Professor Bill Ashcroft


Professor and ARC Fellow
BA MA Syd, PhD ANU
School of the Arts and Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 2283
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 202, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Postcolonial Studies, Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature), Other Literatures in English, Literary Theory
Tags: School of the Arts and Media

Research

Bill Ashcroft is an Australian Professorial Fellow in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts. A founding exponent of post-colonial theory, co-author of The Empire Writes Back, the first text to examine systematically the field of post-colonial studies. He is author and co-author of sixteen books, variously translated into five languages, Including Post-Colonial Transformation (Routledge 2001), Post-Colonial Futures (Continuum 2001); Caliban's Voice (Routledge 2008) and Intimate Horizons (ATF 2009). He is the author of over 150 chapters and papers, and he is on the editorial boards of ten international journals.

Publications

    Books

    • Ashcroft B; Devlin Glass F; McCredden L, 2009, Intimate Horizons: the Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature, 1, Australian Theological Forum Press, Adelaide
    • Ashcroft B, 2008, Caliban`s Voice: The Transformation of English in Post-Colonial Literatures, Routlegde, London
    • Ashcroft B, 2007, Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies (2nd Ed), 2nd, Routledge Press, London
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, (eds.), 2006, The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (2nd ed), Second, Routledge Press, London
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, 2002, The Empire Writes Back (2nd ed), 2nd, Routledge Press, London
    • Ashcroft B; Ahluwalia P, 2001, Edward Said, 2nd, Routledge, London
    • Ashcroft B, 2001, Post-Colonial Transformation, Routledge Press, London
    • Ashcroft B, 2001, On Post-Colonial Futures: Transformations of Colonial Culture, Continuum Publishing Co, London
    • Ashcroft B; Ahluwalia P, 1999, Edward Said: the paradox of identity, Routledge Press, London
    • Ashcroft B; Tiffin H; Griffiths G, 1998, Key Concepts in Post-Colonial Studies, Routledge Press, London and New York
    • Ashcroft B, 1996, The gimbals of unease: the poetry of Francis Webb, Centre for the Study of Australian Literature, Nedlands, Western Australian

