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Dr Marcella Polain

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6322, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML17.214
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6322  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.214  


Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Other WA higher ed institution, 1985.
  • Graduate Diploma, Curtin University of Technology, 1984.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Curtin University of Technology, 1982.


Recent Research Grants

  • `The stubborn murmur?: The Armenian Genocide in artistic decision.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012 - 2014,  $24,879.
  • 'Deep Within My Soul': Recovering Memory in Bilingual Early Alzheimer's Patients,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008 - 2013,  $84,302.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Creative Works

  • Polain, M., (2014), Micheline Aharonian Marcom and the hamam shoes. Westerly, Perth, W.A..
  • Uhlmann, P., Polain, M., Pedersen, F., (2014), Conversations with ghosts. inConversation, Spectrum Project Space.
  • Polain, M., (2013), The Curtain Man. antiTHESIS, Melbourne.
  • Francis, M., Pollitt, J., Leach, P., Polain, M., (2012), Quiet Beast. Quiet Beast, Venn Gallery.
  • Polain, M., (2012), A calf is an animal. Westerly, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Polain, M., (2012), Quiet beast - text. Quiet beast, Venn Gallery.
  • Polain, M., (2012), Vanessa Wallace: emerging from ground - Artist Profile. Imprint Volume 47 Number 4, Fitzroy, Victoria.
  • Polain, M., (2011), Beautiful negatives. The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and other stories, Fremantle.
  • Polain, M., (2012), Quiet beast - voice performance. Quiet beast, Venn Gallery.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Carousel - Novel. Writing Into The Apocalypse - An Examination Of The Method Of Writing Into The Dark Within The Context Of Post-apocalyptic Fiction.
  • Master of Arts,  'cooper Street'(original Screenplay) And "into The Foreground - An Examination Of Setting Within The Screenplay"
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Swamp, Walking The Wetlands Of The Swan Coastal Plain, With The Exegesis 'a Walk In The Anthropocene'.
  • Master of Arts,  'vision And Desire: Jim Morrison's Mythography Beyond The Death Of God'.
  • Master of Arts by Research,  One Night In Hong Kong A Novella And Sexuality, Desire And The Aging Female Body An Essay
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  "wonderfully Ordinary" Words From A Romantic Archive Of Elizabeth Jolley's Writing For Students: Creative Process As A Garland Of Fragments
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Homing
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Who Is It That Writes? Poetry And The Plural Self

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Death's Laughter
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Vulvodynia And Autoethnography

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Framing Anorexia: A Play Script And Multidimensional Investigation Of Anorexia.
  • Master of Arts,  The Naming Of Places.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Fabulist's Alternity & Lovecraft And The Grotesque Sublime
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Mind The Gap - An Examination Of The Pause In Modern Theatre; Shadows - A Play (major Creative Work); Bank Accounts - A Collage Of Monologues (minor Creative Work).
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Womb Artist - A Novel: Translating Late Discovery Adoptee Pre-verbal Trauma Into Narrative.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Myfriendkoolkiller
  • Master of Arts,  'inside Schizophrenia: Mending The Internal Conflict' Plus Essay On Schizophrenia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Creatively Pursuing Persona: Finding Identity Through Directing
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Historian's Daughter (a Novel) Monsters And Memory (an Essay)
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  No Place For A White Woman? An Exploration Of The Interplay Of Gender, Race And Class On Power Relations Experienced By White Western Women In Cross- Cultural Settings
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