Selected Works of Dr CA. Cranston

CA.Cranston, University of Tasmania Associate

Dr CA.Cranston is an Ecocritic, and is the Journal Manager and founding General editor of ASLEC-ANZ's peer-reviewed, online ejournal, AJE: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology.  

ASLEC-ANZ is the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment, and Culture – Australia and New Zealand. Cranston was President of the Association in 2009-2011. In 2010 she convened ASLEC-ANZ's biennial conference 'Sounding the Earth: Music, Language and Acoustic Ecology' at the University of Tasmania. 

The latest Call for Papers (AJE #7) focuses on the 2015 International Year of Light, and of Soil.

Cranston is currently in the UK researching 'The Jewish Contribution to the Cathedrals of Europe'.

University, State, and Organisation Appointments

In the Fall of 2012 she was Adjunct Professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, at the Institute of Island Studies, where she taught 'Island Political Ecology' (Masters level). Cranston taught from 1991-2007 in the School of Humanities, University of Tasmania. In 2008, and again in 2009, she received an DFAT Australia-India Council Fellowship as Adjunct Professor, University of Madras, Tamil Nadu; in 2006 she was Visiting Professor at Appalachian State University, North Carolina, where she delivered the International Women's Day Public lecture; and during 2004, Visiting Professor at Alps-Adriatic University, Austria. 

She has served on National Grants committees; on various panels for Arts Tasmania; as the Tasmanian representative for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL); chaired the ALS Gold Medal Award (fiction), and Mary Gilmore Award (poetry); and is on the advisory board of the Indian Journal of Ecocriticism. CA.was editor of ASAL's Notes & Furphies for 6 years, and of the ASLE-ANZ ANewZletter for 4 years. In a previous life (in media) she hosted the 'Austin A.M.' program with KOKE, and the news with KGTN, in Austin, Texas.

Thematic Areas of Interest and Awards

Literature and the Environment (ecocriticism); Literature and Disability Studies. Cranston is the recipient of an Outstanding Performance Award, Pioneer Award (for creating interactive online units), and Teaching Excellence Award (face to face, video-link, and online) from the University of Tasmania. She received the Governor's Citation (Texas, USA) for her work in Radio. She is an alumna of the University of Texas (Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi), and of the University of Tasmania. Subjects taught in various institutions include Island Political Ecology; Australian Literature; Australian Studies; Anglophone Literatures; 'Grass Roots' Environmental Literature; British Romantic Poetry; The Novel in the Nineteenth Century; The Body in the Text; American Nature Writing; Writing the Grand Tour, and Australian Novel into Film. 




The Litoral Zone

The Littoral Zone: Australian Contexts and their Writers (Ecocriticism). CA. Cranston and Robert Zeller (eds). Amsterdam: & New York: Rodopi Press, 2007. 
This is the first Australian collection of ecocritical essays. Features Australian and US scholars.

Along these Lines: From Trowenna to Tasmania (Launceston: Cornford Press), 2000. Edited, Introduced, and Compiled by CA. Cranston. Place-based anthology about Trowunna / Van Diemen's Land / Tasmania, across the genres. Includes Charles Darwin, Errol Flynn, Germaine Greer.

Place-Based Anthology


Along These Lines

Some reviews of The Littoral Zone: Libby Robin, Ecohumanities Corner Issue 42; Cheryl Taylor, JASAL Vol. 8; Caitlin Maling, The Cordite Poetry Review (2013).

Book Chapters

(tbp)2016  'Climate and Culture in Australia and New Zealand', with Charles Dawson (NZ), A Cambridge Global History of Literature and the Environment. Eds. Louise Westling and John Parham (Cambridge: CUP).

2012 'An Ecocritical Reading of Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger'.  Contemporary Contemplations of Ecoliterature. Ed. Suresh Frederick. New Delhi: AuthorsPress. (228-266). ISBN: 978-81-7273-642-2 [Name published erroneously as C.A. Caranston,  'An Ecocritical Reading of Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger']. (37mgb) 

2009   'Literary Ecoconsciousness' in Reading Down Under: Australian Literary Studies Reader. Eds. Amit Sarwal and Reema Sarwal. New Delhi: SSS Publications. (379-385). ISBN No. 81-902282-1-0

2008  'Wet, in the Mindscape of the Dry' in Words on WaterLiterary and Cultural Representations. Maureen Devine and Christa Grewe-Volpp (eds). Wissenschaftliche Verlag Trier: Germany

2007  'Islands' (ecocriticism) in The Littoral Zone: Australian Contexts and their Writers. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press. (pp. 219-260).

