Position

Chair of the Research Higher Degrees Committee
English/Creative Writing & Aust Studies

Biography

Kate's primary research interests are in life narrative studies: the ways in which people tell stories about their lives and the lives of others and the technologies they use to record these life stories. She is the author of Contesting Childhood: Autobiography, Trauma and Memory (Rutgers, 2010) and the co-author (with Anna Poletti) of Life Narratives and Youth Cultures: Representation, Agency and Participation (Palgrave, 2016) and co-editor (with Gillian Whitlock) of Trauma Texts (Routledge, 2009) and (with Kylie Cardell) Telling Tales: Autobiographies of Childhood and Youth (Routledge, 2015). Kate's allied research interests include: studies in childhood and youth, memory and trauma studies. Kate is a strong advocate of research-led teaching and teaching-led research and was a co-colloborator in the OLT-funded project: "Building Reading Resilience: Developing a Skill-Based Approach to Literary Studies" (with Tully Barnett, Rosanne Kennedy, Anna Poletti and Jude Seaboyer).

Kate is the Head of the steering committee for the International Auto/Biography Association Asia-Pacific chapter, and is a member of the Executive Committee of IABA (World).

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) (Newcastle)
Bachelor of Social Work (Newcastle)
Graduate Certificate (Education) (UQ)
Ph.D. (UQ)

Honours, awards and grants

Ian Potter Foundation Grant (2015)

Australian Bicentennial Fellowship (2015)

Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Competitive Grant "Building Reading Resilience" (2010-2013)

ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2010)

Flinders College of Distinguished Educators (2010-)

Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Early Career Research (2009)

Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2009)

Flinders Teaching Quality Network (2009-2010)

Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology Excellence in Teaching Award (2008)

Key responsibilities

Head of Department - English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies

Chair of Faculty Research Higher Degree Committee (Faculty of EHL)

University Research Higher Degree Committee

Scholarships Committee

Teaching interests

  • Non-fiction (life writing/narrative, first-person media)
  • Literary theory
  • Australian literature
  • Contemporary literature
  • Post-colonial literature
  • British literature
  • Literary history
  • The novel

Topic Coordinator:

Topic Lecturer:

Research expertise

  • Biography
  • Cultural studies
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Literary studies 
  • Women’s life histories

Research interests

  • Life writing/narrative (across various media)
  • Narratives of childhood
  • The sociology of childhood/youth
  • Trauma studies
  • Memory studies
  • Literature and social justice
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Authorship
  • Readers
  • Literary/cultural theory
  • Creative writing
  • Graphic novels/memoirs
  • Australian literature/studies
  • Pedagogy

Supervisory interests

  • Childhood
  • Contemporary Australian literature
  • Creative writing
  • Cultural memory
  • Life writing/life narrative
  • Literary studies
  • Trauma studies
  • Trauma writing
  • Young women's life writing

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Life Writing (3) ; Creative Writing (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Creative Writing (8) ; Life Writing (4) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Life Writing (3) ;

Associate supervisor : Literary Studies (3) ;

