This book is based on a doctoral thesis written at the University of Melbourne. I would like to thank Professors Ken Ruthven and Chris Wallace-Crabbe for their supervision throughout my candidature. My thanks go to the following people for their help with this project at various stages throughout the years: Denise Anderson, Ruth Blair, Anne Brewster, Scott Brook, Suzanne Eggins, Nicholas Horne, Peter Kuch, Jan McKemmish, Diane Parker, Kate Parker, Fiona Ring, and Liz Thompson. I am grateful to the academic readers for Routledge, whose comments were encouraging and very useful in helping me revise my manuscript for publication. Most of the ideas in this book were originally tested over seven years of conferences for the Australian Association of Writing Programs. The response from participants at these conferences provided an invaluable forum to test and develop my ideas. I am indebted to my parents, Helen and David Dawson, for their support. Finally, my greatest acknowledgement must be reserved for my wife, Vanessa, whose unwavering support is a daily blessing, and for whom my love is boundless.
Sections from this book have been published in different form in Cultural Studies Review, Westerly, and Southern Review. A condensed version of Chapter 4 originally appeared in 'Creative Writing in Australia: The Emergence of a Discipline', TEXT 5.1 (2001)