Associate Professor Anne Brewster

BA Adel, PhD Flinders

School of the Arts & Media


+61 2 9385 2302
+61 2 9385 6812
215, Level 2 Robert Webster
Kensington Campus



    • Brewster A, 2016, Reading Aboriginal Women's Life Stories, Sydney University Press
    • Brewster A, 2015, Giving This Country a Memory, 1st, Cambria Press, Amherst, New York
    • Brewster AR, (ed.), 2000, Those Who Remain Will Always Remember: An Anthology of Aboriginal Writing, Original, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, Perth

    Book Chapters

    • Brewster A, 2019, 'Laughter and the Indigenous trickster Aesthetics of Marie Munkara's Every Secret Thing', in Collett A; Dale L (ed.), Postcolonial Past and Present, edn. first, Brill Rodophi, Boston, pp. 103 - 120,
    • Brewster A, 2018, 'Australian Aboriginal Women's Protest Poetry: Jeanine Leane', in Srinivasan MP (ed.), Multiculturalism and the Social Fabric in Australia, America and India, edn. first, Emerald Publishers, Chennai, India, pp. 319 - 329,
    • Brewster A, 2017, 'Australian Aboriginal Women's Protest Poetry', in Devaleena Das and Sanjukta Dasgupta (ed.), Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing, edn. 1, Springer (Palgrave Macmillan), Cham, Switzerland, pp. 245 - 260,
    • Lykke N;Brewster A;Davis K;Koobak R;Lie S;Petö A, 2014, 'Editorial introduction', in Writing Academic Texts Differently: Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing, pp. 1 - 13,
    • Brewster A, 2014, 'Making language your own: Brainstorming, heteroglossia and poetry', in Writing Academic Texts Differently: Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing, pp. 180 - 193,
    • Brewster A, 2014, 'Whiteness and affect; the embodied ethics of relationality', in Writing Academic Texts Differently: Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing, pp. 62 - 79,
    • Brewster A, 2014, ''Our Body is the First Sovereignty': Anne Brewster interviews Romaine Moreton', in Aboriginal Australians and Other 'Others', edn. 1, Les Indes Savantes, paris, pp. 25 - 38,
    • Brewster A, 2014, 'Gallows humour and Stereotyping in Nyungar Writer Alf Taylor's Short Fiction: A White Cross-Racial Reading', in Neumeier B; Schaffer K (ed.), Decolonizing the Landscape: Indigenous Cultures in Australia, edn. 1st, Brill, pp. 233 - 253,
    • Rosenfeld M;Sajó A, 2012, 'Introduction', in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law,
    • Brewster A, 2012, '16(b) Indigenous writing in Australia and New Zealand', in The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature, pp. 511 - 538,
    • Brewster AR, 2012, 'Indigenous Writing in Australia and New Zealand', in Quayson A (ed.), The Cambridge History of Postcolonial Literature, edn. 1st, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 511 - 538
    • Brewster AR, 2010, 'A Critique of Bharati Mukherjee’s Neo-Nationalism', in Mandal S (ed.), Bharati Mukherjee : critical perspectives, edn. 1st ed., Pencraft Books, New Delhi, pp. 25 - 38
    • Brewster AR, 2010, 'Critical Whiteness Studies and Australian Indigenous Literature', in Carter D; Guanglin W (ed.), Modern Australian Criticism and Theory, edn. 1st, China Ocean University Press, Qingdao, pp. 190 - 205
    • Brewster AR, 2010, 'The Freedom to Discompose: The Poetry of Kamala Das', in Kohli D (ed.), , edn. Revised, Pencraft Books International, New Delhi
    • Brewster A, 2009, 'Beachcombing: A fossicker's guide to whiteness and indigenous sovereignty', in Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, pp. 126 - 149
    • Brewster AR, 2009, ''"The Traveller's Dream": Nation and Diaspora in the Work of Boey Kim Cheng', in Thumboo E; Sui GL (ed.), Sharing Borders, edn. Original, National Library board, Singapore, Singapore, pp. 124 - 136
    • Sridharan S, 2008, 'Introduction', in Delamination Behaviour of Composites,
    • Brewster AR, 2006, 'Remembering and Forgetting Ourselves: Reading Indigenous Life Narrative', in Maver I (ed.), Critics and Writers, Revisioning Post-Colonial Studies, edn. 1st, Lexington Books, Oxford, pp. 85 - 105
    • Brewster AR, 2006, 'Anna Couani', in Samuels S (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 325: Australian writers, 1975 - 2000, edn. Original, Thomson Gale, Detroit, pp. 53 - 58
    • Brewster AR, 2004, 'Oodgeroo of the Tribe Noonuccal', in Samuels S (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 289: Australian Writers, 1950 - 1975, edn. Original, Thomson Gale, Detroit, pp. 249 - 256
    • Brewster AR, 2000, 'Colin Johnson/Mudrooroo`/Aboriginal Life Writing', in The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 627 - 628
    • Brewster AR, 1999, 'The extravagance of our need: Lyrical poetry and community in the work of Lee Tzu Pheng', in Interlogue, edn. Original, Ethos Books, Singapore, pp. 69 - 76

