Rethinking the Victim: Gendered Violence in Australian Women’s Writing

Current project

This is the first project to examine gendered violence in Australian literature. It argues that literary texts by Australian women writers offer unique ways of understanding the social problem of gendered violence, bringing this often private and suppressed issue into the public sphere. 

We draw on the international field of violence studies to investigate how these writers challenge the victim paradigm and figure women's agencies. Our project includes interviews and case studies involving white, indigenous and minority women writers.

Our research will shed new light on the role of gendered violence in the diverse and interconnected cultural histories of the nation and will significantly extend the parameters of the Australian literary canon.

Funding Agency

Australian Research Council / Discovery Project Shared Grant (DP140100553)


Monash University


Associate Professor Anne Brewster

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