Alison Bartlett

Associate Professor,

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Alison Bartlett has specialised in the interesections of literary and gender analysis though literary, cultural, material, and pedagogical fields. She has been teaching English & Cultural Studies and also Gender Studies at UWA since 2005. Previously she taught literature at the University of Southern Queensland for ten years. She is a graduate of James Cook University of North Queensland with a BA Hons majoring in literature and history; a PhD applying French psychoanalytic feminist theory to contemporary Australian literary practices; and a GradCertEd (Tertiary). 

Alison has published books on Australian women's writing, maternal culture, and social cultures in the era of #metoo; she has edited books on Australian feminist objects, breastfeeding ethics, Australian literature, and postgraduate supervision, as well as editing journal issues on museum studies, social memory, breastfeeding culture, and women's writing. She has worked with the National Museum of Australia on representing the Australian women's movement, has been Chair of the Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association, and Editor of Outskirts online journal of feminist cultural studies since 2006.

Previous positions

Senior Lecturer, English, Media and Communications, University of Western Australia
Lecturer in Literature, University of Southern Queensland
Tutor in Literature, James Cook University of North Queensland

Current projects

1. Activist Legacies

Current work on feminist, environmental, and scholarly activism is appearing in:

  • Feminism and Protest Camps: Entanglements, Critique and Re-Imaginings, ed. Catherine Eschle and Alison Bartlett. Bristol UP, 2023
  • The Grammar of Gender, He i She i They Exhibition Catalogue essay, Bunbury Biennale 2021
  • The Sound of Lamentation:Hearing Maternal Academic Subjects, in (Re)Birthing the Feminine: Creating a Spaces of Motherhood in Academe, Palgrave 2020
  • Feminist Heritage Walks. Gender, Place & Culture journal, 2019
  • Situating the 1980s Australian women's peace camps. Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene, Palgrave 2018  
  • Never Again: Reflections on Environmental Responsibility After Roe 8, UWAP 2017
  • Postmatneral times and raidcal feminist thinking. Refiguring the Maternal, Routledge 2018
  • Highways, activism, and Solastalgia. TEXT Journal 22(1), 2018
  • In Search of Activism, Feminism, and Life in the Neoliberal University Outskirts 37, 2017

2. Australian Literature

  • Gendering Australian Literature. In The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature, ed. Jessica Gildersleeve. Routledge 2021.
  • Reading the 'Gold Coast Symphony' in Thea Astley's The Acolyte. Queensland Review 26.2 2019.


Teaching overview

No longer teaching


Australian Literature
Activist Legacies
Australian Feminist Histories
Feminist Objects and Affect
Feminist Pedagogy
Maternal Bodies and Breastfeeding

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Grad Cert Education (Tertiary), James Cook University (QLD)


PhD, Jamming the Machinery: Ecriture Feminine and the practice of contemporary Australian women writers, James Cook University (QLD)


BA (Hons), James Cook University (QLD)


External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh

Aug 2018Nov 2018

Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor, University of Bristol

Mar 2015Jun 2015

Research expertise keywords

  • Australian Literature
  • Australian Feminism
  • Gender And Society
  • Pedagogy
  • Australian Studies
  • Feminism
  • Australian literature—contemporary
  • Breastfeeding practices
  • Maternity and motherhood studies
  • Gender and cultural studies
  • Feminist activism
  • Australian feminist histories
  • Women's issues
  • Feminist philosophy


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