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Biography

Ba (Hons) first class from the University of Sydney (1991) and PhD from the University of Sydney 1997, Dissertation "Figurations of the Grotesque in Menippean Satire"

Author of four books of poetry: To Thalia (Five Islands, 2004), On Reflection (Interactive, 2005), Watermark (Picaro, 2006), Phantom Limb (2010) and Concrete Tuesday (2011). To Thalia was commended for the Anne Elder Award and Phantom Limb was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Prize and the Adelaide Festival John Bray Poetry Prizes and was awarded the Grace leven Prize for Poetry in 2011.

Author of one novel, Glissando: A Melodrama (Sleepers 2010), which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing.

Individual poems have either won or been shortlisted for the following prizes: The Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, The Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize, The Broadway (Poets Union) Poetry Prize, The Sidney Nolan Gallery Poetry Prize, The Henry Lawson Poetry Prize, The FAW John Shaw Neilson Poetry Prize, The Alec Bolton Poetry Prize and The Somerset Poetry Prize.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 24/02/1998
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney, 31/12/1991

Research

Research keywords

  • Australian Poetry
  • David Ireland
  • John Kinsella
  • Les Murray
  • Menippean Satire
  • Norman Lindsay
  • Patrick White

Research expertise

I am currently researching contemporary Australian poetry. I have published on modern Australian novelists such as Patrick White, David Ireland and Norman Lindsay. I have also published on Samuel Beckett. A particular area of focus is the grotesque in art and literature as well as satire, specifically Menippean satire.

Languages

  • French
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200502Australian Literature (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Literature)50
200500Literary Studies25
200525Literary Theory25

Memberships

Australian Council Grant

  • Recipient - New Work grant

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Poets Union Inc
  • Member - Australian Poetry Limited
  • Member - Australian Society of Authors
  • Member - Australian Publishers Association

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Puncher & Wattmann Pty Ltd

Appointments

Board Member
Australian Poetry Limited (Australia)
01/01/2010
Treasurer
Poets Union Inc (Australia)
01/01/2002 - 01/10/2010

Awards

Recognition.

2012Prime Minister's Award for Fiction
The Ministry for the Arts (Federal) (Australia)
Shortlisting for this award, which is the biggest in the country, is very prestigious
2011UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
NSW Ministry for the Arts (Australia)
Shortlising for Premier's Awards for literature is very highly regarded
2011Western Australian premier's Prize for Poetry
Western Australian Ministry for ther Arts (Australia)
Shortlising for Premier's Awards for literature is very highly regarded
2011Adelaide Festival John Bray Prize for Poetry
Adelaide Festival/South Australian Ministry for the Arts (Australia)
Shortlising for Premier's Awards for literature is very highly regarded
2008The Newcastle Poetry Prize
The Hunter Writers Centre (Australia)
The Newcastle Poetry Prize is the most prestigious award for a single poem or suite of poems in Australia

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Australian Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Grotesque
  • Menippean Satire
  • Romantic Literature
  • Satire
  • Victorian Literature

Teaching expertise

I currently teach Creative Writing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also teach Romantic Literature and Victorian Literature. I have experience in teaching Australian Literature, Modernism, Literary Theory, Analytical Reading and Writing Skills, Rhetorical Studies, Gothic Fiction and contemporary Australian Poetry.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Musgrave DB, 'David Foster: Satirist of Australia by Susan Lever', Australian Book Review (2010) [D1]
2010Musgrave DB, Phantom Limb, Melbourne, VIC (2010) [J1]

Current international developments in poetry have tended toward downplaying the significance of the lyric in favour of foregrounding the poem as a linguistic artefact which is relatively autonomous from its referents. In doings so, it is possible that the lyric form, with its rich history of thousands of years, could be left behind. This research returns to the lyric form and explores those possibilities still untapped in it. Phantom Limb consists of lyric poems which are concerned with the theme of water and with the way in which the past influences the present. According to Geoff Page, the work ‘studiously avoids standard poetic fare, preferring to zero in on those few things other poets haven’t quite got around to yet’ (2010) while Martin Duwell states that ‘the fact that it never foregrounds [its twin obsessions of water and the shadow the past casts] in any way that appears poetically predictable means that within the consistency is a lot of variety. As a result, it is a really impressive book coming to the truth of things – like Montaigne on his horse – on its own, distinctive pathways.’ This achievement of newness and avoidance of predictability is a significant demonstration of the relevance of the lyric in contemporary poetry. The significance of this research is that it suggests new possibilities for the lyric form. It was awarded The Grace Leven Prize for Poetry (2011) and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival John Bray Poetry Prize and the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Poetry (2011).

