Dr Vic Burrows

BA Hons, PhD UWA
Lecturer

Telephone +61 2 9114 1204

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Biographical details

I am currently writing a monograph on whiteness and shame which explores the way shame works as a form of social control, especially in relation to racial hierarchies. My research areas are fairly eclectic but tend to gather around the construction of subject positions within the shifting racial hierarchies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries read in conjunction with their historical legacies, especially in relation to the unmarked privileges of whiteness. I am also very interested in theories of emotion and the varying effects emotion and affect have on the formation of subjectivity. Prior to coming to Sydney, I held a three year UWA Re-Entry Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at The University of Western Australia and then for two and a half years lectured in the English department at the University of Tasmania.

Research interests

  • Whiteness theory and its literary representations
  • Trauma theory and its literary representations
  • Shame theory and its literary representations
  • Postcolonial theory and literatures
  • African-American literature and literary criticism (especially black feminist criticism)
  • Fiction of Toni Morrison
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Contemporary travel writing
  • British Modernism

Current projects

  • Whiteness and the Ethical Demand of Shame: Duras, Coetzee and Roy (monograph in process)
  • The White Gaze of Nostalgia: Fiction(s) of the British Raj and Beyond (monograph at research stage only)

Selected publications

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Books

  • Burrows, V. (2004). Whiteness and Trauma: The Mother-Daughter Knot in the Fiction of Jean Rhys; Jamaica Kincaid and Toni Morrison. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Burrows, V. (2009). Whiteness and the Displacement of Hope: South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace". In John L. Hochheimer (Eds.), Hope in the 21st Century, (pp. 177-187). United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Burrows, V. (2004). Whiteness and Trauma: A Reading of Jean Rhys's "Wide Sargasso Sea". In Susanne Schech, Ben Wadham (Eds.), Placing Race and Localising Whiteness, (pp. 143-154). Australia: Flinders University Press.
  • Burrows, V., Fraser, H. (2001). Mending Fractures: Florence Nightingale's Suggestions For Thought. In Linda Woodhead (Eds.), Re-inventing Christianity: Nineteenth-century Contexts, (pp. 199-210). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Journals

  • Burrows, V. (2008). The Heterotopic Spaces of Postcolonial Trauma in Michael Ondaatje's "Anil's Ghost". Studies in the Novel, 40(1-2), 161-177. [More Information]
  • Burrows, V. (2006). Ghostly hauntings of white shame in David Malouf's "Remembering Babylon". Westerly, 51, 124-135.
  • Burrows, V. (1999). Virginia Stephen in George Duckworth's Family Album. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 5, 13-34.
  • Burrows, V. (1996). Knowing Other People: An Interview with Lorraine Code. Outskirts (Online): feminisms along the edge, 1, 8-12.
  • Burrows, V. (1995). Desire and the (Re)-Presentation of the Lesbian Body in History. Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 1(1), 33-46.

2009

  • Burrows, V. (2009). Whiteness and the Displacement of Hope: South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace". In John L. Hochheimer (Eds.), Hope in the 21st Century, (pp. 177-187). United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

2008

  • Burrows, V. (2008). The Heterotopic Spaces of Postcolonial Trauma in Michael Ondaatje's "Anil's Ghost". Studies in the Novel, 40(1-2), 161-177. [More Information]

2006

  • Burrows, V. (2006). Ghostly hauntings of white shame in David Malouf's "Remembering Babylon". Westerly, 51, 124-135.

2004

  • Burrows, V. (2004). Whiteness and Trauma: A Reading of Jean Rhys's "Wide Sargasso Sea". In Susanne Schech, Ben Wadham (Eds.), Placing Race and Localising Whiteness, (pp. 143-154). Australia: Flinders University Press.
  • Burrows, V. (2004). Whiteness and Trauma: The Mother-Daughter Knot in the Fiction of Jean Rhys; Jamaica Kincaid and Toni Morrison. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

2001

  • Burrows, V., Fraser, H. (2001). Mending Fractures: Florence Nightingale's Suggestions For Thought. In Linda Woodhead (Eds.), Re-inventing Christianity: Nineteenth-century Contexts, (pp. 199-210). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

1999

  • Burrows, V. (1999). Virginia Stephen in George Duckworth's Family Album. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 5, 13-34.

1996

  • Burrows, V. (1996). Knowing Other People: An Interview with Lorraine Code. Outskirts (Online): feminisms along the edge, 1, 8-12.

1995

  • Burrows, V. (1995). Desire and the (Re)-Presentation of the Lesbian Body in History. Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 1(1), 33-46.

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