Dominique Hecq

Dominique is an Associate Professor in Writing at Swinburne University of Technology’s Faculty of Higher Education Lilydale, where she is currently a Discipline and Research Leader.

She has a PhD in literature and a background in French and Germanic languages, with qualifications in translating. She has published in the areas of literary studies, translation, creative writing, psychoanalysis, and pedagogy. With Russell Grigg and Craig Smith, she co-authored Female Sexuality: The Early Psychoanalytic Controversies. She is also the author of eleven major creative works of which Out of Bounds (poetry) is the latest. She was awarded The New England Review Prize for Poetry in 2005 and The Martha Richardson Medal for poetry in 2006. She is the recipient of an ALTC citation for innovative practice in postgraduate teaching (2010). Dominique is the editor of Bukker Tillibul, a Journal of Writing and Practice-led Research particularly aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers.

Dominique has taught in a wide range of subjects in the areas of Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Psychoanalysis in Australia and overseas. It might therefore come as no surprise that her work crosses borders. Her writing explores notions of sexual, linguistic and cultural identification. It is often experimental. Her research aims at bridging the gap between creative writing and theory: it teases out links between creativity and the psychoanalytic teachings of Lacan whilst examining ethical and political questions underpinning intercultural, feminist, and postcolonial issues. Recent publications develop ways of applying psychoanalysis to pedagogy and extending psychoanalytic research through creative practice.

Dominique is at present working on two research projects at various stages of development: 'Writing the Unconscious: Psychoanalysis for the Creative Writer' and 'Writing, Madness and Anxiety'. Recent papers exploring the concept of 'Interactive Narrative Pedagogy as a Heuristic for Understanding Supervision in Practice-led Research' were written thanks to two consecutive Swinburne Research grants. Current research papers interrogate the notion of creative research in the ERA context. The Creativity Market: Trends in Creative Writing in the 21st Century is due out in 2011. The Ear in the Heart, a novel, Hush, a memoir of cot death, and Stretchmarks of Sun are well under way in the creative writing department. Smacked and Other Stories of Addiction is forthcoming. Dominique currently supervises a range of PhDs in practice-led research in diverse forms and with multiple foci. These include fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, poetics, performance, epistolarity, music and the art of anthologising.

In 2010 Dominique was awarded an Australian Learning & Teaching Council citation for outstanding contributions to student learning, 'for excellence in postgraduate teaching by developing and implementily highly personalised learning practics which enhance student creativity, performance, well being, social inclusion and recognition beyond academe'.