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Associate Professor Dominique Hecq

Associate Professor - Writing


Dominique Hecq is an Associate Professor in Writing at Swinburne University of Technology's Faculty of Health Arts and Design. 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 thirteen major creative works and over one hundred shorter compositions which have won many awards, including The Martha Richardson Medal for Poetry and the New England Review Prize for Poetry. She is the recipient of an ALTC citation for innovative practice in postgraduate teaching (2010). Dominique is the editor of Bukker Tillibul: The Journal of Writing and Practice-led Research particularly aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers. She also co-edits Double Dialogues and Psychoanalysis Lacan.

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: 'The Editing of Madness: Artaud, Duras, Joyce' and 'Rehearsals of the Future: From Anonymous to Authority, a study of parody in key French and Australian texts from Madame de Lafayette’s La Princesse de Clèves to Marion May Campbell’s KonKretion. Current research papers interrogate contemporary meanings for creativity and notions of creative research and excellence in the ERA context. ‘The Ear in the Heart,’ a novel, ‘Hush,’ a fugue, and ‘Smacked and Other Stories of Addiction’ are in preparation. Dominique currently supervises a range of PhDs in practice-led research in diverse forms and with multiple foci. These include fiction, creative non-fiction and poetics. She also supervises academic dissertations in literature and psychoanalysis.

Recent books include:

  • Hecq, D. (2015). Towards a Poetics of Creative Writing. Bristol. Buffalo, Toronto: Multilingual Matters.
  • Grigg, R., Smith, C., & Hecq, D. (2015). Female Sexuality: The Early Psychoanalytic Controversies. London: Karnac Books. (Republished)
  • Hecq, D. (2014). Stretchmarks of Sun. Melbourne: Re.Press.
  • Hecq, D. (Ed). (2012). The Creativity Market: Creative Writing in the 21st Century. Bristol; Buffalo: Multilingual Matters.
  • Hecq, D. (2009). Out of Bounds. Prahran, Vic: Re.Press. [Poetry]
  • Languages spoken: English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish (rudimentary).

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.'

More recently, she won the inaugural Australian Association of Literary Translators’ first prize for translation in the poetry stream from Spanish to English (2014).

Research interests

Communication, Journalism and Media Studies

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Literature, Psychoanalysis, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetics

Fields of Research

  • Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) - 190402

Teaching areas

Communication, Journalism and Media Studies


  • 2014, Swinburne, FHAD Award for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (With J. Arnold, C. Beasley and J. Novitz), Swinburne University Of Technology
  • 2014, Swinburne, Award for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Swinburne
  • 2014, National, AALITRA Inaugural Prize Winner for Literary Translation, Poetry Stream (Spanish to English), Australian Association for Literary Translation
  • 2010, National, Australian Learning and Teaching Citation for Enhancing Post-graduate Experience & Learning, Office for Learning and Teaching, Australian Government
  • 2009, Swinburne, Lecturer of the Year, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2007, International, Judith Wright Prize for Poetry: Shortlisted for ‘Fire relies on the leaves of gum trees’, Overland: Literary and Cultural Magazine
  • 2007, National, Daffodil Day Awards: Fiction Prize runner up for ‘Lucky’, Cancer Council
  • 2005, International, The New England Review Poetry Competition: First Prize for ‘Cross Tide’, New England Review
  • 2005, National, Poetica Christi Award for Poetry for ‘The Lining of the Land’, Poetica Christi Press
  • 2004, International, New England Review National Poetry Competition: Commended Award for ‘Labyrinth’, New England Review
  • 2004, Other, My Brother Jack National Short Story Competition: Short-listed for ‘Rrose Selavy’, Glen Eira Arts Council
  • 2004, International, Melbourne Poets Union National poetry Competition: Highly Commended Award for ‘Cross Tide’, Melbourne Poets Union Inc.
  • 2002, National, Woorilla Australian Summer Short Story Competition: 1st Prize for the story ‘On How to Make a Midsummer Poem’, Woorilla Publishing
  • 2002, National, Poetica Christi Award for Poetry for ‘Clouds’ and ‘Woman to Child’, Poetica Christi Press
  • 2002, Other, Glen Eira Literary Awards: Short-listed for the play ‘Cakes and Pains’, Glen Eira Arts Council
  • 2002, National, Daffodil Day Award for Poetry for ‘Crabgrass’, Cancer Council Australia
  • 2000, Other, My Brother Jack National Short Story Competition: Short-listed and commended for the story ‘Noisy Blood’, Glen Eira Arts Council
  • 2000, National, Deakin Literary Society Poetry Prize for ‘Moontalking’, Deakin University
  • 2000, National, Daffodil Day Award for Poetry for ‘The Masquerade’, Cancer Council Australia
  • 1998, Other, Melbourne Fringe Festival Award for best performance of the spoken word, ‘Out of Bounds’, Melbourne Literary Festival
  • 1998, National, Daffodil Day Arts Award: Most Outstanding Award for Poetry for ‘Good Grief’ , Cancer Council Australia
  • 1997, National, Todhunter Literary Award: ‘For the Love of Lucifer’ Highly Commended, Federation of Australian Writers
  • 1997, National, Deakin Literary Society Prose Prize for ‘Sugar Snow’, Deakin University
  • 1997, National, Deakin Literary Society Poetry Prize for ‘Nude', Deakin University
  • 1997, National, A Mystical Flight Prose Highly Commended: ‘Lighting Candles in Memory’, Federation of Australian Writers


Also published as: Hecq, Dominique; Hecq, D.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2008: Bad Blood: An autobiography and family history *; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Stra

* Chief Investigator

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