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Michael R. Griffiths Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Science and Humanities
  • School of the Arts, English and Media

Overview


Michael R. Griffiths is a literary scholar whose work focuses, for the most part, on settler colonialism and representation of and by Indigenous peoples. He joined the School of The Arts, English, and Media in 2014.  He received his PhD in English from Rice University in 2012, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University's Institute for Comparative Literature and Society from 2012 to 2014.

Griffiths' first monograph was released in 2018: The Distribution of Settlement: Appropriation and Refusal in Australian Literature and Culture (UWAP) and details the genealogy, history and legacy of appropriation in representations of and by Aboriginal people in Australian literature.

Griffiths has also intervened into debates about the precarities of free speech and hate speech. With Tanja Dreher, he co-edited a special issue of Continuum which offered an account of freedom of speech debates in the late liberal world. This special issue received sufficient hits and citations to be reprinted as a (forthcoming) book from Taylor and Francis.

He has also published articles on numerous other topics, including: poetics and intention in postcolonial literature following the work of Edouard Glissant, whiteness in the settler colonial public sphere, Daniel Defoe and critical animal studies, and the Bildungsroman in Africa. This work has appeared in such venues as Discourse, Postcolonial Studies, Postmodern Culture, Textual Practice and Humanimalia, as well as in a number of edited collections. He is an editorial board member of Antipodes and of Australian Literary Studies.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Griffiths is currently working on several article/chapter length studies of the following:

    White representations of Aboriginality and Aboriginal people in the Australian novel (for the Cambridge Companion to the Australian Novel).

    The postcolonial Bildungsroman.

    The representation of settler violence and history in Richard Flanagan's writing.


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Postcolonial Literary Studies
    • Settler Colonial Studies
    • Critical Theory
    • World Literature
    • Critical Animal Studies and Ecocriticism

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Founding of a Trinidad and Tobago national Theatre Praxis: The Dramatic Works of Derek Walcott, Errol Hill & Rawle Gibbons
    Doctor of Creative Arts Subaltern Shadows in Mrs Dalloway Cahill, Michelle
    Doctor of Philosophy Good Composure: Mapping Shifting Norms in the Language of Televised Australian Rules Football Commentary. Allender, Samantha
    Doctor of Philosophy Re-Imagining Women and Legitimating Whispers: Constructing An Australian Feminist Discourse Online Martin, Emily

Mailing Address


  • Dr. Michael R. Griffiths Senior Lecturer, English Literatures School of The Arts, English and Media

    Room No. G31 | Building 25 University of Wollongong NSW 2522

    Gwyneville

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Griffiths is currently working on several article/chapter length studies of the following:

    White representations of Aboriginality and Aboriginal people in the Australian novel (for the Cambridge Companion to the Australian Novel).

    The postcolonial Bildungsroman.

    The representation of settler violence and history in Richard Flanagan's writing.


Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Postcolonial Literary Studies
    • Settler Colonial Studies
    • Critical Theory
    • World Literature
    • Critical Animal Studies and Ecocriticism

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Founding of a Trinidad and Tobago national Theatre Praxis: The Dramatic Works of Derek Walcott, Errol Hill & Rawle Gibbons
    Doctor of Creative Arts Subaltern Shadows in Mrs Dalloway Cahill, Michelle
    Doctor of Philosophy Good Composure: Mapping Shifting Norms in the Language of Televised Australian Rules Football Commentary. Allender, Samantha
    Doctor of Philosophy Re-Imagining Women and Legitimating Whispers: Constructing An Australian Feminist Discourse Online Martin, Emily

Mailing Address


  • Dr. Michael R. Griffiths Senior Lecturer, English Literatures School of The Arts, English and Media

    Room No. G31 | Building 25 University of Wollongong NSW 2522

    Gwyneville

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

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