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Researcher: Johnston, A (Associate Professor Anna Johnston)

Fields of Research

Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Literary studies
Globalisation and culture
Comparative and transnational literature
Australian history
Postcolonial studies
Cultural studies
Religion, society and culture
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Historical studies
Other language, communication and culture
Literary theory
Media studies
British and Irish literature
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
British history
Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies
European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
North American history
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Police administration, procedures and practice
Family and household studies

Research Objectives

Understanding Australia's past
Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
Expanding knowledge in human society
Communication across languages and culture
Understanding past societies
The media
Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Socio-cultural issues in tourism
Religion and society
Citizenship and national identity
Understanding the past of the Americas
Understanding New Zealand's past

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

"The awful depravity of human nature": violence and humanitarian narratives in New South Wales and Tahiti, 1796-99; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
'God being, not in the bush': The Nundah Mission (Qld) and Colonialism; Queensland Review
'Greater Britain': Late Imperial Travel Writing and the Settler Colonies; Oceania and the Victorian Imagination: Where All Things Are Possible
Nature and Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850
A blister on the imperial antipodes: Lancelot Edward Threlkeld in Polynesia and Australia; Colonial Lives across the British Empire: Imperial Careering in the Long Nineteenth Century
Administering Domestic Space: Flora Annie Steel's The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook; Empire Calling: Administering Colonial Australasia and India
American servicemen find Ernestine Hill in their Kitbags: The Great Australian Loneliness; Telling Stories: Australian life and literature 1935 - 2012
Antipodean Heathens: The London Missionary Society in Polynesia and Australia, 1800-1850; Colonial Frontiers: Indigenous-European Encounters in Settler Societies
Australian Autobiography and the Politics of Making Post-Colonial Space; Westerly
Australian Autobiography: The Politics of Making Post-Colonial Space; ASAL 1996
British Missionary Publishing, Missionary Celebrity, and Empire; Nineteenth-Century Prose
Editorial Note; New Literatures Review
Editorial Note; New Literatures Review
Empire Calling: Administering Colonial Australasia and India; Cambridge University Press India Pvt Ltd
Empire, humanitarianism and violence in the colonies; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
Entanglements of Empire: Missionaries, Maori, and the Question of the Body
Flora Annie Steel in the Punjab; Writing, Travel, and Empire: In the Margins of Anthropology
George Augustus Robinson, the 'Great Conqueror': colonial celebrity and its postcolonial aftermath; Postcolonial Studies
History revisited: Van Diemen's Land
In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire; Peter Lang
Introduction; In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire
Introduction: Administering Colonial Spaces in Australasia and India; Empire Calling: Administering Colonial Australasia and India
Linguistics, Religion, and Law in Colonial New South Wales: Lancelot Threkeld and Settler-Colonial Humanitarian Debates; Past Law, Present Histories: From Settler Colonies to International Justice
Mission Statements: textuality and morality in the colonial archive; Association for the Study of Australian Literature Conference
Missionary Men: Forming Identities in Imperial Evangelical Britain; Australasian Victorian Studies Journal
Missionary Press
Missionary Writing and Empire, 1800-1860; Cambridge University Press
New Literatures Review; New Literatures Review
New Literatures Review; New Literatures Review
On the Importance of Bonnets: The London Missionary Society and the Politics of Dress in Nineteenth-Century Polynesia; New Literatures Review
Planting the Seeds of Christianity: Ecological Reform in Nineteenth-Century Polynesian London Missionary Society Stations; Five Emus to the King of Siam: Environment and Empire
Postcolonial Diversity; Canadian Literature
Reading Friendly Mission in the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction; Reading Robinson: Companion Essays to Friendly Mission
Reading Robinson: Companion Essays to Friendly Mission; Quintus Publishing
Response; Australian Humanities Review
Settler Colonialism; A Companion to Postcolonial Studies
Settler Post-colonialism and Australian literary culture; Modern Australian Criticism and Theory
Shadow zones: dark travel and postcolonial cultures; Postcolonial Studies
Tahiti, 'the desire of our eyes': Missionary Travel Narratives and Imperial Surveillance; In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire
The 'little empire of Wybalenna': Becoming Colonial in Australia; Journal of Australian Studies
The Bible Trade: Commerce and Christianity in the Pacific; Economies of Representation, 1790-2000: Colonialism and Commerce
The Book Eaters: Textuality, Modernity, and the London Missionary Society; Semeia
The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook [by Flora Annie Steel & Grace Gardiner] ; Oxford UP
The Paper War: Morality, Print Culture, and Power in Colonial New South Wales; UWA Publishing
The Strange Career of William Ellis; Victorian Studies
The Well-Intentioned Imperialists: Missionary Textuality and (Post)Colonial Politics; 12th Triennial Conference of ACLALS
Traveling the sequestered isle: Tasmania as penitentiary, laboratory and sanctuary; Studies in Travel Writing
Travelling the Tasman World: travel writing and narratives of transit; New Zealand's Empire
Unbecoming Post-Colonial Narratives: Eric Michaels' Unbecoming: An AIDS Diary; Southern Review
Writing the Southern Cross: Religious Travel Writing in Nineteenth-Century Australasia; Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century: Filling the Blank Spaces

