Professor Carole Ferrier

Honorary Research Associate Profess

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Carole Ferrier is a Professor of Literature and Women's Studies. Her research interests are in Women's and Gender Studies, and Critical and Cultural Studies, especially Black women authors; Australian women writers and Migrant writers; feminist and Marxist theory, and the theorising of race and ethnicity in relation to culture.

After gaining a BA Honours (London) and a PhD (Auckland), she moved in 1973 to teach in the Department of English (now the School of Communication and Arts) at The University of Queensland.

She was Director of the Women, Gender, Culture and Social Change Research Centre from the 1990s, and President of the Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association in the late 90s and early 2000s. She has been convenor of Women's/Gender Studies at UQ since the early 1990s and contributed to the growth and development of the discipline in Australia and beyond. She was also instrumental in the founding of Creative Writing as an academic research discipline at the University, and served as Director of the Australian Studies Centre.

In 1975 she was the founding editor of one of the first international second-wave feminist journals, Hecate: A Women's Interdisciplinary Journal , now in its forty-second volume, and also took over the editorship of the Australian Women's Book Review in 1999 (https://hecate.comunications-arts.uq.edu.au). She is also on the editorial boards of eight other national/ international journals.

She has published more than a hundred articles and book chapters, presented papers at seventy conferences in Australia and overseas, and regularly organised conferences at The University of Queensland. Books include: Gender, Politics and Fiction: Australian Women's Novels (UQP); The Janet Frame Reader (London: Women’s P); Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary (Melbourne UP); As Good As a Yarn with You; Letters Between Miles Franklin, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Jean Devanny, Marjorie Barnard, Flora Eldershaw and Eleanor Dark (Cambridge UP); Radical Brisbane: An Unruly History (Melbourne: Vulgar P).

Research Interests

  • Comparative transnational study of the figure of the new woman in fiction of the early twentieth century.
    Book dealing with women writers from the United States, the United Kingdom. Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the former Commonwealth
  • Book on New Zealand women's fiction
    Collaborative project with Aorewa McLeod (Auckland) and Gina Wisker (Brighton)
  • Correspondence beween Vance and Nettie Palmer
    Critical edition of manuscript material
  • Australian Working Class Writing
    Anthology of published and unpublished literature

Research Impacts

Research impact has been particularly in relation to its advocacy of the writing of women and other disadvantaged groups and making this visible in cultural history and general history; influence on the formation of new alternative canons of literary and artistic value; (re)discovery of marginalised and silenced figures from the past and of their writing and lives. Wide circulation of Hecate journal, with many subscribers including hundreds of Universities and other institutions around the world, has put the University, Queensland and Australia on the map, from the 1970s.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of London

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2015) Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

  • Radical Brisbane 1 ed. Edited by Evans, R. L. and Ferrier, C. Carlton North, Victoria, Australia: Vulgar Press, 2004.

  • Ferrier, C. Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1999.

Book Chapter

  • Ferrier, Carole (2013). Crossing borders and boundaries: ways of reading some contemporary Asian Australian women's fictions. In Shunqing Cao (Ed.), Comparative Literature: East & West (pp. 1-17) Chengdu, China: Sichuan University Press.

  • Ferrier, Carole (2010). Teaching African American women's literature in Australia: Reading Toni Morrison in the deep north. In Gina Wisker (Ed.), Teaching African American women's writing. (pp. 137-156) Basingstoke, Hampshire, U.K. ; New York, U.S.A.: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Ferrier, Carole and Jordan, Deborah (2009). Introduction: Women's narratives of Queensland. In Carole Ferrier and Deborah Jordan (Ed.), Hibiscus and ti-tree: Women in Queensland (pp. 5-18) St Lucia, Australia: Hecate Press.

  • Ferrier, Carole and Fuller, Diana (2009). Women's house, Brisbane. In Carole Ferrier and Deborah Jordan (Ed.), Hibiscus and ti-tree : Women in Queensland (pp. 236-240) St. Lucia, Qld.: Hecate Press.

  • Ferrier, Carole (2009). Women's liberation, 1965. In Carole Ferrier and Deborah Jordan. (Ed.), Hibiscus and ti-tree : Women in Queensland (pp. 225-229) St. Lucia, Qld.: Hecate Press.

