In my previous blog post, I asked “Are you a student or lecturer, past or present, who has studied or set my work for a course?”
The results are now in and it’s my pleasure to share them with you in this post. I’m sure that not every instance of my work having been taught has been captured here (so if you’re aware of something missing, feel free to comment on this post or to contact me). At the same time, asking the question has definitely unearthed details of new courses where my work has or will be making appearances.
Thanks to everyone who responded to my call-out, with a special thanks to Tseen Khoo, founding convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, for helping to get the word out.
But, most importantly, thank you so much to all the academics who have been supporting my work, not to mention all the students who have sent me such kind and enthusiastic emails over the years.
Here’s my compilation of the responses I received, which I’ve grouped by country. I will continue to add to this list as I learn of more courses where my work has been taught.
- University of Wollongong: Look Who’s Morphing will be taught this spring for a third-year English Literatures subject called “Desiring Bodies” (on gender and sexuality in 19th and 20th century literature and film). The subject convenor is Dr Guy Davidson
- RMIT University:
- My piece “The Bodyguard” was taught for a first year literary theory course in the Bachelor of Creative Writing. “My lecturer Jessica Wilkinson brought in your piece as an example of pastiche… it was a fairly unanimous class consensus that your work was wonderful. I think it just smacked a lot of us in the face with the possibilities of writing. Which is a very wonderful experience to have and one I still search for now with other writers”
- Look Who’s Morphing was included by Kirk Marshall (who teaches in the Post-Compulsory Education department) on the text selection list “as a model for Australian ‘experimental short fiction'” in a Foundation Studies course. (Note: Kirk also included Look Who’s Morphing on the text selection list for a Creative Writing textbook for English as a Second Language students enrolled at RMIT International College in Jakarta.)
- My work was taught in the unit “Contemporary Australian Writing” in 2010
- University of Melbourne: My piece “Chinese Whispers” was taught in the Bachelor of Creative Arts
- NMIT (Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE): Dr Alice Robinson designed and taught a Writing Fiction unit in the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing. “The Sound of Music” from Look Who’s Morphing was taught in a class on metafiction. Alice mentioned: “Always made for wonderful discussion!” This class has also been taught by Dr Amy Espeseth and Zoe Dattner
- University of New South Wales: My work was taught by Prof Stephen Muecke for the unit “Writing Bodies” in 2009. This unit was studied by around 70 third year students as part of an English major
- Southern Cross University: My work has been taught by Dr Moya Costello in the writing program for a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate Degree of Creative Writing
- University of Western Australia: My work was taught by Dr Shalmalee Palekar in an Honours unit “Writing Asia(s)”
- Trinity College: My work will be taught be Dr Mercedeh Makoui as part of a Foundation Studies program
- Australian National University: Prof Jacqueline Lo has been teaching stories from Look Who’s Morphing for the “Asian Australian Identities” course at honours level since 2008. “I also taught a version of this course in Cologne last year and had (your work) on the list of recommended texts”
- James Cook University: My work was taught in the unit “Australian Literature” in 2012
- University of Newcastle:
- My work was taught in the unit “Australian Popular Culture” in 2012
- Some of my short stories were taught by Dr Keri Glastonbury in the 3rd year unit “Advanced Creative Writing” (2010 and 2011: “Dirty Dancing”, “Suitmation” and “The Exorcist”; 2012: “Dirty Dancing” and “The Exorcist”; 2013: “Dirty Dancing”)
- Deakin University: Judith Rodriguez taught my piece “Suitmation” in the unit “Writing 1A” for the Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing) in 2003. Edited on 30 September 2016 to add: My work was also taught for the unit “Vision and Revision: Contemporary Short Stories”, as part of the requirements for Deakin’s Graduate Certificate in Writing and Literature
- Edited on 28 November 2014 to add: University of Western Sydney: Look Who’s Morphing will be taught as part of a new unit, Writing Portfolio: Creative Writing in Bilingual Context, at University of Western Sydney Summer School. This unit is based on Aboriginal, Arabic, Serbian and Asian literature, and it aims to teach students how to use their bicultural experience while writing. The unit coordinators are Dr Milena Ilisevic and Lucija Medojevic
- Edited on 31 January 2016 to add: A few stories from Look Who’s Morphing were taught at Victoria University last year by Dr Emily McAvan for Impossible Worlds, a creative writing class
- Edited on 5 September 2019 to add: Dr Kylie Cardell is teaching Look Who’s Morphing for a third-year English/Creative Writing subject at Flinders University.
- University of British Columbia: This fall, Prof Sneja Gunew will be teaching the piece “Today on Dr Phil” for a seminar on feminist postcolonial theory for the course GRSJ 502 Issues in Gender, Sexuality, and Critical Race Theories. This course will be taught out of the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
- Edited on 1 August 2014 to add: The University of Winnipeg: Dr Trish Salah will be teaching my work—along with works by Imogen Binnie, Janet Mock, Casey Plett and others—in the course Trans Cultural Politics and Literatures. This is a 4th year womens and gender studies course, split with a graduate level cultural studies class
- Edited on 11 June 2020 to add: University of Guelph: Kathy Freeman will be teaching my work—along with works by Nancy Jo Cullen, Leanne Toshiko Simpson, Ayelet Tsabari, and others—in the course The Short Story.
- Edited on 8 October 2015 to add: Beloit College: Dr Megan Milks taught 4 pieces from Look Who’s Morphing for a Queer and Transgender Literature and Theory course
- Edited on 11 June 2020 to add: Reed College: Sara Jaffe taught Look Who’s Morphing this year to creative writing students.
- University of Bristol: Dr Ika Willis taught my short stories “The Bodyguard” and “Pinocchio” (in 2007 and 2008) and Look Who’s Morphing itself (in 2010) for a first-year English Literature subject “Contemporary Writing”. This subject was on post-1945 literature in English.
Edited on 29 August 2016 to add: Nanyang Technological University: Ng Yi-Sheng taught my story “AIYO!!! An Evil Group of Ninjas is Entering and Destroying a Call Centre!!!” from 2011 to 2013 to explain the concept of stories built on style and voice.
- University of Geneva: A few years before Look Who’s Morphing was released, some of my stories were included in the seminar “Literatures of the Chinese Diaspora”, which was designed and taught by Prof Deborah Madsen. Former student Anna Iatsenko told me: “I did the seminar in the context of my MA in English Lit and it was an oral exam in which the students were required to make a presentation for 10 mins and then were asked questions for 20 mins”.
- Aichi Shukutoku University: While I was doing an Asialink residency in Japan in 2011, Dr Beverley Curran taught some pieces from Look Who’s Morphing in her “Kenkyuu III” class.