HEAT, 10, 55-72.

2004

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2004). Bucolic Plague; or, This Eco-Lodge My Prison. Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2004: The Cool Breath Burn (CD), Newcastle, Australia: Hunter Writers Centre.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2004). Road Music, Princess of this Toyota, Westering, Whaleroad. Writing Macao 2, Issue 2, Macao, Afghanistan: University of Macao.

2003

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2003). The Wanderer and the "Flâneur": Christopher Brennan as Modernist. Southerly, 63(2), 63-77.

2002

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2002). Opera Ghost to Christine Daaé. fourW of Booranga Writers' Centre, Wagga Wagga, Australia: Charles Sturt University.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2002). Thompson, John Joseph Meagher (1907 - 1968). In John Ritchie, Diane Langmore (Eds.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16: 1940-1980, , Pik-Z. (pp. 383-384). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2002). Traveller’s Palm. Southerly, issue 62.3, (pp. 121 - 121). Sydney, Australia: English Association, Sydney Branch.
  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2002). Westering (poem). (pp. 13 - 15). Balmain, Australia: Poets' Union.

2001

  • Kirkpatrick, P. (2001). The Mango Suckers, Tailing the Q. New Music: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry, Woollongong, Australia: Five Islands Press.

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