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

    6009 Perth


  • 156 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
1993 …2019
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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.  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, discourse, and practices of flirting after #MeToo, with an emphasis on Australian popular culture. Now available 

2. Activist Legacies
Current work on feminist, environmental, and scholarly activism is appearing in:

  • 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

3. Place and Music in AustLit
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
ENGL3300 Australian Literature
ENGL4107 Australian Literary Cultures
SOCS5004 Doing Gendered Research


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

Education/Academic qualification

Grad Cert Education (Tertiary), James Cook University Queensland


PhD, James Cook University Queensland


BA (Hons), James Cook University Queensland


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


  • 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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Research Output 1993 2019

in situ

Flirting in the Era of #MeToo: Negotiating Intimacy

Bartlett, A., Cover, R. & Clarke, K., May 2019, 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 116 p. (Palgrave Pivot)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

popular culture
51 Downloads (Pure)

Reading the 'Gold Coast Symphony' in Thea Astley's The Acolyte

Bartlett, A., 3 Dec 2019, In : Queensland Review. 26, 2, p. 232-244 14 p., 5.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

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


Projects 2007 2019


John Barrett Award for Australian Studies (Open Category)

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


Activities 2004 2019

  • 6 Examination
  • 4 Editorial activity
  • 1 Public lecture, debate or seminar

Disintegration and the Feminine in the Landscape

Alison Bartlett (Examiner)
4 Aug 2019

Activity: HDR studentsExamination

Portraits of Maternity

Alison Bartlett (Speaker)
11 Oct 2019

Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar

Academic Women in Neoliberal Times

Alison Bartlett (Examiner)

Activity: HDR studentsExamination

Press / Media

Role Play

Alison Bartlett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media