A/PROF David Bennett

A/PROF David Bennett


  • Comparative literature studies
  • Cultural and political history of psychoanalysis
  • Postcolonialism and globalisation in literature and culture: multiculturalism and postcolonial theory
  • Sexuality, economics and political philosophy



  • Research Interests

    Theories and cultural practices of modernism and postmodernism;the politics and aesthetics of art censorship;the cultural and political history of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory;the interactions of economics and sexual psychology since the 18th Century; postmodern music and musicology.


    David Bennett gained his BA and DPhil degrees in English and literary theory in the UK. He was founding director of the Interdepartmental Cultural Studies program at the University of Melbourne and his teaching interests continue to span the fields of literary studies and cultural history and theory. 

    His current research interests are in three main areas: music and postmodernism; postcolonial studies; and the cultural, political and economic history of psychoanalysis. He is an editor of the Routledge journal Postcolonial Studies, editorial board member of Hawaii University Press' Writing Past Colonialism monograph series, a contributing editor of The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies (Routledge) and he has held a South African Government-funded fellowship at Durban-Westville University (Durban, S.A.), where he contributed to a multi-university research project on contemporary African life-writing after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    His research on the political and cultural history of psychoanalysis has taken him to St Petersburg where he recorded interviews with psychoanalysts and scholars that formed the basis of two ABC Radio National programs on the political history of psychoanalysis in the USSR and Russia, as well some controversial publications. He recently completed a three-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project on contemporary music and postmodern cultural theory, and is currently undertaking another three-year ARC DP on the history of 'libidinal economy', writing a book provisional   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • DPhil, University of York 1981
  • BA, University of York 1970



Available for supervision

  • Y