A/PROF Elizabeth Maxwell

A/PROF Elizabeth Maxwell


  • African American Literature
  • Colonial visual cultures; race theory; eugenics (Photography & visual objects)
  • Genetic engineering in literary science fiction
  • New Zealand literature; postcolonial & colonial literature; Race & American literature; travel writing



  • Anne Maxwell is currently researching a monograph on the history of women’s photography in the Asia-Pacific. She is also researching the influence of Lavater on early portrait photography. Her most recent monograph is <em>Shifting Focus Colonial Australian Photography 1850-1920</em> (2015). She has published many journal articles and essays on British, and Australian and NZ Colonial literature, and on race theory and American Visual Cultures. She teaches Postcolonial and Global literature contemporary American literature and American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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    <em>Shifting Focus Colonial Australian Photography 1850&ndash;1920</em> (2015)


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1991
  • MA, University of Auckland 1983
  • BA, University of Auckland 1975



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Anne Maxwell currently has a near full quota of supervisions and will regretfully not be available to accept all those who apply. Her areas of research and teaching specialisation for supervision are:

    Colonial visual cultures and literature
    The history of photography
    Postcolonial writing and theory
    Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Literature
    Modernist Literature
    Literature and European imperialism
    Eugenics and race theory
    Speculative fiction
    Women's writing