2007  'Setting the Scene: Littoral and Critical Contexts'. Robert Zeller and CA. Cranston, in The Littoral Zone: Australian Contexts and their Writers: Ecocriticism. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi Press. (pp. 7-30).

2004  Chapter, 'C.J. Koch (1932-)'. Dictionary of Literary BiographyVolume Two Eighty Nine: Australian Writers, 1950-1975. Selina Samuels (ed.). Bruccoli Clark Layman, pp. 196-206. Available as an e-print:

2002   Chapter, 'John Morrison'. Dictionary of Literary Biography Volume Two Hundred Sixty: Australian Writers, 1915-1950. Selina Samuels (ed.).Bruccoli Clark Layman, pp.  239-249. Available as an e-print:

Journal Articles, Encyclopaedia Entries, Reviews, Interviews

 2015  Editors Note, AJE #4, pp. i-v.

2011  Editors Note AJE #1, pp. i-iii.

2009   'From Shanty to Shanti: Teaching Australian Literature in India' in  'Australian Literature in a Global World', JASAL Vol. 9, pp.1-14.

2009   'Challenging Contemporary Ecocritical Place Discourses: Military Brats, Shadow Places, and Homeplace Consumerism'. Indian Journal of Ecocriticism. Vol. 2, pp. 72-89.

2009   Review of Making Sense of Place: Exploring concepts and expressions of place through different senses and lenses. Eds. Frank Vanclay et al. Island 116 (Autumn) 73-77:

2008  'Discussing Nature as a Construction'.  Interviewed by S. Susan Deborah and Rayson K. Alex, 9th OSLE-India Newsletter (Aug) 2-6:

2007  'Water From the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch by Jean-Francois Vernay'. Commissioned article, JASAL Vol. 7, pp.116-121.

2006  (Media) Presenter, 'Preserving Health: Traditional Chinese Medicine'. Luohu TV Productions, Shenzhen China and Australia (2xDVD 130 mins):

2005  'Quaker Writers, in Van Diemen's Land'. Encyclopaedia of Religion and Nature. Bron Taylor (ed.). Thoemmes Continuum, New York, pp. 1319-1321.

2005   'James (Jim) McQueen'. Companion to Tasmanian History. Alison Alexander (ed). Hobart: Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies. p. 226.

2005  'Narrative Streams'. Island 101 (Winter): 39-52. (Non-fiction creative writing: Wildcare Nature Writing Prize, Highly Commended). Available as an e-print:

2004  'James McQueen'. Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. Eugene Benson and Len Conolly (gen.eds). Routledge (1994, rpt;) Revised entry. 
         —See also: Interview with James McQueen: 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place', Island 45 (Spring 1990) 20-26.

2004   'John Morrison'. Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. Eugene Benson and Len Conolly (gen. eds). Routledge (1994, rpt;). Revised entry.

2004   'Fortnight Diaries'. Tarkine. Ralph Ashton (ed.). World Wildlife Fund and Allen & Unwin, NSW: 32, 50, 67, 90, 96, 100, 104, 134. (Creative writing).

2004   'Timeless', CA. Cranston and Tim Thorne. Tarkine. Ralph Ashton (ed.). World Wildlife Fund and Allen & Unwin, NSW: 38. (Poetry).

2003   'Rambling in Overdrive'. Tasmanian Historical Studies 8 (2 ): 28-39. Available as an e-print:

2001   Australian Literature Gateway and Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS citation 14:2) e-published 'Sentimental Jonah's Heart of Stone'. Originally published in Australian Literary Studies, 14 (October 1989): 216-228.

2001   'Tasmanian Nature Writing and Ecocriticism'. Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century. Philip Mead (ed.). ASAL: Hobart, pp. 59-67. Available as an e-print:

2001   'A Mass of Thawing Clay'. Review of Christobel Mattingley's King of the Wilderness: the Life of Deny King in Island 87 (Spring): 122-124.

2001   'Darwin's Atrophied Brain'. Review of Mary E. Gillham's Island Hopping in Tasmania's Roaring Forties in Island 86 (August): 23-26.

Academic Presentations and Conferences (since 2000)


October  Public Lecture, 'Struggling for a Foothold: Demonising Thylacines, Devils, and Island Politics', U. of Prince Edward Island, Canada

October  Public Lecture (Biology Dept): '"Islands are where Species go to Die" [Quammen]:Tasmanian Devils and Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD)', Duffy Science Centre, U. of Prince Edward Island, Canada


February  Invited speaker, 'Islands: a comparison', U. of Hawai'i-Hilo


Conference Convener: The Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture-Australian and New Zealand, 3rd Biennial International Conference, 'Sounding the Earth: Music, Language, Acoustic Ecology' held in Launceston at the Inveresk Cultural Precinct, on 20, 21, 22 October (Photos can be found on the ASLEC-ANZ website). 


