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Associate Professor Jenny Lawn PhD, MA

Head of School of English and Media Studies

School of English and Media Studies

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 09 414 0800 ext 43337
    Location: AT 2.34, Atrium Building
    Campus: Auckland

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of British Columbia (1997)
  • Master of Arts - University of British Columbia (1991)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Narrative theory
  • Kiwi Gothic
  • Gender theory
  • Representations of trauma in literature and film
  • Contemporary New Zealand literary and cultural studies
  • New Zealand writers’ response to the era of neoliberalism as a cultural and economic phenomenon

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cultural Studies (200200): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Maori Literature (200504): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505): Postcolonial Studies (200211)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Research Outputs

Journal

Hansen, H., & Lawn, JM. (2017). Fangs, freaks and feminism: Female Masochism in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. Aeternum: The Journal of Contemporary Gothic Studies. 4(1), 28-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J. (2017). Precarity: A Short Literary History, from Colonial Slum to Cosmopolitan Precariat. Interventions. 19(7), 1026-1040
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J., Bortolotto, MC., Worthington, K., & Meek, A. (2016). Introduction: The limits of responsibility. Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities. 14(2), 1-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Bortolotto, M., Lawn, J., Meek, A., Worthington, K.
Lawn, JM., & Prentice, C. (2015). Introduction: Neoliberal culture/The cultures of neoliberalism. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. 12(1), 1-29
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2013). Revisiting 'fiction and the social pattern' in the era of social death. Journal of New Zealand Literature. 31(2), 95-121
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J. (1995). Our Bodies Their Selves: Gender, Language, and Knowledge in Chapter Seventeen of Cat's Eye. Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory. 6(3-4), 269-283
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J. (2011). Neoliberalism and the politics of indigenous community in the fiction of Alan duff and Witi Ihimaera. Social Semiotics. 21(1), 85-99
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J. (2010). Badlands and borderlands: Self-determination and the limits of intercultural negotiation in the fiction of patricia grace and alice Tawhai. Australian Literary Studies. 25(4), 1-16
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J. (2010). 11 views of Auckland: Soft-boiled in Ponsonby: The topographies of murder in the crime fiction of Charlotte Grimshaw and Alix Bosco. Social and Cultral Studies. 10, 105-120
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2006). From the spectral to the ghostly: Postcolonial gothic and New Zealand literature. Australasian Canadian Studies. 24(2), 143-169
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2008). Settler society and postcolonial apologies in Australia and New Zeland. Sites: A journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. 5(1), 20-40
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2010). Capitalism for new entrants : Rogernomics and the literary critique of neoliberalism. Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures and Societies. 1(1), 45-55
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM., & Beatty, B. (2005). Getting to Wellywood: National branding and the globalisation of the New Zealand film industry. Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. 24, 122-139
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2004). Scarfies, Dunedin gothic, and the spirit of capitalism. Journal of New Zealand Literature. 22, 124-140
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2003). Born under the sign of Joan: Margaret Atwood's Lady Oracle, mommie dearest, and the uses of maternal ambivalence. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering. 5(1), 33-44
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2011). Reading Pakeha? Fiction and identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 47(2), 252-253
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J. (2010). Takapuna domestics. Journal of New Zealand Literature. 28, 137-147
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2009). Afterword: Mixing things up in the business of the arts. Aesthesis. 3(1), 35-36
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2009). The role of artists in society: An interview with NZTrio. Aesthesis. 3(1), 30-34
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2008). Review: The viewing platform, by Ian Wedde. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 44(2), 216-217
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2007). Mythmaking, mythbreaking. Landfall. 213, 197-203
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2005). Bags of actuality, a book review of 'After the fireworks: A life of David Ballantyne'. JNZL: Journal of New Zealand Literature. 23(2), 92-100
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2003). Simone Oettli-van Delden, a book review of Surfaces of Strangeness: Janet Frame and the rhetoric of madness. World Literature Written in English. 39(2), 140-143
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2003). Avoiding the cookie-cutter, a book review of 'Manifold Utopia: The Novels of Janet Frame'. New Zealand Books. 13(3), 14
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2003). A book review of 'Surfaces of strangeness: Janet Frame and the rhetoric of madness'. World Literature Written in English. 39(2), 140-143
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2002). Domesticating settler gothic in New Zealand literature. New Literatures Review. 38, 46-62
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2000). A life fulfilled. Kite: Newsletter of the Association of New Zealand Literature. 19, 9-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Lawn, J.

