School of Humanities

Feminist writing: Politics, poetics, practices



This research is interested in particular forms of writing as significantly feminist in their politics, practice and poetics.

Drawing on French philsophies of ecriture feminine by Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous, and on Australian fictocritical practices, this ongoing project understands form and content, theory and practice, embodiment and subjectivity, to critically implicate the production and circulation of knowledge.

It explores an ethical relation to language and research and is also concerned with how such research may be written, and the uses of the writing to academics, students, writers and feminists.



  • Bartlett, A. Ed. 'On Fictocriticism' Thematic Issue of Outskirts: Feminisms along the Edge 20 (2009) online
  • Bartlett, A. Jamming the Machinery: Contemporary Australian Women’s Writing. Canberra: Association for the Study of Australian Literature. 1998.


  • Bartlett, A. and  Mercer. G. ‘Mostly Metaphors: Theorising from a practice of postgraduate supervision’ Postgraduate Research Supervision: Transforming (R)Elations, Eds Alison Bartlett and Gina Mercer. New York: Peter Lang, 2001. 55-70
  • Bartlett, A. ‘Performing Theory.’ ‘Reading Bodies’ The Space Between: Australian Women Write Fictocriticism, Eds Amanda Nettelbeck and Heather Kerr. Perth: UWA Press. 1998. 79-88. 89-98.

Refereed articles

  • Bartlett, A. 'Ambient Thinking: Or, Sweating Over Theory' M/C Journal 13.2 (2010) online
  • Bartlett, A. ‘Bleeding in Fremantle: Embodying Trauma in Craig Silvey’s RhubarbWesterley 52 (2007): 192-204
  • Bartlett, A. ‘Irigaray Makes Jam’ M/C Journal: a journal of media and culture 9.6 (2006) online
  • Bartlett, A. ‘Theory, Desire, and Maternity: At Work in Academia’ Hecate 32.3 (2006): 321-33
  • Bartlett, A. ‘Dear Regina: Formative Conversations about Feminist Writing' Feminist Theory as Praxis online journal 1 (2006)
  • Bartlett, A. ‘Desire in the Desert: exploring contemporary Australian desert narratives’ Antipodes 15,2 (2001): 115-22
  • Bartlett, A. ‘Thinking through breasts: writing maternity’ Feminist Theory 1,2 (2000): 173-188.