    Journal articles

    • Bollen J;Brewster A, 2018, 'NADOC and the National Aborigines Day in Sydney, 1957-67', ABORIGINAL HISTORY, vol. 42, pp. 3 - 30,
    • Brewster A, 2017, 'Remembering Violence in Alice Pung’s Her Father’s Daughter: The Postmemoir and Diasporisation', Life Writing, vol. 14, pp. 313 - 325,
    • Brewster A, 2014, 'Negotiations of Violence and Anger in Aboriginal Novelist Melissa Lucashenko's Hard Yards', Contemporary Women's Writing, vol. 8, pp. 339 - 353,
    • Brewster AR, 2011, 'Can you anchor a shimmering nation state via regional indigenous roots? Kim Scott talks to Anne Brewster about That Deadman Dance', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 18, pp. 4 - 21
    • Brewster AR, 2011, 'Whiteness and Indigenous Sovereignty in Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance', Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia, vol. 2, pp. 60 - 71,
    • Brewster A, 2010, 'Indigenous sovereignty and the crisis of whiteness in Alexis Wright's Carpentaria', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 25, pp. 85 - 100
    • Brewster AR, 2009, 'Travelogue', Outskirts: Feminisms along the edge, vol. 20,
    • Brewster A, 2008, 'Humour and the defamiliarization of whiteness in the short fiction of Australian indigenous writer alf taylor', Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 44, pp. 427 - 438,
    • Brewster AR, 2008, 'An Interview with Arthur Yap', Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, vol. 2, pp. 97 - 108,
    • Brewster AR, 2008, 'Engaging the Public Intimacy of Whiteness: The Indigenous Protest Poetry of Romaine Moreton', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL), pp. 56 - 76,
    • Brewster A, 2007, 'Brokering cross-racial feminism: Reading indigenous Australian poet Lisa Bellear', Feminist Theory, vol. 8, pp. 209 - 221,
    • Brewster AR, 2007, '`That child is my hero`: an interview with Alf Taylor', Aboriginal History, vol. 31, pp. 165 - 177
    • Brewster AR, 2007, 'The Stolen Generations: Rites of Passage. Doris Pilkington interviewed by Anne Brewster', Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 42, pp. 143 - 159
    • Brewster AR, 2005, 'Interview with Anna Couani', Hecate, vol. 31, pp. 31 - 42
    • Brewster AR, 2005, 'The Poetics of Memory', Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol. 19, pp. 397 - 402
    • Brewster AR, 2005, 'Remembering Whiteness: Reading Indigenous Life Narrative', Borderlands e-journal, vol. 4
    • Brewster AR, 2005, 'Writing Whiteness: The personal turn', Australian Humanities Review, vol. 35
    • Brewster AR, 2005, 'Fractured Conversations: Indigenous Literature and White Readers. A reading of the poetry of Lisa Bellear.', Altitude, vol. 5
    • Brewster AR, 2004, 'soundAFFECTs', TEXT, vol. 8,
    • Brewster AR, 2004, 'Interview with Leslie Scalapino',, vol. 2
    • Brewster AR, 2003, 'The Beach as `Dreaming Place`: Reconciliation, he Past and the Zone of Intersubjectivity in Indigenous Literature', New Literatures Review, vol. Vol. 40, pp. 33 - 41
    • Brewster AR, 2003, 'Strangeness, Magic and Writing', Cultural Studies Review, vol. Vol.9, pp. 157 - 163
    • Brewster AR, 2003, 'Intersubjectivity, Whiteness and Race: Reading Indigenous Life Stories (With particular reference to Ambrose Mungala Chalarimeri`s The Man From Sunrise Side)', Working Papers on the Web, vol. Vol.5
    • Brewster AR;Smith H, 2002, 'ProsThetic Memories', Salt, vol. Vol.16, pp. 199 - 211
    • Brewster AR, 2002, '`everyone is connected in the thrash`: the bed and the globe in Juliana Spahr`s `Fuck you - Aloha - I love you`',, vol. Vol.1.
    • Brewster AR, 2002, 'Aboriginal life writing and globalisation: Doris Pilkington`s Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence', Australian Humanities Review, vol. Issue 25