    Book Chapters

    • Ashcroft B, 2010, 'Transnation', in Wilson J; Sandru C; Welsh SL (ed.), Rerouting the Postcolonial: New Directions for the New Millenium, edn. 1, Routledge, London, pp. 72 - 85
    • Ashcroft B, 2010, 'Representation and Liberation: From Orientalism to the Palestinian Crisis', in Iskander A; Rustom H (ed.), Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation, edn. 1, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, pp. 291 - 303
    • Ashcroft B, 2010, 'The Presence of the Sacred in Patrick White', in McMahon E; Olubas B (ed.), Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays, edn. 1, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York, pp. 95 - 108
    • Ashcroft B, 2010, 'Edward Said's Humanism', in Telmissany M; Schwartz ST (ed.), Counterpoints : Edward Said's legacy, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 3 - 22
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'Literary Australias', in Sarwal R (ed.), Reading Down Under: Australian Literary Studies Reader, edn. 1, SSS Publications, New Delhi, pp. 1 - 8
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'Chicano Transnation', in Concannon K; Lomelli F; Priewe M (ed.), Imagined Transnationalism: US Latino/a Literature, Culture and Identity, edn. 1, Palgrave/Macmillan, New York, pp. 13 - 28
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'Caliban`s Voice: Writing in the Third Space', in Ikas K; Wagner G (ed.), Communicating in the Third Space, edn. 1, Routledge, London, pp. 109 - 123
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'Of New Centres and Old Margins: the Limits of the Postcolonial', in Bakshi K; Sengupta S; Paul S (ed.), Anxieties, Influences and After: Critical Responses to Postcolonialism and Neocolonialism, edn. 1, Worldview, Kolkatta, pp. 394 - 404
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'The Sacred in Australian Literary Culture', in Paranjape M (ed.), Sacred Australia, edn. 1, Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, pp. 21 - 43
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'Afterword: Travel and Power', in Kuehn J; Smethurst P (ed.), Travel Writing, Form and Empire: The Poetics and Politics of Mobility, edn. 1st, Routledge, London, pp. 229 - 241
    • Ashcroft B, 2008, 'Sugar and Slavery', in Dias MSF (ed.), Legacies of Slavery: Comparative Perspectives, edn. 1st, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 108 - 125
    • Ashcroft B, 2008, 'Caliban?s Voice: Writing in the Third Space', in Ikas K; Wagner G (ed.), Communicating in the Third Space, edn. 1, Routledge, London, pp. 109 - 123
    • Ashcroft B, 2007, 'Sugar and Slavery', in Dias MSF (ed.), Legacies of Slavery: Comparative Perspectives, edn. 1st, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 108 - 125
    • Ashcroft B, 2007, 'Exile and representation: Edward Said as public intellectual', in Curthoys N; Ganguly D (ed.), Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual, edn. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 75 - 95
    • Ashcroft B, 2007, 'The Emperor`s New Clothes', in Nation in Immigration: Essays on Nationalism, Sub-Nationalisms and Narration, edn. First, Orient Longman, Hyderabad, India, pp. 123 - 138
    • Ashcroft B, 2007, 'The Emperor`s New Clothes: Global (Dis)Affections', in Göbel W; Schabio S (ed.), Postcolonial (Dis)Affections, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, pp. 9 - 23
    • Ashcroft B, 2006, 'Post-Colonial Horizons', in (In)fusion Approach: Theory, Contestation, Limits, University Press of America, Lanhan, Md, pp. 73 - 84
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, 2006, 'Introduction to Race', in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, edn. Second, Routledge Press, London, pp. 211 - 212
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, 2006, 'Introduction to Diaspora Section', in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, edn. Second, Routledge Press, London, pp. 425 - 428
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, 2006, 'Introduction to Globalization', in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, edn. Second, Routledge Press, London, pp. 461 - 462
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, 2006, 'Introduction to The Sacred', in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, edn. Second, Routledge Press, London, pp. 517 - 518