Publications

  • Cardell, K.J. and Douglas, J.K. (2016). Travel Blogs. In Carl Thompson, ed. The Routledge Companion to Travel Writing. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, pp. 298-307.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2015). Margaux Fragoso and the Limits of Abuse Memoir. In Kylie Cardell and Kate Douglas, ed. Telling Tales: Autobiographies of Childhood and Youth. London: Routledge, pp. 40-54.
  • Douglas, K. and Poletti, A. (2014). Rethinking 'Virtual' Youth: Young People and Life Writing. In Andy Bennett, Brady Robards, ed. Mediated Youth Cultures: The Internet, Belonging and New Cultural Configurations. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave, pp. 77-94.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2013). Silence Speaks: Shaun Tan's The Arrival. In T Dalziell & P Genoni, ed. Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935-2012. Melbourne, VIC: Monash University Publishing, pp. 546-551.
    [Web Link]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2010). Writing About Abusive Mothers: Ethics and Auto/biography. In Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O'Reilly, ed. Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women's Literatures. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier Press, pp. 63-78.
    [Scopus]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2010). Life Writing. In Olakunle George, Susan Hegeman, Efrain Kristal, ed. Blackwell's Encyclopedia of the Novel. London: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 101-103.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2008). Your Book Changed My Life: Everyday Literary Criticism and Oprah's Book Club. In Cecilia Konchar Farr and Jaime Harker, ed. The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club. Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 235-252.
  • Whitlock, G. and Douglas, J.K. (2007). Located Subjects. In Miriam Fuchs and Craig Howes, ed. Teaching life writing texts. New York: Modern Language Association of America, pp. 214-220.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2005). Mary Karr. In Jo Malin and Victoria Boynton, ed. Encyclopedia of women's autobiography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 307-308.
  • Douglas, J.K. and McWilliam, K. (2004). 'We don't need no education': adolescents and the school in contemporary Australian teen TV. In Glyn Davis and Kay Dickinson, ed. Teen TV: Genre, Consumption, Identity. London, UK: British Film Institute, pp. 151-165.
  • Cardell, K. and Douglas, J.K. (Eds.). (2015). Telling Tales: Autobiography of Childhood and Youth. Routledge.
    [Web Link]
  • Douglas, J.K. (Ed.). (2015). Telling Tales: Autobiographies of Childhood and Youth. London: Routledge.
    [Web Link]
  • Kennedy, R., Douglas, J., Poletti, A., Seaboyer, J. and Barnett, T.S. (2013). Building Reading Resilience: Developing a Skills-Based Approach to Literary Studies. Sydney: Office for Learning and Teaching.
  • Kennedy, R., Douglas, J., Poletti, A., Seaboyer, J. and Barnett, T.S. (2013). Reading Resilience Toolkit. Sydney: Office for Learning and Teaching.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2010). Contesting Childhood: Autobiography, Trauma and Memory. New Brunswick, NY: Rutgers University Press.
  • Whitlock, G. and Douglas, J.K. (Eds.). (2009). Trauma Texts. London: Routledge.
  • Douglas, J.K. and Whitlock, G. (Eds.). (2008). Co-editor. London: Taylor and Francis.
  • Cardell, K. and Douglas, J.K. (2013). Telling Tales: Autobiographies of Childhood and Youth. Prose Studies, 35(1) pp. 1-6.
    [10.1080/01440357.2013.781340] [Scopus]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2012). Read, Preach, Defend: One Woman's Search for Literary Credibility. Kill Your Darlings, 4 pp. 140-150.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Douglas, J.K. and Whitlock, G. (2008). Introduction. Life Writing, 5(2) pp. 139-141.
    [10.1080/14484520802550189]
  • Douglas, J.K., Whitlock, G. and Stumm, B. (2008). Introduction: Trauma in the Twenty-First Century. Life Writing, 5(1) pp. 1-8.
    [10.1080/14484520801902308]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2005). British women's autobiography since 1900. Encyclopedia of women's autobiography. Connecticut, US: Greenwood Publishing Group, pp. 120-129.
  • Cardell, K.J. and Douglas, J.K. (2016). Why Literature Students Should Practise Life Writing. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education,
    [10.1177/1474022216635825]
  • Douglas, J.K., Barnett, T.S., Poletti, A., Seaboyer, J. and Kennedy, R. (2015). Building reading resilience: re-thinking reading for the literary studies classroom. Higher Education Research and Development (HERDSA)
    [10.1080/07294360.2015.1087475] [Scopus]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2015). Ethical Dialogues: Youth, Memoir and Trauma. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 30(2) pp. 271-288.
