Doctor Anne Jamison

Doctor Anne Jamison

Deputy Director,
Writing and Society Research Centre

Senior Lecturer,
Humanities (Arts)


Anne Jamison is a feminist literary and cultural critic with a research focus on nineteenth-century Irish and, more recently, Australian women's literature. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, as well as Deputy Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre. She has published broadly on Irish writing, including research on Alicia Lefanu, Kate O'Brien, Anne Enright and James Clarence Mangan, as well as on the intersections between law, literature and authorship in the early Victorian period. She published a monograph in 2016 with Cork University Press: E. OE. Somerville and Martin Ross; Female Authorship and Literary Collaboration.

Anne is also interested in the impact of digital technologies on women’s literary archives and is part of a major digitization project in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast (UK) and JSTOR (USA) to digitize the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. In addition, she has  recently embarked on a comparative research project on nineteenth-century Australian and Irish women's literature for children which has been part-funded by the State Library of NSW Nancy Keesing Fellowship for 2016. In collaboration with Queen's University Belfast, National Museums Northern Ireland and the State Library of NSW, the project developed an online exhibition that traces the connections between Irish and Australian education and children's fiction.

Anne completed her undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature at the University of St. Andrews (UK) before proceeding to an MA in Irish Writing at Queen's University Belfast (UK), and a subsequent Ph.D. at the same institution. Prior to joining WSU, Anne was Lecturer in Irish Literature at the University of Ulster (UK) and REF Coordinator for the English Research Unit of Assessment. She has also previously worked as Research Fellow at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University, Belfast (UK), as well as Visiting Fellow in the Women's Studies Department at the University of Limerick (Ireland).

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  • PhD Queens University of Belfast (UK)
  • MA Eng (Irish Writ) Queens University of Belfast (UK)

Professional Memberships

  • RSVP Member (2015)
  • ACLAR Member (2016)
  • ISAANZ Committee Member (2013)
  • ASAL Member (2014)
  • Australian Women's History Network Member (2014)
  • AVSA Member (2014)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Writing and Society Research Centre
  • Humanities (Arts)


  • Equity and Diversity Working Party


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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100641 Approaches to Text, 2018
  • 100641 Approaches to Text, 2021
  • 101964 Sexual/Textual Politics in Victorian Women's Writing, 2021
  • 102078 Reading Ireland in the 1990s: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, 2018



  • Jamison, A. (2016), 'E. CE. Somerville and Martin Ross : female authorship and literary collaboration', : Cork University Press 9781782051923.

Chapters in Books

  • Jamison, A. (2020), '"Hunters in red coats" : the Irish new girl in Edith Somerville's "Little Red Riding-Hood in Kerry" (1934)', Irish Women Writers at the Turn of the 20th Century: Alternative Histories, New Narratives, Edward Everett Root Publishers 9781911454212.
  • Jamison, A. (2018), 'Female desire, colonial Ireland, and the "limits of the possible" in E. OE. Somerville and Martin Ross's The Silver Fox', The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s, Routledge 9780815364023.
  • Jamison, A. (2014), 'The spiritual 'vastation' of James Clarence Mangan : magic, technology, and identity', Essays on James Clarence Mangan: The Man in the Cloak, Palgrave 9781137273376.
  • Jamison, A. (2005), 'Theatricality and the Irish R. M. : comic country house dramatics versus Abbey Theatre ideology', New Voices in Irish Criticism 5, Four Courts Press 9781851828562.