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, 2006, 'Introduction to Environment Section', in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, edn. Second, Routledge Press, London
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, 2006, 'Introduction', in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, edn. Second, Routledge Press, London, pp. 5 - 8
    • Ashcroft B, 2005, 'Simulation, Resistance and Transformation: The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith', in Gaile A (ed.), Fabulating Beauty: Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey, edn. First, Rodopi Press, Amsterdam, pp. 199 - 214
    • Ashcroft B, 2005, 'Home and Horizon', in Vanden Driesen C; Crane R (ed.), Diaspora: The Australasian Experience, edn. First, Prestige, New Delhi, pp. 45 - 58
    • Ashcroft B, 2004, 'Rogoberta`s Lies', in Dobrez EA (ed.), An ABC of Lying, edn. First, Australian Scholarly, Melbourne, pp. 108 - 119
    • Ashcroft B, 2003, 'Edward Said: The Locatedness of Theory', in Peters M (ed.), Futures of Critical Theory, edn. First, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, pp. 261 - 274
    • Ashcroft B, 2003, 'Ireland, Post-Colonial Transformation and Global Culture', in Kuch P; Robson J (ed.), Irelands in the Asia Pacific, edn. First, Colin Smythe, Buckinghamshire, UK, pp. 176 - 195
    • Ashcroft B, 2002, 'Globalism, Postcolonialism and African Studies', in Goldberg D; Solomon J (ed.), Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies, edn. 1st, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, pp. 511 - 520
    • Ashcroft B, 2002, 'Francis Webb', in Samuels S (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography. Australian Writers, 1915-1950., edn. 1st, Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, Fasmington Hills, pp. 392 - 399
    • Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H, 2002, 'Re-Thinking the Post Colonial', in Ashcroft B; Griffiths G; Tiffin H (ed.), The Empire Writes Back, edn. 2nd, Routledge Press, London, pp. 193 - 222
    • Ashcroft B, 2002, 'The Boundaries of the State: Africa and Modernity', in African Identities, pp. 1 - 11
    • Ashcroft B; Kadhim H, 2001, 'Introduction', in Ashcroft B; Kadhim H (ed.), Edward Said and the Post-Colonial, Vova Science, Huntington, NY, pp. 9 - 15
    • Ashcroft B, 2001, 'Post-Coloniality and the Future of English', in Dele Layiwola (ed.), Understanding Post-Colonial Identities: Ireland, Africa and the Pacific, edn. 1st, Dele Layiwola, Ibadan, Nigeria, pp. 1 - 22
    • Ashcroft B, 2001, 'Worldliness', in Ashcroft B; Kadhim H (ed.), Edward Said and the Post-Colonial, Vova Science, Huntington, NY, pp. 73 - 90
    • Ashcroft B, 2000, 'Primitive and Wingless:the Colonial Subject as Child', in Dickens and the Children of the Empire, Palgrave, Hampshire, United Kingdom, pp. 184 - 202
    • Ashcroft B, 2000, 'Resistance and Transformation', in English Literature in International Contexts, Universitatsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 15 - 28
    • Ashcroft B, 2000, 'Modernism`s empire Australia and the cultural imperialism of style', in Modernism and Empire, Manchester University Press, Manchester and New York, pp. 292 - 323
    • Ashcroft B, 1999, 'Modernity`s first-born: Latin America and post-colonial transformation', in El debate de la postcolonialidad en Latinoamerica, Die Deutsche Bibliothek, Madrid, pp. 13 - 30
    • Ashcroft B; Ahluwalia P, 1999, 'A fatal sweetness: sugar and post-colonial cultures.', in Horizons in Post-Colonial Studies, Nova Science Publications, New York, USA, pp. 33 - 50
    • Ashcroft B, 1999, 'White And Deadly: Sugar and Colonialism', in Horizons in Post-Colonial Studies, Nova Science Publications, New York, USA
    • Ashcroft B, 1998, 'Irony, allegory and empire: `Waiting for the barbarians` and `In the heart of the country`', in Critical essays on J.M. Coetzee, G.K. Hall & Co, New York, pp. 100 - 116
    • Ashcroft B, 1998, 'Constructing the post-colonial male body', in The body in the library, Radolpi, Amsterdam - Atlanta, GA, pp. 207 - 224
    • Ashcroft B, 1997, 'Globalism, Post-Colonialism and African Studies', in Post Colonialism: Culture and Identity in Africa, Nova Science Publications, New York, USA, pp. 11 - 26
    • Ashcroft B, 1996, 'Against the tide of time:Peter Carey`s interpolation into history', in Writing the nation: self and country in the post colonial imagination, Rodopi Press, Amsterdam, pp. 194 - 212