2010Musgrave DB, Glissando: A Melodrama, Melbourne, VIC (2010) [J1]

Research background Much current Australian fiction is written within a realistic tradition, seeking to explore aspects of Australia’s past: examples include Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, Stephen Daisley’s Traitor. Glissando sets out to interrogate the links between realism as a literary mode and ‘official history’ through the literary techniques of parody and satire. Research contribution Glissando is a Menippean satire, a form which has roots going back over 2,000 years to the Ancient Greeks. It is a form characterised by ‘radical heterogeneity’ (Musgrave 2013, 22) and in the case of Glissando, the bildungsroman, the diaristic and epistolary novel, the novel of ideas, plays, poems and newspaper articles are interwoven into a heterogeneous whole. The novel also contains within it an extended parody of Patrick White’s Voss. As such, the novel parodies ‘the great Australian novel’, and in so doing it interrogates a number of assumptions prevalent in realist fiction. One of these is that the work is ‘is highly suspicious of the masks we wear, and of the impossibility of putting on a true face for the world’ (Williamson). In this regard, the novel is an examination of play as something that is necessary, serious and comic at the same time. Brian McHale has stated that ‘postmodernist fiction is the heir of Menippean satire and its most recent historical avatar’ (McHale 172-73).By returning to the ancient form of Menippean satire, Glissando reassess the relevance of postmodernist fiction as a means to interrogate modern individual and national identity. Research significance Glissando is a significant work, one of less than a handful of Menippean satires in Australian literature. It’s critical reception was very good, with the novel singled out for praise by many critics. Its value is attested to by its shortlisting for the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction in 2011 and for the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the same year.

Publications

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Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Musgrave DB, 'Australian Poetry Since 1788 ed. Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray', Southerly, 72 263-267 (2012) [C3]
2012Musgrave DB, 'Australian poetry since 1788', Southerly, 72 263-267 (2012) [C3]

Review (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Musgrave DB, 'David Foster: Satirist of Australia by Susan Lever', Australian Book Review (2010) [D1]
2010Musgrave DB, 'Reflective master of form is seizing the day', The Australian (2010) [O1]

Creative Work (41 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Musgrave DB, On The Inevitable Decline into Mediocrity of the Popular Musician Who Attains a Comfortable Middle Age, Boston (2014)
2013Musgrave DB, Coastline, Collingwood (2013) [J2]
2013Musgrave DB, Four Poems from 'Anatomy of Voice', Australia (2013) [J2]
2013Musgrave DB, The marquess of Bristol, Watsrel, 1954-1999, Australia (2013) [J2]
2012Musgrave DB, Coastline, Hunter Writers' Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012Musgrave DB, Curtains, Snorkel, Mosman, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012Musgrave DB, Minneapolis, Azul Press, Maastricht, Netherlands (2012) [J2]
2012Musgrave DB, Skimming Stone, Azul Press, Maastricht, Netherlands (2012) [J2]
2012Musgrave DB, Medusa, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Notes to Lagoon, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Tears, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Young Montaigne Goes Riding, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, A Glass of Water, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Skimming Stone, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Velocity, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Phantom Limb, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, The Dead (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Minneapolis, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, To Thalia, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Lagoon, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Phantom Limb, Sydney/Keiv (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Autoakhotic, Monroe Louisianna (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Reading Laurie Duggan in the Shanghai New Zhen Jiang Restaurant, Macao (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Musgrave DB, The Marquess of Bristol, Wastrel 1954-1999, Melbourne (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Hospital, Melbourne (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Watermark, Glebe (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Ripples, Glebe (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Seaweed (2012)
2012Musgrave DB, Lagoon, Macao (2012)
2011Musgrave DB, Concrete Tuesday, Glebe, NSW, Australia (2011) [J1]
2011Musgrave DB, The Baby Boomers (2011)
2011Musgrave DB, Open Water, ULM Press/Turnrow Books (2011)
2011Musgrave DB, Lagoon, Putney, NSW (2011)
2011Musgrave DB, Reading Laurie Duggan in the Shanghai New Zhen Jiang Restaurant (2011)
2010Musgrave DB, Phantom Limb, Melbourne, VIC (2010) [J1]

