Dr Alison

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
  • ENG4CAL: Contemporary Approaches to Literature

Recent publications

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



2017 “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.


Older publications


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