Dr Delia Falconer


Delia Falconer is the author of two novels, the bestselling The Service of Clouds, shortlisted for major literary awards including the Miles Franklin, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and the Australian Booksellers' Book of the Year; and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers and Selected Stories, shortlisted among other awards for the Spur Award for Best Short Western Novel (US) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.  She is also the editor of The Penguin Book of the Road (2008) and Best Australian Stories (2008 and 2009). 

She is also the author of the memoir/cultural history Sydney, published by New South in 2010.  Sydney was winner of the Nib: CAL Waverley Award for outstanding research in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award 2010, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Nita B Kibble Award for life writing, The Age Book of the Year Award, and New South Wales Premier's History Prize in 2011, and the National Biography Award and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards — Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012 . 

Delia Falconer began her career as a professional writer in 1994 when she won two national literary awards: the inaugural Island Essay Prize, and the inaugural HQ short story competition.  Her short stories and essays have been widely anthologised, including in the recent Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature, The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories and various editions of The Best Australian Essays and The Best Australian Stories.   Her criticism appears regularly in The Australian Literary Review, The Australian, The Age, and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is frequently linked by international online digests such as 3 Quarks Daily, Arts and Letters Daily, and Bookforum.com.

Delia Falconer has acted as a judge of The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Age Book of the Year, Inaugural ABC Fiction Prize, Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Writer, RAKA Kate Challis Award for Indigenous Creative Artists, Age short story competition and NSW Premier's Literary Awards, as well as a peer adviser to the Australia Council and the Australian Society of Authors.   She has held a number of grants and residencies, including the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, fellowships at Varuna and Bundanon, and a six-week fellowship from the Australia Council to work at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.  As the winner of the James Joyce Suspended Sentence short story competition, 2003, she travelled to Dublin, Trieste and Bejing as the Australian James Joyce Fellow.  In 2009 she was invited to speak and read at Harvard, as part of a week of activities around the US publication by Norton of the Macquarie Pen Anthology as The Literature of Australia.

Before beginning to teach at UTS in 2004, she taught cultural studies and creative writing at the University of Melbourne; and creative writing at UTS, where she coordinated the MA program.  Her students have won the WA Premier's Literary Award, been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin and the Orange Prize, and have been published in Best Australian Stories

Dr Falconer holds a PhD in English Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne.


  1. Australian Society of Authors member

PEN Member
2003-2007 board member of Varuna: The Writers' House
Member, Advisory Board, The Australian Literature Compendium
Advisor, symposium on the future of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2008

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Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing Program
Core Member, Creative Practice and Cultural Economy
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Research Interests

Novel, history of the novel; essay; creative non-fiction; Australian fiction; literary criticism; and "things" (the cultural history of objects).

Current research
Creative writing; non-fiction; journalism.
She is working on a novel, and a collection of essays about our changing relationship to “things” in the late twentieth-century.

Can supervise: Yes

Professional Writing Project
MA and PhD supervision

Book Chapters

Falconer, D.C. 2002, 'Historical Fiction' in The Writer's Reader: a guide to writing fiction and poetry, Halstead Press, Rushcutters Bay NSW, pp. 104-110.


Falconer, D.C. 2010, Sydney, 1, UNSW Press, Sydney, Australia.
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This is a commissioned cultural history/memoir about Sydney, 50,000 words long. It covers Sydney's indigenous history; social history; and psychogeography, wound around memoir recalling the history of Sydney in the 60s through to 80s.
Falconer, D.C. 2009, Best Australian Stories 2009, Black Inc, Melbourne.
Yearly selection of the year's best short stories, including introduction
Falconer, D.C. 2008, The Penguin Book of the Road, Penguin, Camberwell.
Falconer, D.C. 2008, Best Australian Stories 2008, Black Inc, Melbourne.

Conference Papers

Falconer, D.C. 2008, 'The Challenge of the 'Post-postmodern'', Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Sydney, Australia, November 2008 in The Creativity and Uncertainty Papers: the refereed proceedings of the 13th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2008, ed Brien, Donna Lee and Lucy Neave, Australian Association of Writing Programs, Griffith University, pp. 1-10.
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Using Dr Alan Kirby's essay 'The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond' as a starting point, this paper discusses his claim that we have passed from 'postmodernism' into a 'post-postmodern' era and considers what this means for the teaching of postmodern texts in creative writing courses within the academy.

