Born: Established: 1969 Murray River ;
Nicole Moore was born on the Murray River and grew up on the far side of the Hay plain, in the isolated New South Wales town of Balranald. Her father was the town's dry-cleaner and ran the local cinema with her grandmother; her mother taught at Balranald Central School from 1962 to 2002.
Moore has a university medal in Australian literature from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the English department at the University of Queensland, benefiting from the last days of free education in Australia. She has published mainly on twentieth-century Australian writing, edited the Vulgar Press scholarly 2002 edition of Jean Devanny's Sugar Heaven (2002) and has been reviews editor of Australian Humanities Review (2000-2004) and of Australian Feminist Studies (2005-). Moore has lectured in English and Australian Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. In 2010, she took up the position of Associate Professor in English at the University of New South Wales, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Her research interests include the history of Australian literature combined with interdisciplinary research in gender studies, cultural history and book history, with a special interest in censorship. Her writing has examined twentieth-century Australian literature, with an emphasis on questions of reception and social engagement. Her interests also include the political cultures of writing and reading, and the complex relations of literature and history within and across national boundaries.
Nicole Moore was a co-editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (Allen and Unwin, 2009) for the period 1900-1950.
Source: School of Humanities and Social Sciences website, hass.unsw.adfa.edu.au (sighted 15/5/13)
'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.
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'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.
'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)