Dr Carolyn Masel - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

Carolyn Masel's central area of interest is poetry in English, especially contemporary and modern poetry, but she has also published on short fiction and novels that make use of poetic techniques. Other areas of expertise include nineteenth-, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature; twentieth-century and contemporary Australian literature; twentieth-century and contemporary Canadian literature.


Phone :(03) 9953 3562 (Melbourne)
Email :carolyn.masel@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

American Literature ; Australian Literature ; Modern Poetry ; Recent & Contemporary Poetry ; Canadian Literature in English ; Nineteenth-century Literature ; Twentieth-century Literature ; Writing about cities ;

Methods Expertise

historically/theoretically informed close reading ; inspection of poetic strategy or method ; comparison across genres and countries of origin ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


with Matthew Ryan: Place, History and Story: Tony Birch and the Yarra River, in Australian Literary Studies vol. 31, no. 2

W. B. Yeats's Poetry of Violence, in Yeats 150 / William Butler Yeats 1865-1939: Essays in Commemoration of the 150 Anniversary of His Birth, 13 June 1865


"Want to go down and see if the Lake's still there?": Custom and Resistance in Alice Munro's DANCE OF THE HAPPY SHADES, in Etudes Canadiennes/Canadian Studies: Revue interdisciplinaire des ??tudes canadiennes en France, 77 (2014). 65-75.

Closure, Completion and Memory in Harland's Half Acre: Phil's Story, in Journal of the Association for the study of Australian Literature, 14:2 (2014). 1-10.


3 poems [Near the Far-Sighted Eyeball of God], in Eureka Street


Wandering the Dream City: Memory, Self and the World in Golden Builders and Other Poems, in Journal of the Association for the study of Australian Literature

Teaching 'Dorothy's Skin', in Learning, Teaching and Social Justice in Higher Education


Keener Sounds: Stevens, Intimacy, and Gender Politics, in Wallace Stevens Journal (print version)


Poet of Comrades: Walt Whitman and the Bolton Whitman Fellowship, in Special Relationships: Anglo-American Affinities and Antagonisms 1854-1936

Receding Shores that Never Touch with Inarticulate Pang': Stevens and the Language of Touch, in The Wallace Stevens Journal

Introduction to the Microfilm Edition, in The Walt Whitman Collection

Other information

I have successfully supervised PhD theses on the poetry of American Poet Laureate Charles Wright (Principal Supervisor) and gender and sexuality in contemporary Australian fiction (Principal Supervisor). I welcome the opportunity to supervise further postgraduate students in my areas of interest and expertise.

Since its inauguration in 2013, I have served on the judging panel for the ACU Poetry Prize and edited the ensuing limited-edition chapbooks: A Sudden Presence (Fitzroy: ACU, 2013; ISBN 978-1-922097-17-0); The Language of Compassion (Fitzroy: ACU, 2014; ISBN 978-1-022-97-28-6); and Peace, Tolerance and Understanding (Fitzroy: ACU, 2015; ISBN 978-1-922097-34-7. In 2015, I was the second adjudicator for the national Yeats Poetry Prize and in 2016, I am the chief adjudicator.