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 and King's Colege in London, and the University of Edinburgh. Ken currently teaches courses in modern and contemporary literature, popular/genre fiction, Australian literature and global crime narratives. 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), The Subcultures Reader: Second Edition (Routledge, 2007) and New Directions in Popular Fiction (Palgrave, 2016). His book Adapting Bestsellers: Fantasy, Franchise and the Afterlife of Storyworlds will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020.

    Ken is also a co-director (with Denise Varney) of the Australian Centre in the Faculty of Arts. 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) as well as The Colonial Journals, and the emergence of Australian literary culture (University of Western Australia Publishing, 2014). His most recent book with Rachael Weaver is Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy (Sydney University Press, 2017). Their co-authored book The Col   


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Additional Grant Information

  • Global Popular Fiction awarded by Australian Research Council 2001-2003 (ARC ID A00103472 ) $106,900   


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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