Alison Bartlett

Associate Professor, BA(Hons) GradCertEd PhD James Cook

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G37, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 148 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
1993 …2019
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Personal profile


Alison Bartlett has specialised in researching feminist literature, histories, cultures and pedagogies. 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, and contemporary maternity, and 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.

Funding overview

2018 University of Edinburgh University, IASH Visiting Research Fellow

2018 World Universities Network Research Development Fund

2016 University of Bristol, Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor 

2013 UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award

2009 National Museum of Australia

2006 University of Western Australia Research Award

2006 University of Western Australia Diversity Fund

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.  Flirting
A book coauthored with Rob Cover and Kyra Clarke will be published by Palgrave in 2019, giving some serious thought to the social relations and practices of flirting after #MeToo.

2. Activist Legacies
Current work on feminist, environmental, and scholarly activism appearing in:
Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene, Palgrave 2018  
Never Again: Reflections on Environmental Responsibility After Roe 8, UWAP 2017
Refiguring the Maternal, Routledge 2018
TEXT Journal 22(1), 2018
Outskirts Journal 37, 2017

3. Place and Music in OzLit
New work on literary relations of music and place in Australia is being presented at:
The Literary Interface conference, ANU July 2018
The Musicological Society of Australia's conference WAAPA Dec 2018


Teaching overview

ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
GEND2902 Sex Bodies Spaces: Gender in Pop Culture
ENGL2801 Reading Popular Culture
ENGL3100 Australian Literature

SOCS5004 Doing Gendered Research

Jessica Taylor PhD 2016; Kyra Clarke PhD 2015; Gerit Haas PhD 2015; Gabrielle Everall PhD 2015;Martien van Julien PhD 2014; Angelika Riyandari PhD 2013; Claire Stubber PhD 2013; Suzie Handajani PhD 2010; Sophie Sunderland PhD 2009; Xiaoqui Kang DA 2007; Jing Wang DA 2007.

I am available for supervision of projects on Australian literature and culture, feminist theory and analysis. 


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


  • 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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Projects 2007 2019

Research Output 1993 2018

A Review of Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature

Bartlett, A., 14 Jun 2018, Westerly, p. online.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

New Zealand Literature

Australian Peacemakers

Bartlett, A., 6 Mar 2018, The Feminist Revolution: the Struggle for Women's Liberation. Morris, B. & Withers, DM. (eds.). Washington: Smithsonian Books, p. 196-197 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperOther chapter contribution


Encountering public art: Monumental breasts and the Skywhale

Bartlett, A., 1 Sep 2018, Social experiences of Breastfeeding: Building bridges between research, policy and practice. Dowling, S., Pontin, D. & Boyer, K. (eds.). Bristol: Policy Press, p. 205-218 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Highways, activism, and solastalgia: Poetic responses to Roe 8

Bartlett, A. J. & Chinna, N., 30 Apr 2018, In : TEXT. 22, 1, p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Thinking - Feminism - Place: Situating the 1980s Australian Women's Peace Camps

Bartlett, A. J., 2018, Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene. Stevens, L., Tait, P. & Varney, D. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 155-174 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

peace movement


John Barrett Award for Australian Studies (Open Category)

Alison Bartlett (Recipient) & Margaret Henderson (Recipient), 10 Jul 2017

Prize/award: Prize

Activities 2004 2018

  • 4 Editorial activity
  • 3 Examination

At Her Desk: the Writing Woman’s Desire.

Alison Bartlett (Examiner)
1 May 2018

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Gender in Secondary Students’ Creative Writing: Changes in Representation Over Time

Alison Bartlett (Examiner)
1 Mar 2018

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Academic Women in Neoliberal Times

Alison Bartlett (Examiner)

Activity: Examination typesExamination

Australian Feminist Studies (Journal)

Alison Bartlett (Member of editorial board)
1 Jan 20051 Jan 2015

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

Outskirts: Feminism Along the Edge (Journal)

Alison Bartlett (Editor in chief)
1 Jun 20051 Jun 2025

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

Press / Media

Role Play

Alison Bartlett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media