Professor Anne Pender

Professor, School of Arts

Anne Pender

Phone: +61 2 6773 3248

Email: anne.pender@une.edu.au

Biography

Anne Pender is Professor of English and Theatre Studies and Australian Research Council Future Fellow. A Menzies Scholar to Harvard University and graduate of the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales, Anne taught Australian literature at King's College London in 2002-03 and was Visiting Distinguished Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2011. Anne's  books include Christina Stead: Satirist (2002), Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright (2008), One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries (2010) and From a Distant Shore (2013).

Qualifications

BA (Hons) (ANU), GradDip (Macquarie), EdM (Harvard), PhD (UNSW)

Memberships

Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Australasian Drama Studies Association

Consultancy Interests

Recent Projects

Member of the National Advisory Board AustLit 2015

Member Reading Australia Educational Steering Group 2012 - Ongoing

Australian National Data Service Research Grant 2015, Digital Futures in the Arts:  Discovering and Preserving Australian Plays, The Campbell Howard Collection

Anne was DEEWR Visiting Distinguished Professor in Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2011-12

Australian Research Council Discovery Project 2008-2010 'Reverse Diaspora: Australian Expatriate Writers in Britain since the 1830's' 

Australian Research Council Discovery Project 2007-2009 'A Study of Australia's most popular internationally-known comedian, Barry Humphries'

Australian Television Drama

Teaching Areas

English, Theatre and Performance, and Writing.

Research Interests

Contemporary Australian literature, theatre and performance; Twentieth century Australian literature, theatre and performance; Writing for television; British modernism.

Anne is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2011-2015 and is working on a project on Australian actors 'Players: The Lives and Work of the Actors Who Created the National Theatre of Australia 1950-2012'.

Publications

Recent Publications

Anne Pender book covers 

Good Works: An Introduction, in Good Works, by Nick Enright, Currency Press, Sydney, pp. vii-xiii, 2015.

‘Worlds Within: Hayes Gordon, Zika Nester, Henri Szeps and the Transformtions of Australian Theatre’, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 15, 3, pp. 1-12, 2015.

Actors and Heroes:  My Brother Jack and the Great War on Television, Metro Magazine, No 184, Autumn 2015, pp. 96-101.

Portraits of Actors:  Elspeth Ballantyne, Julia Blake and the Challenges of Biography, About Performance, No 13, 2015, pp.165-182, 2015.

'Eat, Pray, Laugh!': Barry Humphries, Reg Livermore and Cross-dressed Australian Burlesque, Australasian Drama Studies, Vol 63, October, pp. 69-83, 2013.

From a Distant Shore: Australian writers in Britain 1820-2012, by Bruce Bennett and Anne Pender, Monash University Publishing, 2013.

'Kerry Walker, Patrick White and the Faces of Australian Modernism', Coolabah (9), p. 75-87, 2012.

One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries, ABC Books, 2010.

"The Rude Rudiments of Satire‚: Barry Humphries‚ Humour", A Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, ed. Peter Kirkpatrick and Fran de Groen, UQP, pp. 189-201, 2009.

Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright, co-edited with Susan Lever, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York, 2008.

"Nick Enright: A Life in Theatre", Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright. ed Anne Pender and Susan Lever, Amsterdam/New York, pp. 17-26, 2008.

"Summer Rain: Sweet Nostalgia", (co-authored with Susan Lever) Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright. ed Anne Pender and Susan Lever, Amsterdam/New York, pp. 173-184, 2008.

"Modernist Madonnas: Dororthy Todd, Madge Garland and Virginia Woolf", in Women's History Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 519-533, 2007.

Christina Stead Satirist, Common Ground, Melbourne, 2002.