Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson

Emeritus Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Alan Lawson's research interests include post-colonial theory and critical practice, especially in relation to 'settler' cultures, literary and cultural institutions, Australia-Canada comparative studies, Australian fiction and Canadian fiction.

He currently researches in two distinct areas.

  1. Higher education policy - especially as it relates to research quality and research integrity
  2. The analysis of rhetorical and narrative tropes in "settler" post-colonial cultures, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa.

He has authored:

Patrick White.Articles on Australian literature including Patrick White, Barbara Baynton, George Johnston, Hal Porter, and Henry Lawson.Australian literary criticism and literary history.Post-colonial theory, Canadian literature and literary institutions.Theory and practice of comparative studies in post-colonial context.He has edited and co-edited many publications, including:Patrick White: Selected Writings.The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature (with Ken Goodwin).Barbara Baynton (with Sally Krimmer).Australian Literature: A Reference Guide (with Fred Lock).De-Scribing Empire: Post-colonialism and Textuality (with Chris Tiffin).Post-colonial Literatures: General, Comparative and Theoretical Criticism (with Leigh Dale, Helen Tiffin, and Shane Rowlands).Annotated Bibliographies of Criticism of Post-colonial Literatures in English series.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours1), University of Newcastle

Publications

  • Western, Mark, Boreham, Paul, Kubler, Matthias, Laffan, Warren, Western, John, Lawson, Alan and Clague, Denise (2007). PhD graduates 5 to 7 Years out: Employment outcomes, job attributes and the quality of research training: FINAL REPORT (Revised). Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: The University of Queensland Social Research Centre (UQSRC).

  • Lawson, A. J. (2004). Frank Moorhouse. Australian Writers 1950-1975. (pp. 223-231) edited by S. Samuels. Detroit: Gale.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2004). The anxious proximities of settler (post) colonial relations. Literary Theory: An Anthology. (pp. 1210-1223) edited by J. Rivkin and M. Ryan. Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2001). Barbara Baynton. Australian Literature, 1788-1914. (pp. 27-37) edited by Selina Samuels. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: The Gale Group.

  • Johnston, Anna and Lawson, Alan (2000). Settler colonies. A companion to postcolonial studies. (pp. 360-376) edited by Henry Schwarz and Sangeeta Ray. Malden, Mass USA: Blackwell. doi: 10.1111/b.9780631206637.2004.00021.x

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Grants

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Supervision

  • (2007) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2007) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Western, Mark, Boreham, Paul, Kubler, Matthias, Laffan, Warren, Western, John, Lawson, Alan and Clague, Denise (2007). PhD graduates 5 to 7 Years out: Employment outcomes, job attributes and the quality of research training: FINAL REPORT (Revised). Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: The University of Queensland Social Research Centre (UQSRC).

  • Lawson, A. J. (2004). Frank Moorhouse. Australian Writers 1950-1975. (pp. 223-231) edited by S. Samuels. Detroit: Gale.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2004). The anxious proximities of settler (post) colonial relations. Literary Theory: An Anthology. (pp. 1210-1223) edited by J. Rivkin and M. Ryan. Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2001). Barbara Baynton. Australian Literature, 1788-1914. (pp. 27-37) edited by Selina Samuels. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: The Gale Group.

  • Johnston, Anna and Lawson, Alan (2000). Settler colonies. A companion to postcolonial studies. (pp. 360-376) edited by Henry Schwarz and Sangeeta Ray. Malden, Mass USA: Blackwell. doi: 10.1111/b.9780631206637.2004.00021.x

Book

Book Chapter

  • Johnston, Anna and Lawson, Alan (2010). Settler postcolonialism and Australian literary culture. Modern Australian criticism and theory. (pp. 28-40) edited by David Carter and Wang Guanglin. Qingdao, China: Ocean University of China Press.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2004). Frank Moorhouse. Australian Writers 1950-1975. (pp. 223-231) edited by S. Samuels. Detroit: Gale.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2004). The anxious proximities of settler (post) colonial relations. Literary Theory: An Anthology. (pp. 1210-1223) edited by J. Rivkin and M. Ryan. Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2001). Barbara Baynton. Australian Literature, 1788-1914. (pp. 27-37) edited by Selina Samuels. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: The Gale Group.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2000). Difficult relations: narrative instability in settler cultures. The Paths of Multiculturalism: Travel Writings and Postcolonialism. (pp. 49-60) edited by Maria-Alzira Seixo, John Noyes, Graca Abreu and Isobel Moutinho. Lisboa, Portugal: Edicoes Cosmos.

  • Lawson, A. J. (2000). Proximities: From Asymptote to Zeugma. Postcolonizing the Commonwealth: Studies in literature and culture. (pp. 19-37) edited by Rowland Smith. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

  • Johnston, Anna and Lawson, Alan (2000). Settler colonies. A companion to postcolonial studies. (pp. 360-376) edited by Henry Schwarz and Sangeeta Ray. Malden, Mass USA: Blackwell. doi: 10.1111/b.9780631206637.2004.00021.x

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson is not currently available to take on new students.

Completed Supervision

  • (2007) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • (2007) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • (2007) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • (2006) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • (2005) Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors: