BA Wales, MA UVic, PhD Tas
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Ralph teaches in the English program, and has particular interests in the fields of Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures.
Since completing his doctorate Ralph has worked at the University of Otago (1990-1991) and the University of Waikato (1992-2003) in New Zealand, and since 2004 he has been at the University of Tasmania. He has published widely on colonial and postcolonial fictions, and has written or edited fifteen books. As part of his 'Raj Recovery Project' he has prepared scholarly editions of four Anglo-Indian (Raj) novels for Oxford University Press India: Love Besieged, by Charles E. Pearce (2003); Lilamani, by Maud Diver (2004); Daughters of India, by Margaret Wilson (2007); and The Broken Road, by A.E.W. Mason (2008). His edition of Flora Annie Steel's The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook (co-edited with Anna Johnston) was published in OUP's World's Classics Series in 2010.
Ralph is a past Chairperson of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (SPACLALS), and past Vice-President (New Zealand) of the Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia (ASAA). He currently co-edits new literatures review with Anna Johnston, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and The Atlantic Critical Review. He is an Associate of the Centre for Postcolonial Writing (CPW), Monash University.
Ralph is also involved in the Colonialism and its Aftermath research centre.
Ralph has designed and taught a wide range of units, including:
He has supervised dissertations and theses at Hons, MA and PhD levels on various topics including:
He is currently teaching or contributing to several units at the University of Tasmania:
He is available to supervise in the following areas:
Over 40 essays on various authors and their work in:
Ralph's main research interests are in:
Ralph is General Editor Oxford University Press India's 'Lesser-Known Raj Novels' series.
He has edited four volumes in the series, each of which includes a detailed critical commentary in the form of an introduction, maps, a chronology of the author, and substantial explanatory notes.
Anglo-Indian Fiction: Race, Gender, and Diaspora
Ralph is currently completing a monograph on Anglo-Indian fiction with Radhika Moharam (Cardiff University). The book offers a postcolonial reading of the fictions of Anglo-India rather than a focus on British imperialism, informed by the historical certainty and knowledge of the end of the British Raj.
Bibliography of Anglo-Indian Fiction
Ralph is currently compiling a comprehensive bibliography of Anglo-Indian fiction from 1858-1947.
In collaboration with Anna Johnston Ralph is working on a series of publications on the Anglo-Indian writer Flora Annie Steel. To date they have presented conference papers and two book chapters as well as an edition of Flora Annie Steel and Grace Gardiner's The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook, which was published in OUP's World's Classics Series. They are planning scholarly editions of other books by Steel, as well as a monograph on her work.
In collaboration with Chris Ackerley (University of Otago) Ralph is working on a companion to the fiction of J.G. Farrell. Provisionally entitled A J.G. Farrell Encyclopedia, this book will gather in a single volume all the essential facts about Farrell's life, his fiction, and the intellectual and social milieu which forms the background to his writing.
J.G. Farrell Bibliography
This bibliography can be downloaded in PDF format:
J.G. Farrell: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources (PDF 78MB)
In collaboration with Lisa Fletcher Ralph is working on a series of publications in the field of colonial adventure fiction. They have presented a conference paper on illustrations in G.A. Henty's Indian fictions and plan a series of journal articles and book chapters on adventure fiction published in magazines and in book form during the period of British high imperialism, as well as a monograph that will focus on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, G.A. Henty's In Times of Peril, H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, and A.E.W.Mason's The Four Feathers.
Ralph is writing Cave in collaboration with Lisa Fletcher. This illustrated book will be a volume in Reaktion Books' new 'Earth' series and is scheduled for publication in 2013. Cave will explore the roles caves have played in history and the human imagination. This research considers caves not only as wonders of nature and as habitats for flora and fauna, but also in terms of the multifarious cultural roles they have played and continue to play in human experience. Together, the text and illustrations in this book will explore perceptions of caves over the centuries and across the world, offering the reader a cultural and psychological history of these dark places of the earth.
Ralph is selecting and editing a collection of Tasmanian stories with Danielle Wood, who will also write an introduction to the book. In addition to the book's scholarly purpose of providing an important archive of regional Australian literature, this anthology is intended to have appeal to visitors to the state as well as to students and researchers.
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences and the Acting Head of School, Humanities
20 May, 2013