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Brigid Rooney Brigid Rooney i(A35625 works by)
Born: Established: 1956 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Brigid Rooney has taught Australian literature in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on twentieth century and contemporary Australian literature and co-edited scholarly collections on such topics as Christina Stead and Australian literature as world literature.

Most Referenced Works


  • Brigid Rooney's teaching areas are Australian literary culture, Australian studies, twentieth century women's writing, cultural materialist and feminist literary theories and she has also written about Jane Austen and the cultural theories of Pierre Bourdieu.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Suburban Space, the Novel and Australian Modernity London : Anthem Press , 2018 15450833 2018 multi chapter work criticism

'‘Suburban Space, the Novel and Australian Modernity’ investigates the interaction between suburbs and suburbia in a century-long series of Australian novels. It puts the often trenchantly anti-suburban rhetoric of Australian fiction in dialogue with its evocative and imaginative rendering of suburban place and time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted ASAL Awards Walter McRae Russell Award
y separately published work icon Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2009 Z1554003 2009 multi chapter work criticism

'Judith Wright fought to save the Great Barrier Reef and campaigned for a Treaty with Aboriginal Australians. Patrick White led anti-nuclear peace marches and boycotted the Bicentenary. Helen Garner and Les Murray took a stand against political correctness. What drives our most outstanding literary figures to become activists and public intellectuals? Are they, in Shelley's famous phrase, our 'unacknowledged legislators'? How have their public interventions provoked us, and how have we responded? Can writers really change the world?

'Literary Activists examines these questions through the lives and actions of some of Australia's foremost writers. It offers fresh insight into the activism, public-intellectual careers and writings of Judith Wright, Patrick White, Oodgeroo of the tribe of Noonuccal, Les Murray, Helen Garner, David Malouf and Tim Winton. It explores the intimate connection between writers and activism and asks what this reveals about the future of Australian literature.' (Publisher's blurb)

2011 shortlisted ASAL Awards Walter McRae Russell Award
2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Literary Scholarship
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