Book

Lawn, J. (2018). Genre fiction since 1950: Crime fiction, dystopia, science fiction, and fantasy. In The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 12: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950. (pp. 466 - 480).
[Chapter]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM., & Prentice, C. (2015). Neoliberal culture/the cultures of neoliberalism. JM. Lawn, & C. Prentice (Eds.) (Vol. 12) : Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa New Zealand
[Scholarly edition]Authored by: Lawn, J.Edited by: Lawn, J.
Allen, N., Beausoleil, E., Bignall, S., Meek, A., Meffan, J., & Pino-Ojeda, W. (2015). The limits of responsibility. J. Lawn, MC. Bortolotto, K. Worthington, & A. Meek (Eds.) (Vol. 4) ,on-line: Anthony Burke University of Adelaide (Australia)
[Scholarly edition]Authored by: Meek, A.Edited by: Bortolotto, M., Lawn, J., Meek, A., Worthington, K.
Lawn, J.(2015). Neoliberalism and cultural transition in New Zealand literature, 1984-2008: Market fictions. : Lexington Books
[Authored Book]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2009). Playing with freud: radical narcissism and intertextuality in frame's intensive care and daughter buffalo. In J. Cronin, & S. Drichel (Eds.) Frameworks: Contemporary Criticism on Janet Frame. (pp. 25 - 47). The Netherlands: Rodopi B.V. Amsterdam-New York
[Chapter]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2009). What the Dickens: Storytelling and intertextuality in Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip. In A. Jackson, & J. Stafford (Eds.) Floating Worlds. (pp. 142 - 163). Wellington, NZ: Victoria University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM., & Beatty, B. (2006). 'On the brink of a new threshold of opportunity': The Lord of the Rings and New Zealand cultural policy. In E. Mathijs (Ed.) The Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context. (pp. 43 - 60). London, UK: Wallflower Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Kavka, M., Lawn, J., & Paul, M. (Eds.) (2006). Gothic NZ: The darker side of kiwi culture. Dunedin, NZ: Otago University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2006). Warping the familiar. In M. Kavka, J. Lawn, & M. Paul (Eds.) Gothic NZ: The Darker Side of Kiwi Culture. (pp. 11 - 21). Dunedin, NZ: Otago University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2006). Creativity inc.: Globalizing the cultural imaginary in New Zealand. In CAB. Joseph, & J. Wilson (Eds.) Global Fissures: Postcolonial Fusions. (pp. 225 - 245). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Rodopi
[Chapter]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2005). Arts, culture and heritage. E. Rimoldi, J. Lawn, N. Lunt, & GM. Eds (Eds.)Auckland, NZ: Massey University, School of Social and Cultural Studies
[Monograph]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2005). The word as remnant: Margaret Atwood and Janet Frame. In C. Gibson, & L. Marr (Eds.) New Windows on a Woman's World: Essays for Jocelyn Harris: Volume 2. (pp. 385 - 401). Dunedin, NZ: University of Otago, Department of English
[Chapter]Authored by: Lawn, J.
O'Brien, MA., Rimoldi, EC., Lawn, JM., Te Momo, FH., & Lunt, NT. (2005). What kind of New Zealand do we want to build? Towards an inclusive social policy. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University
[Monograph]Authored by: Lawn, J., Te Momo, O.
Kavka, M., Lawn, J., & Paul, M. (Eds.)Gothic NZ: The darker side of kiwi culture. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: Lawn, J.

