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Elizabeth McMahon holds a PhD (Australian Literature) from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, and her research interests include Australian literature and the rhetoric of Australian cultural representation; representations of gender and sexuality; women's writing; contemporary and cultural theory.

McMahon has published extensively on the subject of transvestic representation in literature and film and in 2009 received an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant for her project, Our Island Home: the shifting map of Australian literature. The project investigates how Australia's unique status as an island continent has shaped Australian literature.

Elizabeth McMahon edited Australian Humanities Review from 1997-2007 and co-edited Southerly from 2007. From 2009 she has served as a Chief Investigator on AustLit.

Source: http://empa.arts.unsw.edu.au/ (Sighted 03/03/2009 and 15/05/2013).

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Islands, Identity and the Literary Imagination 2016 multi chapter work criticism

'Australia is the planet's sole island continent. This book argues that the uniqueness of this geography has shaped Australian history and culture, including its literature. Further, it shows how the fluctuating definition of the island continent throws new light on the relationship between islands and continents in the mapping of modernity. The book links the historical and geographical conditions of islands with their potent role in the imaginary of European colonisation. It prises apart the tangled web of geography, fantasy, desire and writing that has framed the Western understanding of islands: their real and material conditions and their symbolic resonance from antiquity into globalised modernity. The book also traces how this spatial imaginary has shaped the modern'man'who is imagined as being the island's natural inhabitant or mirror. Importantly, the book challenges these habits of thought by their relocation within larger topological and imaginary visions from islanders themsleves.' Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 shortlisted ASAL Awards Walter McRae Russell Award
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