Associate Professor Anne Collett 

Associate Professor Anne Collett

Position: Associate Professor - English Literatures
Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA (Queensland), PhD, PGCE 
Location: 19:1089
Phone:   +61 2 4221 3736


Anne is a member of the English Literatures Program with a particular interest in 19th and 20th centuries, inclusive of Romanticism, Modernism, and Postcolonialism. She teaches ENGL229 - Romantics, ENGL264 - Modernism and ENGL266 - Victorians. Anne’s research interests lie primarily in the exploration of relationship between politics and poetics, and the intersection of race and gender. She has published widely on postcolonial 20th century women writers. Her current projects include a comparative study of gendered postcolonial modernity in the work of Australian poet Judith Wright and Canadian artist Emily Carr (with Dorothy Jones); a monograph on Caribbean poet, Kamau Brathwaite; and a study of the impact of poetry on the anti-apartheid movement in Australia and New Zealand.

Anne is the editor of Kunapipi: journal of postcolonial writing & culture. Special issues include ‘South-East Asia’ (2010), ‘African Diaspora & Popular Culture’ (2008), ‘Birds’ (2007), ‘The Kookbook’ (2006), ‘Women of the South Pacific’ (2005).  Information about subscription, contribution, current, forthcoming and past issues can be found at (website currently being renovated and updated).

Selected Publications

Searchable RIS publications from 2000 to date

  • Forthcoming, ‘Establishing an Australian/Caribbean Alliance: Stories passed on by Penny van Toorn and Olive Senior’ Australian Literary Studies 25.4 (2011).
  • 2011, ‘Writing Freedom: Nadine Gordimer and The New Yorker’ in Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, eds S. Bassie & A. Oboe.
  • 2010, The Unsociable Sociability of Women's Lifewriting, eds. Anne Collett and Louise D’Arcens, Palgrave Macmillan, UK.
  • 2010, ‘Size matters: the oppositional self-portraiture of Emily Carr’, in Collett & D'Arcens (eds), The Unsociable Sociability of Women's Lifewriting, Palgrave Macmillan, UK.
  • 2010, ‘Playing with Water: elements of the sublime in the domestic domain’, in Poets & Perspectives: Kate Llewellyn, ed. P. Sharrad,University of Wollongong Press, Wollongong, pp.113-128.
  • 2010, ‘A simple lust: Dennis Brutus and the Anti-Apartheid Campaign’, in The SInet 2010 eBook, ed. Helen Yeatman, Social Innovation Network (SInet) University of Wollongong, Wollongong, pp. 70-82.
  • 2009, 'Of Sages and Sybils: Alec Hope and Judith Wright', Australian Literary Studies 24.1: 66-77.
  • 2009 (with Dorothy Jones), 'Gendered tree-scapes in the art of Emily Carr and Judith Wright', Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, 42.3: 75-94.
  • 2009, 'The Significance of the Littoral in Beverley Farmer's Novel, The Seal Woman', Australian Literary Studies 24.3-4: 121-132.
  • 2009, 'Sex and the city: Eliot and Woolf's vision of post-WWI London', Virginia Woolf Miscellany 75: 10-13.
  • 2009, "Ritual Masking and Performed Intimacy: The Complex 'I' of Edward Kamau Brathwaite's Life Poem." Life Writing 6.1: 97-110.
  • 2008, “The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Kate Llewellyn's Self Portrait of a Lemon.” Antipodes 22:2: 111-115.
  • 2008 "Ambitious Angel: Jean Battten and the performance of gender in a man's country." Impact of the Modern: Vernacular Modernities in Australia 1870s-1960s. ed. Robert  Dixon & Veronica  Kelly. Sydney: Sydney University Press, pp.109-124.
  • 2008, “Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake: trafficking woman.” Victorian Traffic: Identity, Exchange, Performance. ed. Sue Thomas. UK: Cambridge Scholars, pp.143-162.
Last reviewed: 28 November, 2017