Rethinking the Victim: Gender and Violence in Contemporary Australian Women’s Writing
By Anne Brewster and Sue Kossew
March 14, 2019
Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures
Monograph, Hardback, e-book, 240pp
This book is the first to examine gender and violence in Australian literature. It argues that literary texts by Australian women writers offer unique ways of understanding the social problem of gendered violence, bringing this often private and suppressed issue into the public sphere. It draws on the international field of violence studies to investigate how Australian women writers challenge the victim paradigm and figure women’s agencies. In doing so, it provides a theoretical context for the increasing number of contemporary literary works by Australian women writers that directly address gendered violence, an issue that has taken on the urgent social and political currency.