Andrew L. McCann

Academic Appointments

Professor of English; Chair of the English Department

Studying literature as an undergraduate taught me to think outside of prevailing social and economic logics. It was a tremendously exciting undertaking. Whether I’m teaching Romanticism or contemporary experimental fiction, one of my goals is to reproduce the inherently critical impulse that lies at the heart of literary expression.

216 Sanborn
HB 6032
B.A. University of Melbourne
M.A. University of Melbourne
M.A. Cornell University
Ph.D. Cornell University

Selected Publications

Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Christos Tsiolkas and the Fiction of Critique: Politics, Obscenity, Celebrity (London: Anthem Press, 2015)

Marcus Clarke’s Bohemia: Literature and Modernity in Colonial Melbourne (Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, 2004).

Cultural Politics in the 1790s: Literature, Radicalism and the Public Sphere (London: Macmillan Press, 1999).

Subtopia (Melbourne: Vulgar Press, 2005). Turkish Translation (Istanbul: Versus Kitap, 2006).

The White Body of Evening (Sydney: HarperCollins Australia, 2002, 2003). Japanese Translation (Tokyo: Kokushokankokai, 2009).

"Walter Benjamin's Sex Work: Prostitution and the State of Exception," Textual Practice vol. 28, no.1 (February 2014): 99-120.

“Ruins, Refuse and the Politics of Allegory in The Old Curiosity Shop,” Nineteenth-Century Literature vol. 66, no. 2 (September 2011): 179-194.

"Discrepant Cosmopolitanism and Contemporary Fiction: Reading the Inhuman in Christos Tsiolkas’s Dead Europe and Roberto Bolaño’s 2666,Antipodes vol. 24, no. 2 (December 2010): 135-141.

“Henry Kendall’s Twofold Life: Sin, Shame and the Experience of Colonial Poetry,” Australian Literary Studies vol. 25, no. 3 (October 2010): 20-34.

“Christos Tsiolkas and the Pornographic Logic of Commodity Capitalism,” Australian Literary Studies vol. 25, no. 1 (May 2010): 31-41.

“Autochthony and Extinction in the Settler Colony: Henry Kendall's ‘Aboriginal Man’,” in David Carter  and Wang Guanglin eds. Modern Australian Criticism and Theory (Qingdao: China Ocean University Press, 2010): 50-60.

“The Eventfulness of Roberto Bolaño,” Overland 199 (Winter 2010): 74-79.

“Militancy and Melancholia,” Overland 192 (Spring 2008): 34-36.

“Professing the Popular: Political Fiction circa 2006,” Australian Literary Studies vol. 32, no. 2 (2007): 43-57.

“Colonial Nature-Inscription: on Haunted Landscapes,” in Helen Tiffin ed. Five Emus to the King of Siam: Environment and Empire (Rodopi: Amsterdam and New York, 2007): 71-83.

“Rosa Praed and the Vampire Aesthete,” Victorian Literature and Culture 35 (2007): 175-187.

“The International of Excreta: World Literature and its Other,” Overland 186 (Autumn 2007): 20-24.

“The Literature of Extinction,” Meanjin 65.1 (March 2006): 48-54.

“The Obstinacy of the Sacred,” Antipodes vol. 17, no.2 (December 2005): 152-158.

“Unknown Australia: Rosa Praed’s Vanished Race,” Australian Literary Studies vol. 22, no. 1 (2005): 37-50.

“The Savage Metropolis: Animism, Aesthetics and the Pleasures of a Vanished Race,” Textual Practice 17:2 (2003): 317-333. Republished in Short Story Criticism vol. 94 (New York: Thomson and Gale, 2007): 28-36.

“Textual Phantasmagoria: Marcus Clarke, Light Literature and the Colonial Uncanny,” Australian Literary Studies vol. 21, no. 2 (October 2003): 138-150. Republished in Short Story Criticism vol. 94 (New York: Thomson and Gale, 2007): 20-28.

“Bohemia and the Dream-Life of the Colonial City,” Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature vol. 1 (2002): 4-18.

“Romanticism, Nationalism and the Mythology of the Popular in William Lane’s The Workingman’s Paradise,” Journal of Australian Studies 70 (2001): 1-12.

“Humanism After Auschwitz: Reflections on Jean Améry’s Freitod,” Angelaki vol. 6, no. 3. (December 2001): 71-81.

“Romantic Self-Fashioning: John Thelwall and the Science of Elocution,” Studies in Romanticism vol. 40, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 215-232.

“Romantic Nationalism and the Descent into Myth: William Lane’s The Workingman’s Paradise,” in Philip Mead (ed.), Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century (Hobart: Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2001): 181-188.

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Works in progress

A Theory of the Middlebrow