Research Projects

A study of travel writing in Australian colonial history; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Colonial Textuality and Controversy in the Writings of the Quaker Missionaries James Backhouse and William Walker, Van Diemen's Land 1832-1838; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Intimacy and violence on the Anglo Pacific Rim 1830-1930; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Policing the Tasmanian Archive; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
The 'Paper War': Missionary Textuality and Early Nineteenth Century Australian Colonial Culture; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Construction of Race and Racial Identity at the Antipodes of Empire, 1788-1840; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Laboratory of Modernity: Knowledge Formation and the Australian Settler Colonies (1788-1900); Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Travelling Conscience of Empire: The LMS Deputation of Rev. Daniel Tyerman and George bennet in Australia 1824-25; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Travelling Home: Race, Representation, and Settler Australian Place-Making in Walkabout; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Travelling Home: A Study of Walkabout, Australia's Geographic Magazine (1934-74); Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision

"According to the Fair Play of the World Let Me Have Audience"- Reading Convict Life-Narratives of Van Diemen's Land
"I Could hardly Speak"- dialogues in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
"If I Speak False"- Reading the Oppositional in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang
"Offensively Australian-" Walkabout and Middlebrow Writers, 1927-1969
A Re-Reading of Idriess
Annie Baxter in Van Diemen's Land- An Abridged and Annotated Version of her Journal, 1834-1851
Audience responses to the theatre of Jack Davis
Australian literary modernism-the situation of the VISION group & its relevance both historically & today... 'The Australian Renaissance'
Being and Longing in Meera Syal's Anita and Me
Cinematic Campfires- Australian Feature Film and Reconciliation, 2000-2010
Finding the Secret River- Mapping a Composite Narrative of The Secret River and Searching for the Secret River
Media Coverage of the Mohammed Haneef Case in a Postcolonial Context
Medicine, Medea and the Media- The Rise and Fall of Roy Meadow
Music as Muse- Musical Composition and the Rhythm of Language
Quaker Missions into the Antipodean Colonies, late 18th-mid 19th Centuries
Reappraising Forgotten Fictions- The Tasmanian Romances of Marie Bjelke Petersen
Scars on the Archive, Visions of Place- Genocide and Modernity in Tasmania
Surrealist historiography as a methodology for understanding the relationship between art and politics in the Tasmanian landscape
Textual Traces- Writing the lives of two colonial Tasmanian women.
The Chief Protector Returns- Textual Representations of A.O. Neville
The Paris Savage, a novel and accompanying exegesis, Colonial exhibitions and their aftermath - an examination of the archive and the place for fiction
The Secret Life of Us- Eve Langley and Her Family
The subcontinent diaspora-Challenging assimilation & ethnicity through hybridity in fiction & film
Theistic Existentialism in the Fiction of Tim Winton
Travelling into History- The Travel Writing and Narrative History of William Dalrymple
Unbecoming-of-Age- Australian Grunge Fiction, the Bildungsroman and the Long Labor Decade
Unconventional Women- An Examination of the Lives and Writings of the Female Contributors to Walkabout Magazine and their Contribution to Australian Culture and Identity
Understories- Uncertain Growths in the Telling of Wild Tasmania
Unsettled Imaginings- Australian Novels of Asian Invasion