Conference

Lawn, JM.The short revolution: Rolling back modernity. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.Paul Cleave’s joyless avengers and the resurgence of the obscene father. . Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.Filiation and affiliation: Reclaimed ethnicities and carceral selves in “post-settlement” New Zealand literature. . St Andrews, Scotland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.Antigone as male hysteria: Pākehā settler masculinity and the spectacular corpse in Carl Nixon’s settlers’ creek. . Dunedin, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.“Start with the darkness and paint in the light”: Settler “identity cards” and clandestine desires in Canada and New Zealand. . Seattle, WA
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2012, July). Revisiting "Fiction and the Social Pattern" in the Era of Social Death. Presented at New Zealand's Cultures: Histories, Sources, Futures. Birkbeck College, University of London.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.Reconciliation Discourses and Transgenerational Settler Memory.. . Paris, France
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2012, July). Reconciliation discourses and transgenerational settler memory. Presented at 9th International Crossroads in Cultural Studies. Paris, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2012, December). Whose Story Counts? Patterns in the Social Novel in New Zealand Literature post 1984. Presented at The Limits of Responsibility: Histories, Species, Politics.. Massey University, Palmerston North..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM., & Liu, K. (2011, November). At home with the enemy: family bonds and traumatic affect in the 9/11 fiction of Don DeLillo and Lorrie Moore. Presented at Postcolonial Studies Research Network Conference. Dunedin, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2011, September). The decline and fall of Lange's empire: syncope and post-nationalist alienation in Damien Wilkins' The Fainter. Presented at Man Alone. Victoria University, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2011, June 29). Neoliberal Dystopias: John Cranna's Arena and Rosie Scott's Feral City. (pp. 1 - 7). , POPCAANZ
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J.(2010). Enigmatic signifiers and the reproduction of intra-familial violence in Christos Tsiolkas' novel: The Slap. . University of Otago, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2009, June). Branding the landscape. Presented at The New Exotic? Postcolonialism and Globalization. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2009). Maori literature and the impossibility of neoliberal community. . Cardiff University, Wales UK
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2009). Life in the contact zone: practising a postcolonising national identity. . Sheffield Hallam University, UK
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2009). Traumatising the gothic. . Lancaster University, Lancaster UK
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2008). Traumatic dead-ends. In Proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia National Conference (CSAA)(pp. 59 - 59). : CSAA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2008). Traumatic dead-ends. . Kalgoorile, WA
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2008). Trafficking in culture: Developing a local framework for the political economy of culture. . Wellington, NZ
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2008). Trauma theory, settler gothic, and the sexual abuse of children in contemporary New Zealand fiction. . Perth, WA
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2005). Postcolonial Bloomsbury: The writers' residency dispute of 1990.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2004, September). New Zealand cultural policy studies? Lessons from Australia. Presented at 2004 Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand Conference. Walsh Bay, Sydney, NSW.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM., & Beatty, B. (2003, June). Selling Middle Earth: New Zealand as globalised mythic space in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Presented at 10th Annual Day Conference of the New Zealand Studies Association. London, UK.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2003). Mapping the postcolonial uncanny.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2003). Riding the whale: Transnational capital and the New Zealand film industry.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2001, June). Gothic down under: the southern(most) Gothic and Dunedin. Presented at Gothic Cults and Cultures. Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia....
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2001, June). Born under the sign of Joan: Margaret Atwood's Lady Oracle , Mommie Dearest, and mother-daughter rage. Presented at Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand Regional Conference: Canada in New Zealand. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM.(2001). Gothic down under: The southern(most) gothic of Dunedin.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2000). Developing a web-based interactive module for distance teaching of paragraphing skills through ''drag-and-drop'' textual manipulation. In B. Day, L. Emerson, & VR. Eds (Eds.) Tertiary Writing Network: Proceedings. (pp. 65 - 70). Hamilton, NZ
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2000, December). Developing a web-based interactive module for distance teaching of paragraphing skills through ''drag-and-drop'' textual manipulation. Presented at Tertiary Writing Network. Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hamilton, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.

Other

Lawn, JM. (2015). Book review: Relating indigenous and settler identities by Avril Bell. (pp. 263 - 270).
[Other]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2012). Review of The Frame Function: A Inside-Out Guide to the Novels of Janet Frame.. (pp. 459 - 460).
[Other]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2012, January). Start with the darkness and paint in the light: Settler "Identity Cards" and clandestine desires in Canada and New Zealand. In Modern Language Association of America Convention. Presented at Washington State Convention Centre,Seattle, USA.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2010). Lloyd Jones: Mister Pip. (pp. 1 - 6). The Literary Dictionary Company Limited
[Other]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, J., & Rimoldi, E. (2008, October). Who is Matilda? Character and place in Mr Pip. In Massey University Public Lecture Series, Albany Campus. Presented at Auckland, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2008). Ian Wedde (1946-). The Literary Dictionary Company Limited
[Other]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2006, October). Janet Frame: 21st-century interpretations. In Massey University Free Public Lectures. Presented at Massey University, Auckland, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2005, March). The state and the arts: Nationalising Janet Frame. : Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2003). On time and under budget: Supporting first-year report writing through task management.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Lawn, JM. (2001). "Introduction: Launching Off in Social and Cultural Studies". (pp. v - vii). School of Social and Cultural Studies
[Other]Authored by: Lawn, J.
Sarro, F., Hall, T., Baddoo, N., Buckley, J., English, M., Counsell, S., . . . Zanoni, M. (2016). Editorial.
[Other]Authored by: Lawn, J.

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 1
Co-supervisor 0 4

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Hannah Hansen - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Post-Millennial Monster: Female Monstrosity and Post-feminism in the Paranormal Romance
  • Gaja Kolodziej - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Amnesia Trope in Contemporary Romance
  • Perina Chapelle - Doctor of Philosophy
    Framing the Financially Literate Subject: An Analysis of the Discourse Surrounding Financial Literacy

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2007 - Bronwyn Beatty - Doctor of Philosophy
    The currency of heroic fantasy : The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter from Ideology to Industry.

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Robert Redmond - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Femme Fatale in Postfeminist Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction: Redundant or Re-Inventing Herself?
  • 2013 - Ann Lochead - Doctor of Philosophy
    Moral Uncertainty and Contemporary Children's Fantasy Fiction
  • 2012 - Wendy Bolitho - Doctor of Philosophy
    Silent Invocations: Music, Sublimation and Social Transformation
  • 2009 - Leonard Sanders - Doctor of Philosophy
    Postmodern Orientalism: William Gibson, Cyberpunk and Japan

Media and Links

Media

  • 13 Apr 2013 - Radio
    Research-related radion interview
    Interview with Lynn Freeman on NZ crime fiction, Standing Room Only, Radio NZ National (16’25”).

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