Professor Susan K

Professor Susan K Martin

Professor, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) ASSC

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Peribolos East 121, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA Hons, PhD (Monash).



Membership of professional associations

Association for the Study of Australian Literature (President), Modern Language Association, InASA, AGHA, CFA.

Area of study


Brief profile

Sue Martin has taught Australian and Victorian literature and culture and is a specialist in nineteenth-century Australian fiction. She has worked on reading culture, women’s writing; gender studies and theory; spatial theory; garden history/culture; nineteenth century Victorian English fiction.

Research interests

Gender, Culture, Sexuality

- Cultures of reading, contemporary and historical book culture, garden culture,

Literary Studies

- Australian Literature


Sue Martin would be pleased to be consulted about any of her areas of Research Interest

Recent publications


Book chapters:  

  • Susan K Martin ‘Reading Culture and Reading in nineteenth-century Australia’ (12,500 words) peer reviewed article in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature Series Ed. Paula Rabinowitz. Oxford: Oxford University Press, [forthcoming 2017] WEB DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.145
  • Susan K Martin & Larissa McLean Davies (50%/50%) ‘What the Dickens?: exploring the role of canonical texts in mediating subject English in Australia’ in Required Reading: The literary and the school syllabus in Australia since 1945. Ed. Tim Dolin, Jo Jones, Trish Dowsett. Clayton: Monash University ePress, 2017
  • ‘Neo-Victorian Cities of the Dead: Contemporary Fictions of the Victorian Cemetery.’ in M.L Kohlke, & C. G. Gutleben, Neo-Victorian Cities. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2015.
  •      ‘Writing a Native Garden? Environmental language and literature in Australia’, in peer-reviewed volume Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches. New York: Routledge (arising from the Imperialism, Narrative and the Environment Seminar/Workshop, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, October 11-14, 2012), ed. Jill Didur, Elizabeth deLoughrey, Anthony Carrigan. 2015.
  •       ‘Devout domesticity and Extreme Evangelicalism: the unsettled Australian domestic of Maud Jean Franc.’ in Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand. ed. Tamara Wagner, London, Pickering and Chatto, 2014: 111-124. <>
  •     ‘Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career.’ Copyright Agency Reading Australia Project online peer-reviewed article. 2013. [full text:]
  •    ‘2002: One Book, Two Books, One City, Many Cities: Brisbane reads together.’ Telling Stories: Australian Literary Cultures 1935-2010 isbn (print): 978-1-921867-46-0 
isbn (online): 978-1-921867-47-7, ed. Tanya Dalziell and Paul Genoni. Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2013: 525-531.
  • ‘Dissection, Anatomy Acts and the Appropriation of bodies in nineteenth-century Australia: “The Government’s Brains” and the Benevolent Asylum’. The Body Divided: Human Beings and Human 'Materials' in Modern Medical History isbn: 978047568343, ed. Sarah Ferber & Sally Wilde, History of Medical Science series. London: Ashgate, 2012: 53-74.
  • ‘Landscape and Australian Fiction’. Modern Australian Criticism and Theory: A Critical Guide, ed David Carter and Wang Guanglin, Shanghai: China Ocean University Press (series Literary Theory and Criticism in English) 2010: 41-49.
  • ‘ “Flashed from wire to wire, through the continents of the old and new world”: trafficking in imperial information between Britain and Australia at the end of the Victorian era’. Victorian Traffic: Identity, Exchange, Performance. ed. Susan Thomas. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. isbn: 9781847184559: 70-83
  • ‘”Surmounted by Stuffed Sheep”: Exhibitions and Empire in Nineteenth-century Australian Women’s Fiction.’ Seize the Day: Exhibitions, Australia and the World. ed. Kate Darian-Smith; Richard Gillespie; Caroline Jordan; and Elizabeth Willis. Melbourne: Monash University ePress, 2008. pp. 12.1–12.11.  DOI: 10.2104/sd080012
  • ‘Remembering the Self in the Colonial Garden: Gardens and Subjectivity’, Memory, Monuments and Museums. ed. Marilyn Lake.  Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2006: 182-193.
  • ‘Dead White Male Hero: True History of the Kelly Gang and Ned Kelly in Australian Fictions.’ Fabulating Beauty: Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey. ed. Andreas Gaile. Cross/Cultures 78. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005: 301-17. [requested, rewritten paper based on below]
  • ‘Dead White Male Heroes: Ned Kelly and Ludwig Leichhardt in Australian Fictions’ in Imagining Australia: Literature and Culture in the New World ed. Judith Ryan & Chris Wallace-Crabbe.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press (Harvard Committee on Australian Studies), 2004, Chapter 2: 23-52.