    Journal articles

    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'Remembering the future: Utopianism in African literature', Textual Practice: an international journal of radical literary studies, vol. 23, no. 5, pp. 703 - 722
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'The Ambiguous Necessity of Utopia: Post-colonial Literatures and the Persistence of Hope', Social Alternatives, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 8 - 14
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'Transcultural Presence', Storia della Storiografia, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 76 - 93
    • Ashcroft B, 2009, 'Alternative Modernities: Globalization and the Post-Colonial', ARIEL, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 81 - 105
    • Ashcroft B, 2008, 'The Post-Washington Consensus: Post-colonial Globalization', Anglistica, vol. 9, pp. 11 - 32
    • Ashcroft B, 2007, 'Critical Utopias', Textual Practice: an international journal of radical literary studies, vol. 21, pp. 411 - 432
    • Ashcroft B, 2007, 'A Fringe of Leaves: The Edge of the Sacred', Lemuria, vol. 1, pp. 5 - 18
    • Ashcroft B, 2007, 'Post-Colonial Transformation and Global Culture', Australian Studies: Themes and Issues, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 13
    • Ashcroft B, 2006, 'Representation and Resistance: Edward Said 1935-2003', Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 & 2, pp. 30 - 42
    • Ashcroft B, 2006, 'Post-Colonial Globalization', Muse India: The Literary Journal, pp. 1 - 18
    • Ashcroft B, 2005, 'The Horizonal Sublime', Antipodes: a global journal of Australian/New Zealand literature, vol. 19, pp. 141 - 151
    • Ashcroft B; Devlin Glass F; McCredden L, 2005, 'The Sacred in Australian Literature: An Introduction', Antipodes: a global journal of Australian/New Zealand literature, vol. 19, pp. 124 - 126
    • Ashcroft B, 2005, 'Forcing Newness into the World: Language, Place and Nature', ARIEL, vol. 36, pp. 75 - 95
    • Ashcroft B, 2004, 'Representation and Resistance: Edward Said 1935-2003', Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, vol. 11,Nos.1&2, pp. 30 - 42
    • Ashcroft B, 2004, 'Representation and its discontents: Orientalism, Islam and the Palestinian crisis', Religion, vol. 34, pp. 113 - 121
    • Ashcroft B, 2004, 'Edward Said and Cultural Exile', Groniek, vol. 163, pp. 179 - 188
    • Ashcroft B, 2004, 'Reading Carey Reading Malley', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 21, pp. 28 - 39
    • Ashcroft B, 2004, 'England through colonial eyes in twentieth-century fiction', Clio (Ft. Wayne): a journal of literature, history, and the philosophy of history, vol. 34, pp. 224 - 229
    • Ashcroft B, 2001, 'Language and Race', Social Identities: journal for the study of race, nation and culture, vol. 7, pp. 311 - 328
    • Ashcroft B, 2000, 'Legitimate post-colonial knowledge', Mots Pluriels, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 6
    • Ashcroft B, 1999, 'Habitation', New Literatures Review, pp. 27 - 41
    • Ashcroft B, 1998, 'English studies and post-colonial transformation', Journal of Caribbean studies, vol. 12, pp. 106 - 132
    • Ashcroft B, 1998, 'Modernity's first born: Latin America and postcolonial transformation', ARIEL, pp. 7 - 29
    • Ashcroft B, 1996, 'Conversation with Edward Said', New Literatures Review, pp. 3 - 22
    • Ashcroft B, 1996, 'On the Hyphen in `Post-Colonial`', New Literatures Review, pp. 23 - 32
    • Ashcroft B, 1995, 'Interpolation and post-colonial agency', New Literatures Review, pp. 176 - 189

    Conference Papers

    • Ashcroft B; McAlpine I, 2004, 'Student Moderators in Online Discussion', in Beyond the Comfort Zone, presented at Beyond the Comfort Zone, Perth, WA, 5 - 8 December 2004
    • Ashcroft B; McAlpine I, 2002, 'Turning Points: Learning from online discussions', in ED-MEDIA 2002: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, presented at ED-MEDIA 2002 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Denver, Colorado, 24 - 29 June 2002
    • Ashcroft B, 2000, 'Beyond Identity: Australia`s Post-Colonial Future', in CONFERENCE OF THE ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AUSTRALIA - "CREATIVE CONFIGURATIONS", presented at CONFERENCE OF THE ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AUSTRALIA - "CREATIVE CONFIGURATIONS", KERALA, INDIA, 1 January 1997

Teaching

Bill Ashcroft has taught in the Faculty since 1988. He was instrumental in developing the Australian Studies program in the Faculty, the teaching of post-colonial literary studies in the School, and has developed various forms of innovative, interdisciplinary and electronic educational initiatives. Most recently he spent three years from 2005-2008 as Chair Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong.

Innovative Teaching

• Selected in 2001 to be supported by the university to prepare and deliver a fully online General Education course, first taught in Session 2 2001.

• Selected in 2001 to be one of the inaugural ITET (Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology) Fellows. The ITET scheme was designed to prepare academics to take a leading role in the university's transformation of teaching.

• Received an Outstanding Paper Award for a paper with Iain McAlpine of EdTec delivered at the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications in 2002.

• Led a team in 2002 which received a grant in the First Year Experience scheme - developed two web-assisted, modular, collaborative first year courses, with an emphasis upon improving the First Year experience of university.

• Was nominated for a WebCt Exemplary Course Award in 2003.

Postgraduate Supervision:

• Supervised over twenty PhD graduates since 1988.

• Postgraduate coordinator in the School of English.

Undergraduate Teaching:

• Australian literature, Australian Studies, and Critical Theory, Post-colonial literatures and Theory, African, Indian and Caribbean Literatures.

• Convened the Australian Studies Program from 1988 to 1993, introducing an Australian Studies major and Australian Studies MA.