About Dr Peter Kirkpatrick
Dr Kirkpatrick's research is in Australian literature and cultural history. He is 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. His 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, Dr Kirkpatrick is writing a book on literary modernism in Sydney, with chapters on a variety of poets and fiction writers from Henry Lawson to Patrick White. He has published two collections of verse, and is working towards a third. He has taught across a wide range of English and Australian literature, as well as literary theory. His postgraduate supervision has included literary and cultural history, Indigenous Australian writing, poetry and poetics, and creative writing.