Journal Articles

Seymour, L.M., Falconer, D.C., Deutscher, A., Minion, F., Padula, M.P., Dixon, N.E., Djordjevic, S.P. & Walker, M. 2011, 'Mhp 107 is a member of the multifunctional adhesin family of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae', Journal Of Biological Chemistry, vol. 286, no. 12, pp. 10097-10104.
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Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae is the causative pathogen of porcine enzootic pneumonia, an economically significant disease that disrupts the mucociliary escalator in the swine respiratory tract. Expression of Mhp107, a P97 paralog encoded by the gene mhp107, was confirmed using ESI-MS/MS. To investigate the function of Mhp107, three recombinant proteins, F1Mhp107, F2Mhp107, and F3Mhp107, spanning the N-terminal, central, and C-terminal regions of Mhp107 were constructed. Colonization of swine by M. hyopneumoniae requires adherence of the bacterium to ciliated cells of the respiratory tract. Recent studies have identified a number of M. hyopneumoniae adhesins that bind heparin, fibronectin, and plasminogen. F1Mhp107 was found to bind porcine heparin (KD ~90 nm) in a dose-dependent and saturable manner, whereas F3Mhp107 bound fibronectin (KD ~180 nm) at physiologically relevant concentrations. F1Mhp107 also bound porcine plasminogen (KD = 24 nm) in a dose-dependent and physiologically relevant manner. Microspheres coated with F3Mhp107 mediate adherence to porcine kidney epithelial-like (PK15) cells, and all three recombinant proteins (F1Mhp107-F3Mhp107) bound swine respiratory cilia. Together, these findings indicate that Mhp107 is a member of the multifunctional M. hyopneumoniae adhesin family of surface proteins and contributes to both adherence to the host and pathogenesis.
Scott, N.E., Parker, B., Connolly, A., Paulech, J., Edwards, A.V., Crossett, B., Falconer, D.C., Kolarich, D., Djordjevic, S.P., Hojrup, P., Packer, N., Larsen, M.R. & Cordwell, S.J. 2011, 'Simultaneous Glycan-peptide Characterization Using Hydrophilic Interaction Chromatography And Parallel Fragmentation By Cid, Higher Energy Collisional Dissociation, And Electron Transfer Dissociation Ms Applied To The N-linked Glycoproteome Of Campyl', Molecular And Cellular Proteomics, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 1-12.
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Campylobacter jejuni is a gastrointestinal pathogen that is able to modify membrane and periplasmic proteins by the N-linked addition of a 7-residue glycan at the strict attachment motif (D/E) XNX(S/T). Strategies for a comprehensive analysis of the targets of glycosylation, however, are hampered by the resistance of the glycan-peptide bond to enzymatic digestion or beta-elimination and have previously concentrated on soluble glycoproteins compatible with lectin affinity and gel-based approaches. We developed strategies for enriching C. jejuni HB93-13 glycopeptides using zwitterionic hydrophilic interaction chromatography and examined novel fragmentation, including collision-induced dissociation ( CID) and higher energy collisional (C-trap) dissociation (HCD) as well as CID/electron transfer dissociation (ETD) mass spectrometry. CID/HCD enabled the identification of glycan structure and peptide backbone, allowing glycopeptide identification, whereas CID/ETD enabled the elucidation of glycosylation sites by maintaining the glycan-peptide linkage. A total of 130 glycopeptides, representing 75 glycosylation sites, were identified from LC-MS/MS using zwitterionic hydrophilic interaction chromatography coupled to CID/HCD and CID/ETD. CID/HCD provided the majority of the identifications (73 sites) compared with ETD (26 sites). We also examined soluble glycoproteins by soybean agglutinin affinity and two-dimensional electrophoresis and identified a further six glycosylation sites. This study more than doubles the number of confirmed N-linked glycosylation sites in C. jejuni and is the first to utilize HCD fragmentation for glycopeptide identification with intact glycan. We also show that hydrophobic integral membrane proteins are significant targets of glycosylation in this organism.
Scott, N.E., Marzook, N., Deutscher, A., Falconer, D.C., Crossett, B., Djordjevic, S.P. & Cordwell, S.J. 2010, 'Mass spectrometric characterization of the Campylobacter jejuni adherence factor CadF reveals post-translational processing that removes immunogenicity while retaining fibronectin binding', Proteomics, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 277-288.
