Louis Klee, Gonville and Caius

Degree: PhD
Course: CC
Supervisor: Dr Rod Mengham
Dissertation Title: Resistance and Associative Prose

Biographical Information

I'm writing a PhD at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, 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

Proust; translation; aesthetics; Benjamin; lyric theory, contemporary poetry, poetics; Australian literature; anticolonial thought, critical humanism, comparative literature; modern Jewish thought; Judith Bulter; visual culture, ekphrasis, painting; Sebald; rhetoric, judgement, digressions, prose form, the essay; Sontag; Teju Cole; John Berger; philosophy; critical theory

Areas of Supervision

I teach 1.1: Practical Criticism and Critical Practice I and 2.9: Lyric. I have also taught on Judith Butler's philosophy at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, and Marxism and development theory in Latin America at the Australian National University. 

I supervise dissertations across Part I and II in literary modernism, poetry, theory, and philosophy (topics include Amiri Baraka, Roland Barthes, and Flann O'Brien).  I'm always happy to hear from students about potential research projects.

Selected Publications

I have published peer-reviewed journal articles on subjects such as Yiddish fiction in Australia and Kierkegaard's politics, interviews with authors such as Teju Cole, and book reviews on contemporary Australian fiction (such as this piece for the TLS). My poetry has appeared in Meanjin, The Australian Book Review, and Best Australian Poems. My essay on Edward W. Said won the A. D. Hope Prize, while my essay on the Russian reception of Hegel won the Palgrave Macmillan Prize.