Carole Ferrier

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Carole Ferrier is an Australian feminist academic. She is Professor in English at the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. She has many published works about feminism, socialism, literature and culture. She has been the editor of the radical feminist academic journal Hecate since its inception in 1975.

Early life[edit]

Ferrier was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in London, and a PhD in New Zealand, at the University of Auckland.[1] Ferrier helped establish the International Socialist Tendency in Australia in the 1970s,[2] and was a prominent activist in various democratic rights struggles in Queensland from the 1970s.[3]

Academic work[edit]

Ferrier has lectured in English at the University of Queensland since 1973.[1] She is currently Professor of Literature and Women's Studies at the School of Communication and Arts[4] at the University of Queensland. Ferrier is also the Director of the Women, Gender, Culture and Social Change Research Group at the University of Queensland, a former president of the Australian Women's Studies Association[5] and editor of Hecate and the Australian Women's Book Review.[6]

Publications and editorial work[edit]

Amongst her many other published works, Ferrier has authored Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary (Melbourne University Press, 1999).

She has also edited

  • Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation (as foundation editor])[7]
  • Radical Brisbane: An Unruly History. Melbourne: Vulgar Press 2004. (with Raymond Evans)
  • Gender, Politics and Fiction: 20th Century Australian Women's Novels. St Lucia: UQP, 1992.
  • Point of Departure: The Autobiography of Jean Devanny. St Lucia: UQP, 1986.
  • As Good as a Yarn With You: Letters Between Franklin, Prichard, Devanny, Barnard, Eldershaw and Dark. Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  • Janet Frame: A Reader. London: Women's Press,[8] 1995.[6]


Ferrier's 1992 book Gender, Politics and Fiction was criticised as using orthodox Marxist doctrine, the phenomenology of Feyerabend and Thomas Kuhn, the post-structuralist work of Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze into an "epistemic certainty".[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Professor Carole Ferrier". UQ Researchers. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Marching down Marx Street: The International Socialists in Australia, 1972-92. Archived 16 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.", Tom O'Lincoln's Red Sites, 1992. Accessed: 26 August 2010.
  3. ^ Raymond Evans and Carole Ferrier eds. Radical Brisbane, Melbourne: Vulgar Press, 2004
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  5. ^ AWSA Director President: Carole Ferrier/ - uqresearchers
  6. ^ a b Professor Carole Ferrier
  7. ^ Hecate
  8. ^ Women's Press
  9. ^ "Zhbanov". The Age. Fairfax Media. 1 September 1986. Retrieved 3 March 2012.

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