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Campylobacter jejuni is a major gastrointestinal pathogen that colonizes host mucosa via interactions with extracellular matrix proteins, such as fibronectin (Fn). Fn-binding is mediated by a 37?kDa outer membrane protein termed Campylobacter adherence Factor (CadF). The outer membrane protein profile of a recent gastrointestinal C. jejuni clinical isolate (JHH1) was analysed using 2-DE and MS. Several spots were identified as products of the cadF gene. These included mass and pI variants of 34 and 30?kDa, as well as 24?kDa (CadF24) and 22?kDa (CadF22) mass variants. CadF variants were fully characterized by MALDI-TOF MS and MALDI-MS/MS. These data confirmed that CadF forms re-folding variants resulting in spots with lower mass and varying pI that are identical at the amino acid sequence level and are not modified post-translationally. CadF22 and CadF24, however, were characterized as N-terminal, membrane-associated polypeptides resulting from cleavage between serine195 and leucine196, and glycine201 and phenylalanine202, respectively. These variants were more abundant in the virulent (O) isolate of C. jejuni NCTC11168 when compared with the avirulent (genome sequenced) isolate. Hexahistidine fusion constructs of full-length CadF (34?kDa), CadF24, and the deleted C-terminal OmpA domain (14?kDa; CadF14) were created in Escherichia coli. Recombinant CadF variants were probed against patient sera and revealed that only full-length CadF retained reactivity. Binding assays showed that CadF24 retained Fn-binding capability, while CadF14 did not bind Fn. These data suggest that the immunogenic epitope of CadF is cleaved to generate smaller Fn-binding polypeptides, which are not recognized by the host humoral response. CadF cleavage therefore may be associated with virulence in C. jejuni.
Seymour, L.M., Deutscher, A., Jenkins, C., Kuit, T.A., Falconer, D.C., Minion, F., Crossett, B., Padula, M.P., Dixon, N., Djordjevic, S.P. & Walker, M. 2010, 'A Processed Multidomain Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Adhesin Binds Fibronectin, Plasminogen, and Swine Respiratory Cilia', Journal Of Biological Chemistry, vol. 285, no. 44, pp. 33971-33978.
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orcine enzootic pneumonia is a chronic respiratory disease that affects swine. The etiological agent of the disease, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, is a bacterium that adheres to cilia of the swine respiratory tract, resulting in loss of cilia and epithelial cell damage. A M. hyopneumoniae protein P116, encoded by mhp108, was investigated as a potential adhesin. Examination of P116 expression using proteomic analyses observed P116 as a full-length protein and also as fragments, ranging from 17 to 70 kDa in size. A variety of pathogenic bacterial species have been shown to bind the extracellular matrix component fibronectin as an adherence mechanism. M. hyopneumoniae cells were found to bind fibronectin in a dose-dependent and saturable manner. Surface plasmon resonance was used to show that a recombinant C-terminal domain of P116 bound fibronectin at physiologically relevant concentrations (KD 24 6 nm). Plasmin(ogen)-binding proteins are also expressed by many bacterial pathogens, facilitating extracellular matrix degradation. M. hyopneumoniae cells were found to also bind plasminogen in a dose-dependent and saturable manner; the C-terminal domain of P116 binds to plasminogen (KD 44 5 nm). Plasminogen binding was abolished when the C-terminal lysine of P116 was deleted, implicating this residue as part of the plasminogen binding site. P116 fragments adhere to the PK15 porcine kidney epithelial-like cell line and swine respiratory cilia. Collectively these data suggest that P116 is an important adhesin and virulence factor of M. hyopneumoniae
Djordjevic, S.P., Cain, A., Evershed, N.J., Falconer, D.C., Levings, R.S., Lightfoot, D. & Hall, R.M. 2009, 'Emergence and evolution of multiply antibiotic-resistant Salmonella enterica Serovar paratyphi B D-Tartrate-Utilizing strains containing SG11', Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy, vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 2319-2326.
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The first Australian isolate of Salmonella enterica serovar Paratyphi B D-tartrate-utilizing (dT+) that is resistant to ampicillin, chloramphenicol, florfenicol, streptomycin, spectinomycin, sulfonamides, and tetracycline (ApCmFlSmSpSuTc) and contains SGI1 was isolated from a patient with gastroenteritis in early 1995. This is the earliest reported isolation globally. The incidence of infections caused by these SGI1-containing multiply antibiotic-resistant S. enterica serovar Paratyphi B dT+ strains increased during the next few years and occurred sporadically in all states of Australia. Several molecular criteria were used to show that the early isolates are very closely related to one another and to strains isolated during the following few years and in 2000 and 2003 from home aquariums and their owners. Early isolates from travelers returning from Indonesia shared the same features. Thus, they appear to represent a true clone arising from a single cell that acquired SGI1. Some minor differences in the resistance profiles and molecular profiles also were observed, indicating the ongoing evolution of the clone, and phage type differences were common, indicating that this is not a useful epidemiological marker over time. Three isolates from 1995, 1998, and 1999 contained a complete sul1 gene but were susceptible to sulfamethoxazole due to a point mutation that creates a premature termination codon.
