Susan Kossew


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Personal profile

Research interests

The literary works of J. M. Coetzee

Representing violence and trauma in literature (specifically Australian and South African women's writing)

Kate Grenville's literary works

Postcolonial literatures including South African and Australian literature

Postcolonial Women's Writing especially Australian and South African women writers


Literature of apology and reconciliation

Supervision interests

Any of the above


  • Literary Studies
  • Australian literature
  • South African Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Violence studies in literature

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2014 2018

Research Output 1993 2017

An Inside View: The master of slow reading

Kossew, S. Sep 2017 In : Australian Book Review. 394, p. 11-12 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOther

J.M. Coetzee and the parental punctum

Kossew, S. 2017 J.M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus: The Ethics of Ideas and Things . Rutherford, J. & Uhlmann, A. (eds.). New York NY USA: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 149-164 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Kate Grenville’s transgressive narratives

Kossew, S. 2017 Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing. Das, D. & Dasgupta, S. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 127-140 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Revisiting the Haunted Past: Christine Piper's After Darkness

Kossew, S. May 2017 In : Australian Humanities Review. 61, p. 113-128 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

City of words: Haunting legacies in Gail Jones’s Five Bells

Kossew, S. 2016 Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis. Sandten, C. & Bauer, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Leiden The Netherlands: Brill, p. 277-289 13 p. (Cross/Cultures: Readings in Post/Colonial Literatures and Cultures in English. ASNEL Papers; vol. 188, no. 20)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

Susan Rachelle Kossew (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2008 2017

  • 4 Editorial responsibility
  • 2 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Public event

Australian Humanities Review (Journal)

Kossew, S. R. (Guest editor)
May 2017

Activity: Editorial responsibility

"Reading Coetzee's Women

Kossew, S. R. (Organiser)
27 Sep 2016

Activity: Contribution to conference

Australian Book Review (Journal)

Kossew, S. R. (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility

My Place, My Story story-writing competition

Kossew, S. R. (Host)

Activity: Public event

The Literary Encyclopedia (Journal)

Kossew, S. R. (Editorial board member)
2009 → …

Activity: Editorial responsibility