School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Dr Adrian Caesar

Dr Adrian Caesar

Phone: +61 2 6268 8845
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Professional Background

Adrian Caesar is a graduate of Reading University, UK (B.A. Hons, Ph.D.) but has lived and worked in Australia for over twenty years. He has held appointments at the Flinders University of South Australia, University of New England and ANU. For sixteen years he worked in the School of English at UNSW Canberra. He has extensive experience as a teacher of English Literature from Chaucer to Modernism, including critical theory and creative writing. In 1997 he was given a UNSW Canberra award for teaching excellence.

In his role as a writer, Adrian Caesar has contributed to literary life locally and nationally. He has been an invited participant at many events and readings, including literary festivals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, and Canberra.

Research Interests

Adrian Caesar has research interests in English and Australian war literature, British literature of the 1930s, and Twentieth Century poetry.


Adrian Caesar’s book publications comprise four prose works and four books of poetry. His poetry titles are: Hunger Games, Polonius Press, 1996; Life Sentences, Molonglo Press, 1998; The June Fireworks: New and Selected Poems, Molonglo Press, 2001; and, High Wire, Pandanus Press, 2005. His prose works are: Dividing Lines: Poetry, Class and ideology in the 1930s, Manchester University Press, 1991; Taking it Like a Man: Suffering, Sexuality and the War Poets, Manchester University Press, 1993; Kenneth Slessor, Oxford University Press, 1995; and, The White: Last Days in the Antarctic Journeys of Scott and Mawson 1911-1913, Picador, 1999. The White won the Nettie palmer prize for non-fiction in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2000, and the A.C.T. Book of the Year, 2000