    [10.1080/08989575.2015.1085262]
  • Douglas, K. and Barnett, T. (2014). Teaching Traumatic Life Narratives: Affect, Witnessing and Ethics. Antipodes: a North American journal of Australian literature, 28(1) pp. 46-62.
    [10.13110/antipodes.28.1.0046]
  • Poletti, A., Seaboyer, J., Kennedy, R., Barnett, T.S. and Douglas, J. (2014). The affects of not reading: Hating characters, being bored, feeling stupid. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education,
    [10.1177/1474022214556898] [Web Link]
  • Cardell, K. and Douglas, J. (2013). "Indecent Exposure? Margaux Fragoso and the Limits of Abuse Memoir" Prose Studies, 35(1) pp. 39-53.
    [10.1080/01440357.2013.781347] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Douglas, J.K. and Graham, P. (2013). Go Back to Where You Came From: Stunt Documentary, Conversion Narrative, and the Limits of Testimony on Australian Television. Biography-An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 36(1) pp. 124-147.
    [10.1353/bio.2013.0000] [Scopus]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2012). Ayen's Cooking School for African Men: Mediating Life Narratives of Trauma. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 27(2) pp. 242-261.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2008). Translating Trauma: Witnessing Bom Bali. Ariel-A Review of International English Literature, 39(1-2) pp. 147-165.
    [Scopus]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2006). Witnessing on the Web: Asylum Seekers and Letter-Writing Projects on Australian Activist Websites. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 21(1) pp. 44-57.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2006). Lost and Found: the life narratives of child asylum seekers. Life Writing, 3(1) pp. 41-59.
    [10.1080/10408340308518304]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2002). The Universal Autobiographer: The Politics of Normative Readings. Journal of Australian Studies, 26(72) pp. 173-179.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2001). Blurbing Biographical: Authorship and Autobiography. Biography-An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 24(4) pp. 806-826.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2010). Contesting Childhood: Autobiography, Trauma and Memory. New Brunswick, NY: Rutgers University Press.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2010). Writing About Abusive Mothers: Ethics and Auto/biography. In Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O'Reilly, ed. Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women's Literatures. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier Press, pp. 63-78.
    [Scopus]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2008). Your Book Changed My Life: Everyday Literary Criticism and Oprah's Book Club. In Cecilia Konchar Farr and Jaime Harker, ed. The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah's Book Club. Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 235-252.
  • Whitlock, G. and Douglas, J.K. (2007). Located Subjects. In Miriam Fuchs and Craig Howes, ed. Teaching life writing texts. New York: Modern Language Association of America, pp. 214-220.
  • Douglas, J.K. and McWilliam, K. (2004). 'We don't need no education': adolescents and the school in contemporary Australian teen TV. In Glyn Davis and Kay Dickinson, ed. Teen TV: Genre, Consumption, Identity. London, UK: British Film Institute, pp. 151-165.
  • Cardell, K. and Douglas, J. (2013). "Indecent Exposure? Margaux Fragoso and the Limits of Abuse Memoir" Prose Studies, 35(1) pp. 39-53.
    [10.1080/01440357.2013.781347] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2012). Ayen's Cooking School for African Men: Mediating Life Narratives of Trauma. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 27(2) pp. 242-261.
  • Douglas, J.K. (2008). Translating Trauma: Witnessing Bom Bali. Ariel-A Review of International English Literature, 39(1-2) pp. 147-165.
    [Scopus]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2006). Lost and Found: the life narratives of child asylum seekers. Life Writing, 3(1) pp. 41-59.
    [10.1080/10408340308518304]
  • Douglas, J.K. (2006). Witnessing on the Web: Asylum Seekers and Letter-Writing Projects on Australian Activist Websites. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 21(1) pp. 44-57.

Professional and community engagement

Fulbright Commission South Australian Board member
Austlit Advisory Board

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Adolescents
  • Australia
  • Censorship
  • Children/Youth
  • Ethics
  • Literature - Australian
  • Literature - English
  • Memory
  • Nationalism
  • Teaching
  • Testimony
  • Writing
  • Youth

Interests

  • Cultural Memory
  • Hoax
  • Life Writing/Life Narrative
  • Literature and Social Justice
  • Social networking & first person media
  • Trauma studies
  • Youth Studies

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