The words between me and the moving landscape
cut me off in a remote distraction,
they merge broken with things I see.

Jack Lindsay, ‘Elegy of Ann – The Return’


As Chief Investigator on this project I have written a number of research publications – book chapters and a journal article, as well as this research web site, which also features the edited version of Lindsay’s autoexegesis, ‘The Fullness of Life: Autobiography of an Idea’.

I have also given seven papers based on the research including, in May 2017, a keynote address, ‘Jack Lindsay: Romantic Rebel’ as the Sophia Holland Annual lecture for the Australian Federation of Graduate Women (NSW).  Other papers have addressed key issues for Lindsay’s work such as interdisciplinarity and aesthetics.

In 2014 I organized a Symposium about Lindsay’s work, titled Jack Lindsay and the Politics of Knowledge, which included as keynote speaker, Helen Lindsay, daughter of Jack Lindsay.  A number of the papers were subsequently published in Australian Literary Studies Vol. 30, Issue 4 (2015).


Cranny-Francis, A. (2017)  Jack Lindsay: writer, Romantic, revolutionary. [web site]  Available at:

This web site includes pages on many aspects of Lindsay’s life and work:

  • Biography:  an essay on Lindsay’s life
  • Writing: an overview of Lindsay’s writings
    • The Fullness of Life: a scan of the original mansucript, and an edited version of the manuscript
  • Politics:  a brief overview of Lindsay’s political trajectory
    • MI5 Files:  locating the files at The National Archive of the UK;  photographs of the files with a review of their content
    • Early Politics: the politics of Brisbane in the second decade of the twentieth century; Jack’s early activism
  • Bibliographies:
    • Books written by Jack Lindsay
    • Books edited by Jack Lindsay
    • Books translated by Jack Lindsay
    • Critical writing about Jack Lindsay’s work
    • Reviews of Jack Lindsay’s work
    • Newspaper articles and Obituaries
  • About the Project: a brief introduction to the project
    • Project Outcomes: material, scholarly and intellectual outcomes & Lindsay symposium
    • Publications and papers:  publications by the C.I.; publications from the Lindsay symposium; papers by the C.I.
    • Acknowledgments

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Cranny-Francis, A. (2017) ‘Love, poetry and revolt: the embodied aesthetics of Jack Lindsay.’ In: Petrilli, S. (ed) Challenges to Living Together: Transculturalism, Migration, Exploitation for a Semioethics of Human Relations. Milan, Mimesis Press, pp.455-74.

This paper introduces Jack Lindsay’s early life and work, including the essays and poetry he wrote as a university student for the Queensland University Magazine (later named Galmahra).

Cranny-Francis, A. (2015) ‘The Fullness of Life: the poetics and politics of Jack Lindsay.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol.30, no.4, pp. 12-28.

This paper describes the provenance of Lindsay’s unpublished autoexegesis, ‘The Fullness of Life: Autobiography of an Idea’ and introduces some of the key ideas Lindsay explores in the manuscript.

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Cranny-Francis, A. (2014) ‘“and the moons smelt of oranges”: the poetics and politics of embodiment in Jack Lindsay’s poetry.’ In: Jack Lindsay, Who Are the English?: Selected Poems 1935-81. Middlesbrough, Smokestack Books, pp.13-22.

This essay, invited by editor Andy Croft, functions as a critical introduction to Jack Lindsay’s poetry.  The CI also attended the London launch of this book at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden and was invited to read a section of Lindsay’s verse declamation, Who are the English?


These essays were first given as papers at the symposium, Jack Lindsay and the Politics of Knowledge, which was chaired by the C.I. at the University of Technology Sydney on 11 April, 2014.  Selected papers were later published in Australian Literary Studies.

Lindsay, Helen. (2015) ‘Jack Lindsay and MI5: More than Surveillance.’ Australian Literary Studiesvol. 30, issue 4, pp.1-11.

Gillen, Paul. (2015) ‘Jack Lindsay’s Historical Writings.’ Australian Literary Studiesvol. 30, issue 4, pp.29-51.

Moore, Nicole. (2015) ‘A recognised trouble-maker wherever he goes’: Narrated Surveillance, Redacted Recognition and the International Reach of ASIO’s Cultural Cold War.’ Australian Studiesvol. 30, issue 4, pp.52-69.

Spittel, Christina. (2015) ‘“War’s just one black foulness”: Jack Lindsay’s The Blood Vote and the Orthodoxies of Anzac.’ Australian Studiesvol. 30, issue 4, pp.70-85.


Cranny-Francis, A. (2017) ‘Jack Lindsay: Romantic Revolutionary.’ Sophia Holland Annual Lecture, Australian Federation of Graduate Women (NSW). Sydney, 8 May.

Cranny-Francis, A. (2014) ‘Jack Lindsay’s biopolitics: sensory engagement as political practice.’ Jack Lindsay and the Politics of Knowledge Symposium, UTS. 11 April.

Cranny-Francis, A. (2013) ‘Researching Jack: objects, feelings, memory and understanding in my work on Jack Lindsay.’ Animate Archive symposium, Transforming Cultures Research Centre, UTS, 15 August.

Cranny-Francis, A. (2012) ‘Jack Lindsay, The Fullness of Life: Autobiography of an Idea.’ Non-Fiction Now Conference, RMIT, Melbourne. 21-24 November.

Cranny-Francis, A. (2011) ‘To be or not to be (disciplinary): the nature of interdisciplinarity and the production of contemporary knowledges.’ Knowledge/Culture/Social Change International Conference, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney. 7-9 November.

Cranny-Francis, A. (2011) ‘Achieving Fullness: Jack Lindsay’s renegotiation of embodied subjectivity.’ Transforming Cultures Research Centre seminar series, UTS. 25 May.

Cranny-Francis, A. (2010) ‘Mixing it up: interdisciplinary research and teaching and/as Cultural Studies,” Australasian Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Byron Bay. 7-9 December.