PROF Ken Gelder

PROF Ken Gelder


  • Australian & indigenous literatures & cultures
  • Australian literature
  • Colonial and postcolonial issues
  • Cultural politics
  • Genre fiction
  • History & analysis of popular culture;
  • Lifestyle
  • Postcolonialism & globalisation in literature and culture;
  • Subcultures



  • Ken Gelder is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has been a visiting fellow at University College, London, and the University of Edinburgh. Ken currently teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature, popular/genre fiction, Australian literature and subcultural studies. His books include Reading the Vampire (Routledge, 1994), Uncanny Australia: Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (with Jane M. Jacobs: Melbourne University Press MUP, 1998), Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (Routlegde, 2004), Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice (Routledge, 2007) and New Vampire Cinema (British Film Institute, 2012). He is also editor of The Horror Reader (Routledge, 2000) and The Subcultures Reader: Second Edition (Routledge, 2007).

    Ken is also a co-director (with Denise Varney) of the Australian Centre, in the School of Culture and Communication.  He is co-author (with Paul Salzman) of two Australian literary histories - The New Diversity: Australian Fiction 1970-1988 (McPhee Gribble, 1989) and After the Celebration: Australian Fiction 1989-2007 (MUP, 2009) - and co-editor (with Rachael Weaver) of four anthologies of colonial popular fiction, covering the Gothic, crime fiction, romance and adventure (all published by MUP). His most recent Australian book, co-edited and compiled with Rachael Weaver, is The Colonial Journals, and the emergence of Australian literary culture (University of Western Australia Publishing, 2014). With Rachael Weaver, Ken is currently working on an ARC-funded research project (2014-16) titled Populating the Nation: A Genealogy of Colonial Australian Character Types .

    Ken is on the editorial boards of the following journals: Gothic Studies , Australian Humanities Review , Adaptations , antiTHESIS   


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Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Stirling 1985
  • MA, Flinders University of South Australia 1981
  • BA (Hons), Flinders University of South Australia 1976



Available for supervision

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