  • Ferrier, Carole (2008). 'Never forget that the Kanakas are men': Fictional representations of the enslaved black body. In Merete Falck Borch, Eva Rask Knudsen, Martin Leer and Bruce Clunies Ross (Ed.), Bodies and voices : The force-field of representation and discourse in colonial and postcolonial studies (pp. 205-223) Amsterdam, The Netherlands; New York, United States of America: Rodopi B.V..

  • Ferrier, C. (2006). Ruby Langford Ginibi (26 January 1934 - ). In S. Samuels (Ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography: Australian Writers, 1975 - 2000 (pp. 110-115) USA: Thomson Gale.

  • Ferrier, C. (2004). Afterword. In R. Evans and C. Ferrier (Ed.), Radical Brisbane: An unruly History (pp. 317-321) Melbourne: Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, C. (2004). Francis Adams. In R. Evans and C. Ferrier (Ed.), Radical Brisbane: An unruly History (pp. 76-77) Melbourne: Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, C. (2004). Indentured labour. In R. Evans and C. Ferrier (Ed.), Radical Brisbane: An unruly History (pp. 51-55) Melbourne: Vulgar Press.

  • Evans, R. L., Ferrier, C. and Rickertt, J. A. (2004). Introduction. In R. Evans and C. Ferrier (Ed.), Radical Brisbane: An unruly History 1 ed. (pp. 14-18) Victoria: The Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, C. and Mansell, K. (2004). Student revolt, 1960s and 1970s. In R. Evans and C. Ferrier (Ed.), Radical Brisbane: An unruly History (pp. 266-272) Melbourne: Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, C. and Fuller, D. (2004). Women's house. In R. Evans and C. Ferrier (Ed.), Radical Brisbane: An unruly History (pp. 285-290) Melbourne: Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, C. (2004). Women's liberation. In R. Evans and C. Ferrier (Ed.), Radical Brisbane: An unruly History (pp. 254-258) Melbourne: Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, C. and Jordan, D. (2004). Women's suffrage struggles. In R. Evans and C. Ferrier (Ed.), Radical Brisbane: An unruly History (pp. 102-109) Melbourne: Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, C. (2003). "These Girls on the Right Track" : Hardy, Devanny and Hewett. In P. Adams and C. Lee (Ed.), Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment (pp. 71-87) Carlton North, Victoria, Australia: The Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, Carole (2002). 'A Whole Other Story Vibrating Within it' Some Approaches to the 'New Literatures'. In Collier, Gordon and Schulze-Engler, Frank (Ed.), Crabtracks: Progress and Process in Teaching the New Literatures in English 1 ed. (pp. 111-140) Amsterdam: Rodopi.

  • Ferrier, C. (2002). Jean Devanny (1894-1962). In S. Samuels (Ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography: Australian Writers 1915-1950 (pp. 88-98) U.S.A.: Thomson Gale.

  • Ferrier, C. (2002). Jean Devanny and Dorothy Hewett: Two Australian Industrial Fiction Writers. In D. Juraga and M.K. Booker (Ed.), Socialist Cultures East and West: A Post Cold War Reassessment 2002 ed. (pp. 139-147) Connecticut, USA: Praegar Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group.

  • Ferrier, Carole (2002). Sugar heaven and the reception of working class texts. In Nicole Moore (Ed.), Sugar Heaven (pp. 264-272) Carlton North, Vic., Australia: Vulgar Press.

  • Ferrier, C. (1999). White blindfolds and black armbands: The uses of whiteness theory for reading Australian cultural production. In B. McKay (Ed.), Unmasking Whiteness (pp. 68-78) Brisbane: Qld Studies Cen..

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Ferrier, C. (1999). The uses of whiteness theory in critical discourses of race. In: Alison Bartlett, Robert Dixon and Christopher Lee, Australian literature and the public sphere : refereed proceedings of the 1998 conference held at the Empire Theatre and the University of Southern Queensland. Australian Literature & the Public Sphere, Toowoomba, Univ. of Southern Qld, (163-171). 3-7 July, 1998.

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

  • Ferrier, C. (2002, July 06). Savage Stead. The Courier-Mail, .

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision