Feminist Poetics in concerned with all of these questions, but also with the issue of rewriting an older poetics for what it does not say about the marginalisation of the feminine. The first half of the book traces the trajectory of a particular, feminine, academic subject learning to find her voice. The second half uses that differently disciplined voice to re-read the textual traces of the Governor murder stories, murders committed against white women and children by black men in Australia in 1900. This book is a feminist poetics for those who are engaged in the teaching of literacies, and in the making of Knowledge about literacies.
'Feminist Poetics makes a significant contribution to the development of feminist poetics. With its theoretical sophistication, analytical acumen, and wealth of materials, this book has a great deal to offer to scholars who are interested in critical theories and methodologies.' - in-Between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism
'This text is a welcome new direction for feminist theory and practice …' - Frances Devlin-Glass, Social Semiotics