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Irmtraud Petersson Irmtraud Petersson i(A18272 works by)
Born: Established: 1941 Lindau,
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1984
Heritage: German
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MA 1966 (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich/Germany); PhD 1988 (University of Queensland). Teaching in the field of Australian literature at the University of Queensland between 1986 and 2000. Co-compiler (with Carol Hetherington) of the ALS 'Annual Bibliography of Studies in Australian Literature' since 1988; Editorial Assistant of Australian Literary Studies since 1989. Joined the AustLit Gateway team as Senior Researcher in 2001. Irmtraud Petersson received an MA at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich, Germany, and completed her PhD at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Laurie Hergenhan.

Dr Petersson taught part-time in the field of Australian Literature at the University of Queensland between 1986 and 2000. She has been the editorial assistant of Australian Literary Studies and one of the compilers of the ALS 'Annual Bibliography of Studies in Australian Literature'.

Dr Petersson's thesis, German Images in Australian Literature from the 1940s to the 1980s, investigates 'literary evidence concerning German-Australian connections'. Her study enables writers and researchers of Australian literature to better perceive another culture as a means to present their own and hence gain an understanding of what connects and distinguishes us from other national cultures. A significant part of the thesis - and one often quoted - concerns the German characters in Patrick White's fiction.

In 1996 Martin Duwell and Petersson edited the anthology And What Books Do You Read? New Studies in Australian Literature. This collection of essays was structured around the literary interests of Petersson's PhD supervisor, Laurie Hergenhan and was dedicated to him. In 2001, Dr Petersson joined the AustLit team as Senior Researcher and was a significant contributor to the Bibliography of Australian Literature (2002-2008) project. She also assisted Dr Toni Johnson Woods with her ARC funded project on Australian Pulp Fiction. Dr Petersson translated and provided transliterated titles on the numerous German editions of the Carter Brown novels, providing valuable insight to the marketing of Australian literature overseas.

Dr. Irmtraud Petersson is also a friend and benefactor of the Australian Catholic University's Centre for Early Christian Studies and an Honorary Research Consultant and Advisor at the School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland.

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