Two new books from our co-directors

Performance Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times and Colonial Australian Fiction are new releases from the Australian Centre. These publications contribute to our key research strands: Contemporary Australian cultural practice and the colonial Australian archive.

Performance Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) is a provocative new study of global feminist activism that opposes neoliberal regimes across several sites including Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States. The feminist performative acts featured in the book contest the aggressive unravelling of collectively won gains in gender, sexual and racial equality, the appearance of new planes of discrimination, and the social consequences of political economies based on free market ideology.

Edited by Denise Varney, Diamond, Elin, Amich, Candice. The book features articles by Denise Varney and Sandra D’Urso.

For more information about the book please visit the Palgrave Macmillan website



Colonial Australian Fiction: Character Types, Social Formations and the Colonial Economy (Sydney University Press, 2017) explores the genres in which nineteenth century characters flourished: the squatter novel, the bushranger adventure, colonial detective stories, the swagman’s yarn, the Australian girl’s romance.  The book shows colonial Australian character types are fluid, contradictory and often unpredictable. When we look closely, they have the potential to challenge our assumptions about fiction, genre and national identity.

Written by Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver.

For more information about the book please visit the Sydney University Press website

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