Sue Kossew

Emeritus Professor Sue Kossew

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2014
  • Section(s): English


Sue Kossew is a major figure in the fields of postcolonial, transnational and comparative literary studies and is highly regarded both in Australia and internationally. Her book, Pen and Power: A Post-colonial Reading of J.M. Coetzee and Andrà Brink (1996) was one of the first postcolonial studies of these writers and remains a highly cited text within the field.

She has pioneered the comparative study of Australian and South African literatures and cultures. She is internationally regarded for her extensive work on women writers including her book Writing Woman, Writing Place: Contemporary Australian and South African Fiction (2004). Additionally, she has edited or co-edited two important collections of essays on Coetzee (1998 and 2011) and another on Kate Grenville (2010) and has published numerous book chapters and refereed articles.

Acknowledgement of Country

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