Current international developments in poetry have tended toward downplaying the significance of the lyric in favour of foregrounding the poem as a linguistic artefact which is relatively autonomous from its referents. In doings so, it is possible that the lyric form, with its rich history of thousands of years, could be left behind. This research returns to the lyric form and explores those possibilities still untapped in it. Phantom Limb consists of lyric poems which are concerned with the theme of water and with the way in which the past influences the present. According to Geoff Page, the work ‘studiously avoids standard poetic fare, preferring to zero in on those few things other poets haven’t quite got around to yet’ (2010) while Martin Duwell states that ‘the fact that it never foregrounds [its twin obsessions of water and the shadow the past casts] in any way that appears poetically predictable means that within the consistency is a lot of variety. As a result, it is a really impressive book coming to the truth of things – like Montaigne on his horse – on its own, distinctive pathways.’ This achievement of newness and avoidance of predictability is a significant demonstration of the relevance of the lyric in contemporary poetry. The significance of this research is that it suggests new possibilities for the lyric form. It was awarded The Grace Leven Prize for Poetry (2011) and shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival John Bray Poetry Prize and the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Poetry (2011).

2010Musgrave DB, Glissando: A Melodrama, Melbourne, VIC (2010) [J1]

Research background Much current Australian fiction is written within a realistic tradition, seeking to explore aspects of Australia’s past: examples include Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, Stephen Daisley’s Traitor. Glissando sets out to interrogate the links between realism as a literary mode and ‘official history’ through the literary techniques of parody and satire. Research contribution Glissando is a Menippean satire, a form which has roots going back over 2,000 years to the Ancient Greeks. It is a form characterised by ‘radical heterogeneity’ (Musgrave 2013, 22) and in the case of Glissando, the bildungsroman, the diaristic and epistolary novel, the novel of ideas, plays, poems and newspaper articles are interwoven into a heterogeneous whole. The novel also contains within it an extended parody of Patrick White’s Voss. As such, the novel parodies ‘the great Australian novel’, and in so doing it interrogates a number of assumptions prevalent in realist fiction. One of these is that the work is ‘is highly suspicious of the masks we wear, and of the impossibility of putting on a true face for the world’ (Williamson). In this regard, the novel is an examination of play as something that is necessary, serious and comic at the same time. Brian McHale has stated that ‘postmodernist fiction is the heir of Menippean satire and its most recent historical avatar’ (McHale 172-73).By returning to the ancient form of Menippean satire, Glissando reassess the relevance of postmodernist fiction as a means to interrogate modern individual and national identity. Research significance Glissando is a significant work, one of less than a handful of Menippean satires in Australian literature. It’s critical reception was very good, with the novel singled out for praise by many critics. Its value is attested to by its shortlisting for the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction in 2011 and for the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the same year.

2010Musgrave DB, Machine Code, Victoria (2010) [J2]
2010Musgrave DB, Phantom Limb, Glebe (2010) [J2]
2010Musgrave DB, On the Inevitable Decline Into Mediocrity of the Popular Musician Who Attains a Comfortable Middle Age, New York, United States of America (2010) [J2]
2010Musgrave DB, Open Water, Glebe (2010) [J2]
2010Musgrave DB, Homecoming, Australia (2010) [J2]
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Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Musgrave DB, 'Seeking the Sun', Seeking the Sun ( pp.1-5). Gosford, NSW: Central Coast Poets Inc (2012) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$6,500

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2010 (2 grants)

David Musgrave New Staff Grant 2010$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor David Musgrave
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020102010
GNo:G1000887

Patrick White: Modernist Impact, Critical futures, Senate House, University of London, 23 - 25 June 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor David Musgrave
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000600
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions11
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.65
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL3.3

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152019PhD (English)Principal SupervisorHow is Performance Writing Evolving in Oceania?
20152019PhD (English)Principal SupervisorThe Fin(n)ish Line: Cultural Identity Formation in Second Generation Australians
20152019PhD (English)Principal SupervisorRepresentations of Celtic Fairy Lore in Young Adult Fantasy Novels
20132014PhD (English)Co-SupervisorThe Moment of Transformation: Women, Animals and Power Within Revisionist Fairy Tales
20132016PhD (English)Co-SupervisorFriend Me: a Young Adult Science Fiction Novel Exploring the Social Media Other
20122014M Philosophy (English)Principal SupervisorThe Expressionist
20112015PhD (English)Co-SupervisorWatermark: a Liminal Approach to Autobiographical Short Fiction
20112015PhD (English)Co-SupervisorThe 'Legless' Novel Project
20112013PhD (English)Co-SupervisorThe Weight of a Human Heart
20102014PhD (English)Co-SupervisorSurface Inscriptions: Implications of the Postmodern in William Gibson's Future Worlds
20082012M Philosophy (English)Co-SupervisorLiving Like Common People
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Dr David Musgrave

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PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEnglish
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/david-musgrave