Scott, N.E., Bogema, D., Connolly, A.M., Falconer, D.C., Djordjevic, S.P. & Cordwell, S.J. 2009, 'Mass spectrometric characterisation of the surface-associated 42 kDa lipoprotein JIpA as a Glycosylated antigen in strains of Campylobacter jejuni', Journal Of Proteome Research, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 4654-4664.
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Campylobacter jejuni is the most common cause of bacterial gastroenteritis in the developed world. Immunoproteomics highlighted a 42-45 kDa antigen that comigrated on two-dimensional (2-DE) gels with the C. jejuni major outer membrane protein (MOMP). Predictive analysis revealed two candidates for the identity of the antigen, the most likely of which was the surface-associated lipoprotein, JlpA. Recombinant JlpA (rJlpA) reacted with patient sera, confirming that JlpA is antigenic. Polyclonal antibodies raised against rJlpA reacted against 3 JlpA mass variants from multiple C. jejuni. These variants differed by approximately 1.5 kDa, suggesting the presence of the N-linked C. jejuni glycan on two sites. Soybean agglutinin affinity and 2-DE purified 2 JlpA glycoforms (43.5 and 45 kDa). Their identities were confirmed using mass spectrometry following trypsin digest. Glycopeptides within JlpA variants were identified by proteinase-K digestion, graphite micropurification and MS-MS. Sites of glycosylation were confirmed as asparagines 107 and 146, both of which are flanked by the N-linked sequon. Sequence analysis confirmed that the N146 sequon is conserved in all C. jejuni genomes examined to date, while the N107 sequon is absent in the reference strain NCTC 11168. Western blotting confirmed the presence of only a single JlpA glycoform in both virulent (O) and avirulent (GS) isolates of NCTC 11168. MS analysis showed that JlpA exists as 3 discrete forms, unmodified, glycosylated at N146, and glycosylated at both N146/107, suggesting glycan addition at N146 is necessary for N107 glycosylation. Glycine extracts and Western blotting revealed that doubly glycosylated JlpA was the predominant form on the C. jejuni JHH1 surface; however, glycosylation is not required for antigenicity. This is the first study to identify N-linked glycosylation of a surface-exposed C. jejuni virulence factor and to show strain variation in glycosylation sites.
Wilton, J., Jenkins, C., Cordwell, S.J., Falconer, D.C., Minion, F., Oneal, D., Djordjevic, M.A., Connolly, A.M., Barchia, I., Walker, M.J. & Djordjevic, S.P. 2009, 'Mhp493 (P216) is a proteolytically processed, cilium and heparin binding protein of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae', Molecular Microbiology, vol. 71, no. 3, pp. 566-582.
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Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae induces respiratory disease in swine by colonizing cilia causing ciliostasis, cilial loss and epithelial cell death. Heparin binds to M. hyopneumoniae cells in a dose-dependent manner and blocks its ability to adhere to porcine cilia. We show here that Mhp493 (P216), a paralogue of the cilium adhesin P97 (Mhp183), is cleaved between amino acids 1040 and 1089 generating surface-accessible, heparin-binding proteins P120 and P85. Antiphosphoserine antibodies recognized P85 in 2-D immunoblotting studies and TiO2 chromatography of trypsin digests of P85 isolated a single peptide with an m/z of 917.3. A phosphoserine residue in the tryptic peptide (90)VSELpSFR(96) (position 94 in P85) was identified by MALDI-MS/MS. Polyhistidine fusion proteins (F1(P216), F2(P216), F3(P216)) spanning Mhp493 bound heparin with biologically significant Kd values, and heparin, fucoidan and mucin inhibited this interaction. Latex beads coated with F1(P216), F2(P216) and F3(P216) adhered to and entered porcine kidney epithelial-like (PK15) cell monolayers. Microtitre plate-based assays showed that sequences within P120 and P85 bind to porcine cilia and are recognized by serum antibodies elicited during infection by M. hyopneumoniae. Mhp493 contributes significantly to the surface architecture of M. hyopneumoniae and is the first cilium adhesin to be described that lacks an R1 cilium-binding domain.
Falconer, D.C. 2009, ''The Poetry of the Earth is Never Dead': Australia's Road Writing', Journal of the Association for the study of Australian ..., vol. 2009, no. Special Is, pp. 1-16.