February   Plenary speaker. '(Hydro)power and the (de)formation of Identity in the case of Richard Flanagan', Representation of Region and Nation in Literary and Culture Studies Conference, U. of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.  U. Madras In-House Publication pdf.

March  'The Eco-Story behind the Paper', Madras Christian College, OSLE-India.

April   'Ecocriticism for Beginners', Queen Mary's College, Chennai, TN.


September 'Sustainable Communities: A Military Brat's Perspective'. ASLE-ANZ (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Australian-NewZealand), RMIT, Melbourne.

July  'From Shanty to Shanti'. ASAL (Association for the Study of Australian Literature), Wollongong University, NSW.

April  (Invited Speaker, Public Lecture): 'Ecocriticism Down Under'.  Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.

April 'Pre-Colonial Imaginings: Post-Colonial Footprints'.  OSLE-India (Organisation for the Study of Literature and the Environment) seminar, Madras Christian College, Chennai, India. (Tertiary Institution).


June 'Black Politics, Green Behaviour: the Legacy of Oodgeroo Noonucall of Minjerriba'. ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment), Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Tertiary Institution)

March (Guest Speaker, Public Lecture): 'I'd Rather be Hiking: Footnotes and Footwear (and Environmental Literature)'. Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

March  'Wom(a)n and Sustainability: Theory and Praxis'. Graduate seminar, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

May  'Wet, in the Mindscape of the Dry'. EASCLE (European Association for the Study of Culture, Literature, and the Environment), Alps-Adriatic University, Klagenfurt, Austria.

July '"Shits on Adelaide"[Quote]: Shifting Images of Iron and Water'. ASAL Conference, U. of Western Australia, Perth.


June 'Cutting Corners: Salvaging Stories'. ASLE Conference, U. of Oregon.
September 'Pastoral Catastrophe: King Island transformations'. Community, Place and Change Arts Seminar, U. of Tasmania. 

May 'Ariadne in the Land of Oz', SDAS (Studies in the English Language and Literature in Slovenia), Portoroz, Slovene. 

June 'Living Sustainably: Traveler and Tourist Narratives'. Joint Paper, ASLE Conference, Boston U. Ma.
June 'WebCT: Weep CA: pedagogy and the N-Gens'. Invited paper, as a recipient of University Pioneer Award. Teaching Matters conference, Hobart, U. of Tasmania.

June 'Rambling in Overdrive'. CTHS (Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies), Hobart, U. of Tasmania.


June 'Tasmania: The Really Southern Gothic'. ASLE conference, Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University.

June 'Regionalism and the Environment'. Panel member, ASLE conference, Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University.


July 'Providence Regained: Prudent Literature', ASAL conference, Hobart, U. of Tasmania. 

August 'Performing Wilderness in a Textual Field'. Arts Seminar, U. of Tasmania. 

Nov. 'Making Places, Mapping Spaces'. Invited speaker, at The Royal Society of Tasmania, at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.




Charles Darwin's Home, Down House, Downe, Kent, UK. 

2015: Volunteering, Sarwak, Borneo, Orang-utan sanctuary. Doris (outside) looking in at the humanimal in the cage (CA. scrubbing the walls and floor).

The Wall, Bethlehem, Palestine: 'Christ at the Checkpoint' Conference.


2012: Canada: Teaching 'Island Political Ecology': CA. with Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino, Canada Research Chair in Island Studies, U. of Prince Edward Island.

2011: Kaimukanaka Falls. CA. invited speaker, 'Islands: a comparison', U. of Hawai'i-Hilo.

2010: ASLEC-ANZ 'Sounding the Earth' conference, Launceston. CA. and Tasmanian song man, Ronnie Summers.

2009: Chennai: teaching Australian Studies, University of Madras. CA.'s students exchanging plastic bags for cloth in honour of the Olive Ridley turtle.


2006: China: CA. (Media) Presenter, 'Preserving Health: Traditional Chinese Medicine'. Luo hu TV Productions, Shenzhen and Australia (2xDVD 130 mins).

2005: Taiwan: Temple to the God of Literature, ISLE conference, Xinman Island.

2004: Tasmania: CA. Interviewing Robert Horton, the last Tasmanian Bullock Driver, for Tarkine,  Ralph Ashton (ed). World Wildlife Fund.