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.

Literary Studies

- Australian literature, including Aboriginal literature; modernism; women's writing.

Literary Theory

- Theories of reading and writing practice including aesthetics

Teaching units

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

Recent publications

2016 The Postcolonial Eye: White Australian Desire and the Visual Scene of Race (Routledge 2016, originally published by Ashgate 2012


2017 (in press) “Writing, femininity and colonialism: Judith Wright, Hélène Cixous and Marie Cardinal” in Australian Identity and Culture: Transnational Perspectives in Life Writing, edited by Paul 
Arthur, London: Anthem Press

2016  (co-author with Sandra Phillips) “From the earth out: word, image, sound, object, body, country”, Westerly 61.1:  July: 105-117

2016 “Recasting Indigenous lives along the lines of western desire: editing, autobiography, and the colonising project”, The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies Reader, edited by Ricia Anne Chansky and Emily Hipchen, Routledge, London and New York, pp.168-174. 

2015 “The production of whiteness: revisiting Roberta Sykes’s Snake Dreaming” and “Reflection”, in History, Power, Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies edited by Timothy Neale, Crystal McKinnon and Eve Vincent, Cultural Studies Review Books (CSR2), University of Technology, Broadway NSW: 408-24. 

2014 “Sovereign Bodies of Feeling—‘Making Sense’ of Country”, JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature: 14 (3): 1-9

2013 “The Strangeness of the Dance: Kate Grenville, Rohan Wilson,Inga Clendinnen and Kim Scott”, Meanjin, 72(4): 64–75

2010 “The reader becomes what she has read: reading, writing, whiteness”, 
Modern Australian Criticism and Theory, edited by David Carter and Wang Guanglin, Qingdao, China: China Ocean University Press (series Literary Theory and Criticism in English): 206–217.

2010 “What falls from view? On re-reading Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise”, Australian Literary Studies 25(4) 2010: 70–84.

2010 “Dreaming of others: Carpentaria and its critics”, Cultural Studies Review 16(2): 194–215.

2007 “Coming to matter: the grounds of our embodied difference”, Postcolonial Studies 10(3) September: 287-300.

2007 “Who is the white subject?” Australian Humanities Review 42, August  http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/AHR/

2004 “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, ACT: AIATSIS: 3-16

2004 “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: 509-524.

2004 “Recasting Indigenous lives along the lines of western desire: editing, autobiography, and the colonising project”, A/B: Auto/Biography Studies (Wisconsin USA) 19(1&2): 189-202

2003 “A picture in black and white: modernism, postmodernism and the scene of ‘race’”, Making us Modern: Australian Writing in Modernity, special issue of Australian Feminist Studies, 18(42) November: 233-244

2003 “‘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: 187-197