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Nicole Moore Nicole Moore i(A22094 works by)
Born: Established: 1969 Robinvale, Swan Hill - Robinvale area, North West Victoria, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Nicole Moore was born in Robinvale, Victoria, 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. In 2018, she was ARC Future Fellow and Professor of English and Media Studies at UNSW Canberra.

She was also lead investigator on the AustLit research project Banned in Australia.

Source: School of Humanities and Social Sciences website, (Sighted 25/09/2018)

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y separately published work icon The Censor's Library St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2012 Z1827919 2012 single work criticism

'A history of book censorship in Australia - what we couldn't read, didn't read, didn't know, and why we didn't.

'For much of the twentieth century, Australia banned more books and more serious books than most other English-speaking or Western countries, from the Kama Sutra through to Huxley's Brave New World and Joyce's Ulysses.

'The Censor's Library is the first comprehensive examination of Australian book censorship, based around the author's discovery of the secret 'censor's library' in the National Archive - 793 boxes of banned books, prohibited from the 1920s to the 1980s.

'As it has for much of Australia's history, censorship continues to attract heated debate, from the Henson affair to the national internet feed. But federal publications censorship has been a largely secret affair for most of the century, deliberately kept from the knowledge of the public.

'The Censor's Library is a provocative account of this scandalous history. Combining scholarship with the narrative tension of a thriller, Nicole Moore exposes the secret history of censorship in Australia.'

Source: Penguin website,
Sighted: 28/11/2011

2013 winner ASAL Awards Walter McRae Russell Award
2013 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards The Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards History Book Award
y separately published work icon Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

'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.

'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

'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)

Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

2010 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
2010 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Special Award
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