Joseph Steinberg, Corpus Christi

Degree: PhD
Course: 1830-PD
Supervisor: Dr Jan Schramm
Dissertation Title: The Peripheries of the Program Era: America in Australian Fiction

Biographical Information

In 2013 I began my undergraduate degree in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. After completing this degree, I qualified as a secondary teacher, then came to Cambridge in 2017 for an MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literature. In October 2018 I began my PhD on a Cambridge International Scholarship generously funded by the Trust. From January to mid-February 2020, I conducted archival research at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

Research Interests

Literary institutions; ethics; modernisms; postmodernisms; emigre writings; creative writing programs; prize culture; literary sociology; trauma; globalization; literary activists/celebrities/public intellectuals; life writing; metafiction; Australian literature 1900-present; American literature 1945-present; contemporary writing in various places and genres, primarily prose.

J. M. Coetzee, Patrick White, Elizabeth Jolley, Thea Astley, Peter Carey, Alexis Wright, Tim Winton, Ryan O'Neill, Nam Le, Brian Castro, Helen Garner, Kim Scott, David Malouf, Gerald Murnane, Richard Flanagan, Gail Jones, Michael Wilding, Kate Grenville, Melissa Lucashenko and John Kinsella are writers of particular importance to my dissertation. While they do not feature directly in my current project, I'm interested enough in Michael Ondaatje, James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov that they merit individual mention.

Areas of Supervision

I currently supervise for the Part II Contemporary, Postcolonial, and Practical Criticism papers, Part I Paper 7B, and Part I/II undergraduate dissertations on topics related to the research interests listed above. I'd love to hear from undergraduates working in any of my areas of interest.