Anne Brewster teaches at the University of New South Wales. Her books include Literary Formations: Postcoloniality, Nationalism, Globalism (1996) and Aboriginal Women's Autobiography (1995). She co-edited, with Angeline O’Neill and Rosemary van den Berg, an anthology of Australian Indigenous Writing, Those Who Remain Will Always Remember (2000) and with Fiona Probyn-Rapsey a special issue of Australian Humanities Review on whiteness (2007). She has published articles on Aboriginal literature in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Australian Literary Studies, Feminist Theory and JASAL. Her recent book Giving This Country a Memory: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices of Australia is published by Cambria.
University of New South Wales
Interview conducted on 1-2 November 2014 in Canberra.
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