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This article discusses the process of editing The Australian Book of the Road. It uses William Hay+s +An Australian Rip Van Winkle+ as an exemplary Australian road text. With its diffuse sense of hauntedness, multiple time-warps, and eerie appropriation of northern hemisphere literary texts, Hay+s story offers a suggestive frame for reflecting on our relationship with the road in Australia and the way it is figured in our writing; to consider the road not only as a material artefact represented by our road texts but a set of cultural traditions and tropes. Its layered hauntings offer paths to unpacking of the odd sense of unease that permeates so many of these road stories. Using +road writing+ (my own term) as a strategic generic category through which disparate works can be interpreted, this paper will consider them as instances of +spatial history+, following Paul Carter, opposed to more triumphalist literary traditions. It will also, finally, consider the Australian road within a global context; in particular, the strategic ways in which these stories play with strategies of adaptation.
Cordwell, S.J., Len, A.C., Touma, R.G., Scott, N.E., Falconer, D.C., Jones, D., Connolly, A.M., Crossett, B. & Djordjevic, S.P. 2008, 'Identification of membrane-associated proteins from Campylobacter jejuni strains using complementary proteomics technologies', Proteomics, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 122-139.
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Campylobacter jejuni is the leading cause of food- and water-borne illness world-wide. The membrane-associated proteome of a recent C. jejuni gastrointestinal isolate (JHH1) was generated by sodium carbonate precipitation and ultracentrifugation followed by 2-DE and MALDI-TOF MS as well as 2-DLC (strong cation exchange followed by RP chromatography) of trypsin digests coupled to MS/MS (2-DLC/MS/MS). 2-DE/MS identified 77 proteins, 44 of which were predicted membrane proteins, while 2-DLC/MS/MS identified 432 proteins, of which 206 were predicted to be membrane associated. A total of 453 unique proteins (27.4% of the C. jejuni theoretical proteome), including 187 bona fide membrane proteins were identified in this study. Membrane proteins were also compared between C. jejuni JHH1 and ATCC 700297 to identify factors potentially associated with increased gastrointestinal virulence. We identified 28 proteins that were significantly (>two-fold) more abundant in, or unique to, JHH1, including eight proteins involved in chemotaxis signal transduction and flagellar motility, the amino acid-binding surface antigens CjaA and CjaC, and four outer membrane proteins (OMPs) of unknown function (Cj0129c, Cj1031, Cj1279c, and Cj1721c). Immunoblotting using convalescent patient sera generated postgastrointestinal infection revealed 13 (JHH1) and 12 (ATCC 700297) immunoreactive proteins. These included flagellin (FlaA) and CadF as well as Omp18, Omp50, Cj1721c, PEB1A, PEB2, and PEB4A. This study provides a comprehensive analysis of membrane-associated proteins from C. jejuni.
Jenkins, C., Wilton, J., Minion, F., Falconer, D.C., Walker, M.J. & Djordjevic, S.P. 2006, 'Two domains within the Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Cilium adnesis bind heparin', Infection And Immunity, vol. 74, no. 1, pp. 481-487.
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Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae is the causative agent of porcine enzootic pneumonia, a chronic and economically significant respiratory disease that affects swine production worldwide. M. hyopneumoniae adheres to and adversely affects the function of ciliated epithelial cells of the respiratory tract, and the cilium adhesin (Mhp183, P97) is intricately but not exclusively involved in this process. Although binding of pathogenic bacteria to glycosaminoglycans is a recognized step in pathogenesis, knowledge of glycosaminoglycan-binding proteins in M. hyopneumoniae is lacking. However, heparin and other sulfated polysaccharides are known to block the binding of M. hyopneumoniae to purified swine respiratory cilia. In this study, four regions within the cilium adhesin were examined for the ability to bind heparin. Cilium adhesin fragments comprising 653 amino acids of the N terminus and 301 amino acids of the C terminus (containing two repeat regions, R1 and R2) were cloned and expressed. These fragments bound heparin in a dose-dependent and saturable manner with physiologically significant binding affinities of 0.27 0.02 M and 1.89 0.33 M, respectively. Heparin binding of both fragments was strongly inhibited by the sulfated polysaccharides fucoidan and mucin but not by chondroitin sulfate B.
McLean, C., Bettelheim, K.A., Kuzevski, A., Falconer, D.C. & Djordjevic, S.P. 2005, 'Isolation of Escherichia coli O5: H-, possessing genes for Shiga toxin 1, intimin-B and enterohaemolysin, from an intestinal biopsy from an adult case of bloody diarrhoea: evidence for two distince O5: H- pathotypes', Journal of Medical Microbiology, vol. 54, pp. 605-607.
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Two typical coliforms from an intestinal biopsy from an adult case of bloody diarrhoea carried genes encoding intimin-, stx1 and ehxA, and produced verocytotoxin 1 and enterohaemolysin in culture. Both were biochemically typical Escherichia coli O5 : H-, apart from producing urease. Such O5 isolates represent a human pathogenic E. coli lineage.
Falconer, D.C. 2005, '"Passagework"', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 207-212.

