Louis Klee, Gonville and Caius

Degree: PhD
Course: CC
Supervisor: Dr Robert Macfarlane
Dissertation Title:

The Constellational Novel


Biographical Information

I'm writing a PhD in Criticism and Culture funded by the John Monash Scholarship. I completed a Bachelor of Philosophy with First Class Honours at the Australian National University, where I was a National Undergraduate Scholar, writing on Karl Marx's 1844 manuscripts, and then an MPhil at Cambridge as a Rae and Edith Bennett Scholar, writing on Judith Butler and translation. I also have an MFA in Playwriting from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and in 2018 I was UNESCO Writer in Residence for the city of Kraków. 

Research Interests

My thesis considers prose fiction that has been variously characterised as oblique, baroque, descriptive, associative, essayistic, ornamental, and digressive. In this respect and beyond, I am interested in: Proust; translation; aesthetics; Benjamin, baroque reason; contemporary poetry, poetics; Australian literature; anticolonial thought, critical humanism, comparative literature; Marx; modern Jewish thought; Judith Bulter; visual culture, iconoclasm, ekphrasis, painting; Sebald; rhetoric, obliquity, hermeticism, secrecy, judgement, digressions, the association of ideas, similitude, figures of interconnection, prose form, the essay; Teju Cole; psychoanalysis, resistance, Jacqueline Rose, Leo Bersani; Lisa Robertson; topics in aesthetics in Kant and Wittgenstein; Cy Twombly

With Solange Manche and Joe Davidson, I chair the Cambridge Reading Marx Seminar, which is affiliated with the “lectures de Marx” seminar at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, France. We have organised this conference funded by CRASSH on contemporary Marxist thought in France and Britain. I am also an affiliated resarcher with the Walter Benjamin Research Collective

Areas of Supervision

I supervise widely on literary modernism, poetry, theory and philosophy, including: 1.1: Practical Criticism and Critical Practice I, 1.7b: English Literature and its Contexts 1870-Present, 2.2: Tragedy, 2.11: Prose Forms 1936-1956, 2.12: Contemporary Writing; 2.16: History and Theory of Literary Criticism, and 2.17: Lyric, and dissertations across Part I and II, with topics such as: prosody and failure; Amiri Baraka; queer theory; Roland Barthes; Flann O'Brien and Irish modernism. I also supervise in the Philosophy Faculty, such as for Part IB Paper 05: Early Modern Philosophy.

Selected Publications

I have articles forthcoming in New German Critique (Fall 2021) and The Cambridge Quarterly, and articles in Textual Practice, The European Legacy, and the Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook. 

I am co-editing The Cambridge Companion to the Australian Novel. With Anya Topolski, I edited a special issue of The European Legacy dedicated to the themes, thinkers, and central preoccupations of Judith Butler’s Parting Ways. It includes our introductory essay 'Parting Ways or Ways to Cohabitation', my article 'Exilic Alliance', pieces on Arendt, Darwish, Libia Posada, and Paul Gilroy, and an afterword by Butler 'Who Can Still Imagine Co-Habitation?'  

My essays and reviews are in The Times Literary Supplement (TLS), Music & Literature, 3:AM Magazine, The Monthly, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sydney Review of Books, Overland, and other places.

My poetry has appeared in the TLS, Meanjin, the Australian Book Review, and Best Australian Poems.