Dr Alison Ravenscroft

Associate Professor

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Creative Arts and English

Humanities 2, room 508, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Hons - Melbourne), PhD (Monash).



Area of study


Brief profile

Alison Ravenscroft's writings on Australian neo-colonialism and its performance in reading and writing practices have been published in international journals such as Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies Review, Australian Feminist Studies, Australian Humanities Review, and Auto/Biography, as well as in edited collections. Her book The Postcolonial Eye (Ashgate 2012; Routledge 2016) considers questions of the visual field of race and desire. She also writes in forms outside the traditional academic ones. She has been a winner of the Josephine Ulrich Literature Award.

Research interests

Creative Writing

- Please contact me to discuss a topic.

- Short and longer forms of creative fiction and creative non fiction

Literary Studies

- Australian literature, especially Aboriginal literature; modernism; aesthetics including form and style

- Form and style; Australian literature, including Aboriginal literature

Literary Theory

- And cultural theory, including theories of gender, sexuality and embodiment

Teaching units

  • ENG3NOV: Novels of Love and War
  • ENG4POE: Poetics, Aesthetics, Performativity
  • CRA3EAP: Editing and Publishing

Recent publications

  • The Postcolonial Eye: forthcoming 2011
  • ‘A reader becomes what she has read: reading, writing, whiteness’, in Modern Australian Criticism and Theory, edited by David Carter & Wang Guanglin, China Ocean University Press, 2010: 206-217.
  • ‘Dreaming of others: Carpentaria and its critics’, Cultural Studies Review, 16(2) 2010: 194-224.
  • ‘What falls from view?: on re-reading Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise’, Australian Literary Studies, forthcoming 2010.
  • ‘Coming to matter: the grounds of our embodied difference’, Postcolonial Studies, 10(3) September 2007: 287-300.
  • ‘Who is the white subject?’ Australian Humanities Review, 42, August 2007 
  • ‘Anxieties of dispossession: whiteness, history and Australia’s war in Viet Nam’, in Aileen Moreton-Robinson (ed.) Whitening Race: Essays in Cultural Criticism in Australia, Canberra, AIATSIS, 2004: 3-16.
  • ‘The girl in the picture and the eye of her beholder: Viet Nam, whiteness, and the disavowal of Indigeneity’, Continuum, Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 18 (4) December 2004: 509-524.
  • ‘Recasting Indigenous lives along the lines of western desire: editing, autobiography, and the colonising project’, A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, 19(1&2) 2004: 189-202.
  • Editor, Making us Modern: Australian Women in Modernity, special issue of Australian Feminist Studies, 18(42) November 2003.
  • ‘A picture in black and white: modernism, postmodernism and the scene of “race”’, Making us Modern: Australian Women in Modernity, special issue of Australian Feminist Studies, 18(42) November 2003: 233-244.
  • ‘”Curled up like a skinny black question mark”: the irreducibility of gender and race in Vivienne Cleven’s Bitin’ Back’, Australian Feminist Studies, 18(41) July 2003: 187-197.

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