Original Creative Works

Falconer, D.C. 2006, '"Republic of Love"', Manoa Journal, University of Hawaii Press, Hawaii, pp. 100-104.
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I, Mary the Larrikin, tart of Jerilderie, have loved for roast beef and I have loved for the feather on a well-trimmed hat. In my room above the hotel bar I have felt a squatter's spurs and sucked once on a bishop's fingers. The perfumes of my thighs have greased many a stockman's saddle and kept him company through lonely nights. Men can nose out my room from thirty miles away, their saddlebags tight and heavy with desire. But of all the men I have ever loved, Ned Kelly, dead three years before they put him in the ground, stole my heart away.

Other research activity

Falconer, D.C. 2009, 'Republic of Love', Macquarie/PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, ALLEN & UNWIN, Sydney, Australia, pp. 100-104.
This is the first major anthology of Australian literature to be published in the last 20 years. Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches, the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety. Republic of Love was also singled out for mention by one of the editors, Kerryn Goldsworthy, on the Book Show on Radio National
Falconer, D.C. 2005, 'The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers', Picador, Sydney, Australia.
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The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers is a novel based on historical research in the US, and was published in hard cover by Picador Australia in 2005; it was republished in 2006 in paperback as The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers and Selected Stories. It as published in hardback by Soft Skull in the US in 2006, and in paperback by Counterpoint US in 2009. It has been taught in university creative writing courses in Australia (University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia) and at the New School (NYC, USA). It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize (Asia Pacific Division) 2006; two Adelaide Festival Awards (Novel, and Innovation) in 2006; and for the US Spur awards (Best Short Western Novel).
Falconer, D.C. 2004, 'Hadrian in Hell', The Best Australian Stories 2004, Blank Inc, Melbourne, Australia.
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Falconer, D.C. 2003, 'The Historical Novel in Australia', The Best Australian Essays 2003, Black Inc., Melbourne, Australia, pp. 397-407.
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The essay 'The Historical Novel in Australia' was an intervention into a debate, initiated by novelist Malcolm Knox, that too many historical novels were being published in Australia, to the detriment of an engaged realism. My essay provided an overview of recent developments in the Australian historical novel, and theoretical concepts of writing history into fiction. It was selected, by competitive process, for the annual Australian showcase of best Australian essays for the year, by Peter Craven. It, and Knox's original essay, are often cited in academic papers on the historical novel in Australia
Falconer, D.C. 2001, 'The Intimacy of the Table', storykeepers, Duffy & Snellgrove, Sydney, Australia.
Falconer, D.C. 2000, 'The Water Poets', The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, Camberwell:Penguin, Australia.
Falconer, D.C. 2000, 'Acqua Alta', The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories, Ringwood, Australia.
Falconer, D.C. 1997, 'The Service of Clouds', Picador Australia, Sydney.