    Conference Papers

    • Brewster A, 2009, 'Indigenous sovereignty in the poetry of Romaine moreton', in Australian Literary Studies, pp. 108 - 120
    • Brewster AR, 2009, ''Teaching the Tracker in Germany: a Journal of Whiteness'', in The Racial Politics of Bodies, Nations and Knowledges, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp. 228 - 318, 01 January 2009
    • Brewster AR, 2004, 'Revisiting the Idea of Home', in Burke JMM; Langford M (eds.), Ngara: 4th Australian Poetry Festival, Ngara: 4th Australian Poetry Festival, Sydney, pp. 71 - 75, presented at Ngara: 4th Australian Poetry Festival, Sydney, 04 - 11 September 2004
    • Brewster AR, 2003, 'Adolescence and the post-65 Generation: Colin Cheong`s The Stolen Child', in Sankaran C (ed.), 9th Biennial Symposium on the Literatures and Cultures of the Asia-Pacific Region, 9th Biennial Symposium on the Literatures and Cultures of the Asia-Pacific Region, Singapore, pp. 149 - 156, presented at 9th Biennial Symposium on the Literatures and Cultures of the Asia-Pacific Region, Singapore, 01 - 01 December 1999


    Creative Written Works

    • Brewster A, 2015, Heart, 'Whaddya Know?' Writings for Syd Harrex, Blaber B, (ed.), Wakefield Press
    • Brewster A, 2012, Travelogue, Engaging with Literature of Commitment; The Worldly Scholar, eds Collier et al, Amsterdam: Rodophi 2012, Rodophi
    • Brewster AR;Smith H, 2003, Affections: Friendship,Community, Bodies, Text: Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs., Griffith Univ

Teaching and Supervision

Anne has won a UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision (2008).

She welcomes requests to supervise PhD, MA and honours students

Her current postgraduate supervisions include:

  • Alissa Coons "Voluntary Exiles, Incidental Immigrants: Episodes from Globalised Lives" (non-fiction novel and scholarly dissertation).
  • Anne Cossins The Night the Cemetery Talked (novel)
  • Vanessa Alexander Female Comedy (television script and scholarly dissertation)
  • Robin Hemley A Manifesto for Limbo (novel) and "Speculation and Conjecture in Contemporary Nonfiction
  • Jacqueliene Bailey "Writing as an Act of Giving" (fictionalised memoir and scholarly dissertation)

Her past supervisions include:


  • Charlotte Wood (2016) The Natural Way of Things (novel) and “Looking for Trouble: Problem-finding Processes in Literary Creativity”
  • Suzette MayrConcrete Swans(novel) and “The Architecture of Bad Dreams: The Sentient House in Australian and Canadian Literature
  • Roanna Gonsalves (2016) Up Sky Down Sky Middle Water (short stories) and “Writer vs Money: Negotiating the Field of English Literature in English”
  • Luther Uthayakumaran (2015) Judgement (novel) and “Pain at midnight: Representation of trauma and justice in Sri Lankan civil war literature”
  • Sue Parker (2015) Winter, the Trees (novel) and “The Spatial Field of Plots: Space, Time and Plot in Joseph Furphy’s Such is Life”
  • Marygai Hayllar (2012) ‘Framing the Hayllar Sisters: A Multi-genre Biography of Four English Victorian Painters’ (biography and scholarly dissertation)
  • Mette Jakobsen (2010) Skeleton Bird (novel) and “Into the Wood”
  • Diane Powell (2007) “Reverberations: An Exploration of Memory and Cultural Identity” (fictocritical thesis)
  • Rebecca Housel (2007) “My Truth: Women Speak Cancer” (fictocritical thesis)
  • Jenny Breukelaar (2007) Viper (novel) and “Heroics of the False: A New Look at Noir”
  • Rebecca Curran (2007) “Internal Difference/Where the Meanings are: A Theory of Productive Mourning” (fictocritical thesis)
  • Paula Abood (2006) Shaharazad (stories) and “The Arab as Spectacle: Race, Gender and Representation in Australian Popular Culture”
  • Ben Peek (2006) A year in the city (novel) and dissertation
  • Andrew Watts (2006) Fragments of a Former Moon (novel) and “Metonymy and Trauma: Re-presenting Death in the Literature of W.G. Sebald”
  • Eric Hansen (2005) Friction: "the umbrella encounters the sewing machine" (fictocritical thesis)
  • Souk-Yee Wong (2004) Expelled (novel) and “Negotiating Nationalist Discourse: Singaporean Resistance Literature”

MA (Research)

  • Luther Uthayakumaran (2003) “To Speak of Silence: Post-coloniality and the Narration of Pain in Context of the Civil War in Sri Lanka” (stories and scholarly dissertation

Undergraduate Courses

Anne convenes

  • ARTS 3024 Writing Bodies
  • ARTS3034 Advanced Creative Writing

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