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Gelder, Ken 1955-

Gelder, Ken 1955-

(Ken D. Gelder)

PERSONAL: Born May 17, 1955, in England; Australian citizen; son of C.E. (a shopkeeper) and J.E. (a secretary) Gelder; married Hannah Rother, November 14, 1982; children: Christian, Julian. Ethnicity: "Anglo-Australian." Education: Flinders University of South Australia, B.A. (with honors), 1981; Stirling University, Ph.D., 1985. Politics: Social Democrat. Religion: Anglican. Hobbies and other interests: Music.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of English, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, reader, beginning 1989, now professor of English.


(Editor) Robert Louis Stevenson, The Scottish Stories and Essays, Edinburgh University Press (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1989.

(With Paul Salzman) The New Diversity: Australian Fiction, 1970–88, McPhee Gribble (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1989.

Atomic Fiction: The Novels of David Ireland, University of Queensland Press (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), 1993.

Reading the Vampire, Routledge (London, England), 1995.

(Editor) The Oxford Book of Australian Ghost Stories, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1995.

(Editor, with Sarah Thornton) The Subcultures Reader, Routledge (London, England), 1996, 2nd edition, 2005.

(With Jane M. Jacobs) Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation, Melbourne University Press (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 1999.

(Editor) The Horror Reader, Routledge (London, England), 2000.

Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practice of a Literary Field, Routledge (New York, NY), 2005.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A book about subcultures; a book on contemporary Australian fiction.

SIDELIGHTS: Ken Gelder once told CA: "My interests are in popular culture and postcolonial issues; as an Australian, the latter are of particular interest to me. Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation resulted from a sense that Australia was—and still is—in a very strange postcolonial predicament, which we tried to diagnose."

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