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Michael R. Griffiths Dr

Senior Lecturer

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

Overview


Michael R. Griffiths is a literary scholar whose work focuses principally on settler colonial literatures and histories. Within this concern he is especially interested with the representation of 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.

He has also published articles on numerous other topics, including: poetics and intention in postcolonial literature following the work of Édouard 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. According to Google Scholar, his H-Index is 7.

Griffiths has also intervened into debates about the political vicissitudes of the doctrine of freedom of 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 collection of essays received a notable amount of attention and was reprinted as a book from Taylor and Francis called Unsettled Voices.

Griffiths is an active participant in Jindaola <https://www.uow.edu.au/about/learning-teaching/jindaola/> after having gone through the 2018–19 training.

He is Chair of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (SPACLALS). <https://southpacificaclals.wixsite.com/website>

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 Ed. Nicholas Birns and Louis Klee; and for The Cambridge History of the Australian Novel Ed. David Carter).

    Representations of Indigenous and settler perceptions of time in Eleanor Dark's historical novels;

    And beginning work on a book-length study on:
    the postcolonial politics of allegory and realism.


    Here are some examples of Griffiths talking at conferences and in the media:

    On Radio Adelaide, talking about cultural appropriation and problematic representation in Australian Literature
    https://radioadelaide.org.au/2018/10/24/problematic-aussie-literature/

    Podcast for Journal of Commonwealth Literature (with Dr Anne Collette) on Derek Walcott, 2016:
    https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/2/9/0/29081599eba50d81/griffiths_walcott_copy.mp3?c_id=12304986&cs_id=12304986&expiration=1624803930&hwt=bcea14945bb72fb0c3b1bb1310795eff

    Invited talk at Columbia University's ICLS 2012:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/michael-r-griffiths-harvest-old-times-mimesis-sovereignty/id506422315?i=1000135880288


    As a Higher Degree Research supervisor, Griffiths has supervised or co-supervised to successful completion such projects as:

    Cosmopolitanism in Indian Fiction Written in English
    Feminism and Femininity in Chinese-Australian Literature
    Haunting in Chinese-Australian Literature
    Writing Poetically in Prose

    As an honours supervisor in the BA and BCA program, Griffiths has supervised to successful completion many projects including:
    Speech, Silence and Symptom in Alexis Wright and Thea Astley
    Representing The Real: Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Cinema
    Writing From Where We Are: Framing the Australian African diaspora in Australian contemporary literature
    Being Experimental in a Spectacular World: Australian Experimental Poetry from Brennan to Brown

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 Creative Arts Konfrontasi: The Untold Experiences f Australian Soldiers and their Families in a Forgotten War Novel: "Konfrontasi' Stevenson, Kylie
    Doctor of Philosophy The pitfalls and promises of Postcolonial Discourse Theory Mansourizeyni, Sina

Education And Training


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 Ed. Nicholas Birns and Louis Klee; and for The Cambridge History of the Australian Novel Ed. David Carter).

    Representations of Indigenous and settler perceptions of time in Eleanor Dark's historical novels;

    And beginning work on a book-length study on:
    the postcolonial politics of allegory and realism.


    Here are some examples of Griffiths talking at conferences and in the media:

    On Radio Adelaide, talking about cultural appropriation and problematic representation in Australian Literature
    https://radioadelaide.org.au/2018/10/24/problematic-aussie-literature/

    Podcast for Journal of Commonwealth Literature (with Dr Anne Collette) on Derek Walcott, 2016:
    https://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/2/9/0/29081599eba50d81/griffiths_walcott_copy.mp3?c_id=12304986&cs_id=12304986&expiration=1624803930&hwt=bcea14945bb72fb0c3b1bb1310795eff

    Invited talk at Columbia University's ICLS 2012:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/michael-r-griffiths-harvest-old-times-mimesis-sovereignty/id506422315?i=1000135880288


    As a Higher Degree Research supervisor, Griffiths has supervised or co-supervised to successful completion such projects as:

    Cosmopolitanism in Indian Fiction Written in English
    Feminism and Femininity in Chinese-Australian Literature
    Haunting in Chinese-Australian Literature
    Writing Poetically in Prose

    As an honours supervisor in the BA and BCA program, Griffiths has supervised to successful completion many projects including:
    Speech, Silence and Symptom in Alexis Wright and Thea Astley
    Representing The Real: Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Cinema
    Writing From Where We Are: Framing the Australian African diaspora in Australian contemporary literature
    Being Experimental in a Spectacular World: Australian Experimental Poetry from Brennan to Brown

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 Creative Arts Konfrontasi: The Untold Experiences f Australian Soldiers and their Families in a Forgotten War Novel: "Konfrontasi' Stevenson, Kylie
    Doctor of Philosophy The pitfalls and promises of Postcolonial Discourse Theory Mansourizeyni, Sina

Education And Training


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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