Journal Articles

  • Bowyer, D., Dietz, M., Jamison, A., Taylor, C., Gyengesi, E., Ross, J., Hammond, H., Ogbeide, A. and Dune, T. (2022), 'Academic mothers, professional identity and COVID-19 : feminist reflections on career cycles, progression and practice', Gender, Work and Organization, vol 29, no 1 , pp 309 - 341.
  • Jamison, A. (2021), 'Irish Protestant colonialism and educational ideology in Australia : Hannah Boyd's letters on education (1848)', Australian Literary Studies, vol 36, no 2 .
  • Jamison, A. (2018), 'Economies of childhood in nineteenth-century Australia : Catherine Helen Spence's short fiction for children', Australian Literary Studies, vol 33, no 2 .
  • Jamison, A. (2017), 'Women's literary history in Ireland : digitizing The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing', Women's History Review, vol 26, no 5 , pp 751 - 765.
  • Jamison, A. (2017), 'Periodicals for schools in nineteenth-century Australia : Catherine Helen Spence and the Children's Hour', Victorian Periodicals Review, vol 50, no 4 , pp 721 - 736.
  • Jamison, A. (2013), 'Children's susceptible minds : Alicia Lefanu and the "reasoned imagination" in Georgian children's literature', Studies in Romanticism, vol 52, no Winter , pp 585 - 609.
  • Jamison, A. (2012), ''Travels of memory, imagination and fact' : Kate O'Brien's archival notes', Irish University Review, vol 42, no 2 , pp 254 - 272.
  • Jamison, A. (2011), 'Copyright and collaboration : Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the debate over literary property', Romanticism, vol 17, no 2 , pp 209 - 221.
  • Jamison, A. (2008), 'Plagiarism, popularity and the dilemma of artistic worth : E. OE. Somerville and Martin Ross's Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. (1899)', European Journal for English Studies, vol 11, no 1 , pp 65 - 78.
  • Jamison, A. (2006), 'Collaboration v. imitation : authorship and the law', Law and Literature, vol 18, no 2 , pp 199 - 224.
  • Jamison, A. (2004), 'Sitting on "The Outer Skin" : Somerville and Ross's Through Connemara in a Governess Cart as a coded stratum of linguistic/feminist "Union" ideals', Eire-Ireland, vol 39, no 2 , pp 110 - 135.

Anne is currently Deputy Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre, as well as an associate member of the Digital Humanities Research Group. Her main research interests are in nineteenth-century literature and culture, with a particular focus on Irish and Australian women's writing. She has published and researched in the following areas and would weclome postgraduate research proposals in any of these fields:

  • nineteenth-century Irish literature and culture;
  • Irish women's writing;
  • female collaboration and literary production;
  • nineteenth-century Australian women's writing;
  • feminist historiography and the digital humanities.

Anne was also Nancy Keesing Fellow for 2016 at the State Library of NSW. Her project involved comparative research between nineteenth-century Irish and Australian children's literature and education. One of the major outcomes of the project was an online exhibition in collaboration with Queen's University Belfast, National Museums Northern Ireland and the State Library of NSW. The project further included the coordination of an essay series by contemporary writers for the Sydney Review of Books on nineteenth-century Australian female authors: Barbara Baynton, Rosa Praed and Catherine Helen Spence.

Anne has previously curated a physical exhibition of the manuscript papers of Irish authors, Edith Somerville and Martin Ross, in 2006. A catalogue of the original exhibition can be viewed online and parts of it are now available as a digital exhibition.

Anne is also on the Management Board of the Field Day/JSTOR Project. This project aims to digitize all 5 volumes of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing and make these volumes available on the JSTOR online hub as part of the existing JSTOR Ireland collection. The project is in collaboration with Queen's University, Belfast, JSTOR, Field Day, University of Ulster and the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. The project's progress can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Jamison.

Previous Projects

Title: 'The enjoyment of a good story': Gender and National Identity in Catherine Helen Spence's Literature for Children
  • State Library of NSW
Western Researchers: Anne Jamison
Years: 2016-03-01 - 2017-03-31
ID: P00023350


Doctor Jamison is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Aletheia: Disclosing the story of a life through narrative, time and body
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Reading female perpetration of violence and murder in twentieth century fiction
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Nabokov's, Djebar's and Dessaix's Literary Arabesques: A Comparative Study
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Twentieth-Century Feminist Literary Comedy in the Novels of Jean Rhys, Muriel Spark and Angela Carter.
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Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Worshipping the Household Gods: Dickens and Domesticity
Field of Research: History; Literature; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Reflectant Tides: The Aqueous Poetics of Sydney in Women's Fiction, 1934-1947
Field of Research: Literature; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Reading the In-Between: Gender Space and Identity in the Serialised Novels of Ada Cambridge and Tasma
Field of Research: History; Literature
Thesis Title: An examination of the narrative devices employed in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones
Field of Research: Literature
Thesis Title: A Case Study of Feminist Comedy in Muriel Spark's Robinson
Field of Research: Language And Literature, N.e.c.
Thesis Title: 'The Cycle of Success' Mentoring in Sarah Grand's Morningquest Trilogy
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: The Nights Belong to the Woman Writer. A mediation on Women's Writing Practices in Elizabeth Jolley's Miss Peabody's Inheriance
Field of Research: Literature

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