FALS: Colin Roderick Lecture 1989: Jennifer Strauss
Stop Laughing! I'm Being Serious: Three Studies in Seriousness and Wit in Contemporary Australian Poetry by Jennifer Strauss, 1989. Also recorded as Monograph No 21.
The Colin Roderick Lectures, sponsored by the Townsville Foundation for Australian Literary Studies, are delivered annually by a distinguished Australian writer or academic at James Cook University, and subsequently published by the Foundation. The series is named for Emeritus Professor Colin Roderick, Foundation Professor of English at James Cook University and distinguished Lawson scholar.
Jennifer Strauss, the 1989 Lecturer, is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University, where her teaching and research are divided between Medieval and Australian Literature. She coedited the anthology Middle English Verse: A Selection and she is currently completing a book on the poetry of Gwen Harwood for the Studies in Australian Literature Series. She has published three collections of poetry: Children and Other Strangers (1975); Winter Driving, (1981) and Labour Ward (1988) and her poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies since 1967. She has served as a judge for the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry and was the 1989 Chair of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Committee.