Dr Philip Butterss

Dr Philip Butterss
  • Biography/ Background

    Phil Butterss is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. His book on the life and work of C.J. Dennis won the National Biography Award for 2015. He is writing a history of literary Adelaide from 1829 to the present.


  • Publications

    Recent publications include:



    An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Work of C.J. Dennis, Kent Town, SA: Wakefield, 2014.

    Ed., Adelaide: A Literary City, Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2013.


    Journal Articles

    ‘The Tennysons in Literary Adelaide’, Australian Literary Studies, 30.3 (2015): 110-120.


     ‘Australian Literary Studies in the 1940s: The Commonwealth Literary Fund lectures’, Australian Literary Studies 30.4 (2015): 115-127

    ‘Building Literary Adelaide, 1836-60’, Journal of Australian Studies 39.3 (2015): 344-361.


    Book Chapters


    ‘1952: The All-Singing, All-Dancing Bloke. The after-lives of C.J. Dennis’ The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke’, Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935-2012, ed. Tanya Dalziell and Paul Genoni, Clayton, Vic.: Monash University Publishing, 2013, 147-153.


     ‘English and Creative Writing: ‘the abode of ... literature; the home of poetry and fiction’, A History of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Adelaide 1876-2012, ed. Nick Harvey et al., Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press, 2012, 109-132.


     ‘“Compounded of Incompatibles”: The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke and The Moods of Ginger Mick’. Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, ed. Peter Kirkpatrick and Fran De Groen. St. Lucia: UQP, 2009. 16-27.

     ‘Introduction’ to C.J. Dennis, The Moods of Ginger Mick. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2009. v-ix.


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Entry last updated: Monday, 4 Jun 2018