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Professor Sue Thomas Emeritus Professor, English

Sue Thomas, Emeritus Professor of English, is the author of the books Telling West Indian Lives: Life Narrative and the Reform of Plantation Slavery Cultures 1804-1834 (2014), Imperialism, Reform and the Making of Englishness in ‘Jane Eyre’ (2008), and The Worlding of Jean Rhys (1999), co-author with Ann Blake and Leela Gandhi of England through Colonial Eyes in Twentieth-Century Fiction (2001), and co-editor with Anne Collett and Russell McDougall of Tracking the Literature of Tropical Weather: Typhoons, Hurricanes, and Cyclones (2017), among others. She has published very extensively on nineteenth- and twentieth-century women writers, decolonising literatures, and nineteenth-century periodicals. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, she is a member of the editorial board of Postcolonial Studies and of the National Advisory Board of the Australian Modernist Studies Network. The Australian Academy of the Humanities citation records: “Thomas is an internationally recognised specialist in the fields of 19th century women’s studies and postcolonial feminism, with special reference to Caribbean writers and transcultural aspects of literary modernism. She is renowned for both contextual and theoretical research which informs her literary criticism. Her innovative research is credited for changing the landscape of Caribbean studies and shaping our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century women’s writing.”


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