Refereed Articles:

  •    Larissa McLean Davies and Susan K. Martin ‘Toward Worlding Settler Texts: Tracking the Uses of Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career through the Curriculum.’ Australian Literary Studies 32.2 (19 September 2017) 7500 words.
  • Quinn Eades and Susan K Martin (50%/50%)‘The Supervision of a Hybrid Thesis: Bodies, Walking and Text’ Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research 2 (2016) [peer-reviewed Journal of National Association of Writers in Education NAWE, U.K] Print ISSN 2058-5535 and Published online February 23 2016.
  • ‘Tracking Reading in Nineteenth-century Melbourne Diaries’ Australian Humanities Review Special Issue: Revealing the Reader 56 (May 2014): 27-54.
  •    Susan K. Martin and Kylie Mirmohamadi, ‘Harry Potter’s Secret: The Rise of Publishing Sensations from Mary Braddon to J. K. Rowling’ English Studies 95 (2014): 1-18.
  • ‘One Week in Each Opening: Joseph Furphy and the Use of the Diary Form’, JASAL Furphy Centenary Issue 13.1 (2013): 1-13 .
  • ‘Apples for apples: Garden gifts, plant acquisition and exchange in nineteenth-century Australia’. Garden History [Journal of the British Garden History Society] 39.1 (2011) pp. 109-123.
  • ‘The Other Seven Little Australians: The Man Who Loved Children reads Ethel Turner’ Australian Literary Studies 25.3 (October 2010): 35-48.
  • ‘“us circling round and round”: The track of narrative and the ghosts of lost children in Such is Life.’ JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Special Issue: Spectres, Screens, Shadows, Mirrors 6 (2007): 77-93.
  • '"hurry up them Pines": Gardens in Nineteenth-Century Australian Fiction' Studies in Australian Garden History 2 (2006): 97-116. [isbn 0-9775540-0-7]
  • ‘The Newest Woman in a New World: Gender Anxiety and New Women in Turn-of-the-Century Australian Fiction’ ACH: Australian Cultural History 23 (2004): 163-176.
  • ’Monuments in the garden: the Garden Cemetery in Australia’ Postcolonial Studies 7, 3 (2004) : 333–352.
  • ‘The Wood from the Trees: Taxonomy and the Eucalypt as the New National Hero in Recent Australia Writing.’ JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature 3 (2004): 81-94.
  • 'Gardening and the cultivation of Australian national space: the writings of Ethel Turner'  Australian Feminist Studies 18, 42 (November 2003): 285-298.
  • 'Getting a Head: Dismembering and Remembering in Robert Drewe's The Savage Crows' Australian Literary Studies 21, 1 (May 2003): 54-66.
  • ‘On our selection: class, gender and the domestic garden in nineteenth-century Australia'. Australian number of Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes: an international quarterly (formerly the Journal of Garden History USA).  21, Part 1 (2001) [ISSN: 1460-1176] : 27-32.

Research projects

Copyright Agency funded 'Teaching Australia' Project with Larissa McLean Davies Education, University of Melbourne 2016

ARC-funded ‘Cities of Words: Women’s Cultures of Reading and Writing in Melbourne and Beyond’ with Senior Research Associate Dr Kylie Mirmohamadi 2010-2012