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A.A. Phillips Award
or ASAL : A.A. Phillips Award ; or (Association for the Study of Australian Literature) A.A. Phillips Award
Subcategory of ASAL Awards
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'The National Executive of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature awards the A.A. Phillips Award as occasion merits in recognition of outstanding contributions to Australian literary scholarship. Any member of the Association may make nominations to the executive at any time.' (Source: )


  • An occasional award to be made on the recommendation of the ASAL executive when a work or the work of an author is considered to merit attention as an outstanding contribution to Australian literature or literary studies.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2011

Dennis Haskell For his 'long period of excellence in the editing of Westerly'.
Delys Bird For her 'long period of excellence in the editing of Westerly'.

Year: 2007

winner Selina Samuels for her editorship of the four Australian volumes of The Dictionary of Literary Biography (Thompson Gale, 2001-2006).

Year: 2003

Elizabeth Webby For services to the teaching and reseach of Australian Literature.

Year: 1999

Anna Rutherford For services to Australian literature, particularly through Kunapipi and Dangeroo Press.

Year: 1998

winner C. B. Christesen for services to Australian literature particularly through Meanjin.

Works About this Award

'From Shanty to Shanti - Teaching Australian Literature in India' C. A. Cranston , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2009;
Earlier this year I undertook an Australian Studies Fellowship from the Australia-India Council to teach at the University of Madras, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. As a consequence, this paper aims to address areas suggested for discussion at the ASAL conference. The first part comments on ASAL topics such as the 'selling of Australian literature to the world'; the topic raises concerns for developing nations regarding the 'privileging of consumers' as text affordability and availability impacts on the OzLit research scope available to the local, Tamil Nadu, students. The paper then discusses the experiences encountered when Australian Literature is 'sold' and taught at an overseas institution. This second part will give examples of (an attempt to) 'Translate the local to the world', along with subsequent re-readings of canonical 19th c texts by Tamil students which challenge Anglo-centric assumptions. The paper will also discuss some reasons (why I think) indigenous writing is popular with Tamil students. All together, the paper is comprised of observations made during the application of pedagogical practices; but it concludes with a cautionary note concerning the academic value of selling Australian texts to 'the world'. Part of that caution is directed at institutional gatekeepers who will need to go beyond simply theorising about post-colonial interpretations of the text and instead be accepting of its praxis, where Australian texts will be transformed by unfamiliar cultural capital, and will seldom be controlled by its authors' historical or geographical frameworks.
ASAL Literary Awards Robert Dixon , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , October no. 41 1998; (p. 9-10)
ASAL Literary Awards 1995 : A.A. Phillips Award - 1995 : Awarded to Judith Wright 1995 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , October no. 35 1995; (p. 18)
Australian Literature: Notes : Literary Awards [Southerly, vol.47 no.4, December 1987] 1987 single work column
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 47 no. 4 1987; (p. 464)