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Gillian Whitlock Gillian Whitlock i(A29659 works by) (a.k.a. Gillian Lea Whitlock)
Born: Established: 1953 ;
Gender: Female
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Gillian Whitlock is a graduate of The University of Queensland, where she completed theses on A. G. Stephens and Doris Lessing, and Queen's University, Canada, where she completed a PhD thesis on the role of the magazine (including the Bulletin) in the colonial context. She has co-edited the journal Australian-Canadian Studies and has published widely in the area of feminist criticism, postcolonial studies, Australian studies and women's writing, particularly autobiography. She has held the position of Professor in the School of Humanities at Griffith University and was also founding Director of Griffith Flexible Learning Services. Professor Whitlock was appointed to a chair at the University of Queensland in 2001. She was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2007.
Professor Whitlock is a leader in AustLit's Resourceful Reading Research Community.

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Soft Weapons : Autobiography in Transit 2007 multi chapter work criticism Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, Marjane Satrapi's comics, and 'Baghdad Blogger' Salam Pax's Internet diary are just a few examples of the new face of autobiography in an age of migration, globalization, and terror. But while autobiography and other genres of life writing can help us attend to people whose experiences are frequently unseen and unheard, life narratives can also be easily co-opted into propaganda. In Soft Weapons, Gillian Whitlock explores the dynamism and ubiquity of contemporary life writing about the Middle East and shows how these works have been packaged, promoted, and enlisted in Western controversies. Considering recent autoethnographies of Afghan women, refugee testimony from Middle Eastern war zones, Jean Sasson's bestsellers about the lives of Arab women, Norma Khouri's fraudulent memoir Honor Lost [Forbidden Love], personal accounts by journalists reporting the war in Iraq, Satrapi's Persepolis, Nafisi's book, and Pax's blog, Whitlock explores the contradictions and ambiguities in the rapid commodification of life memoirs. Drawing from the fields of literary and cultural studies, Soft Weapons will be essential reading for scholars of life writing and those interested in the exchange of literary culture between Islam and the West. (Publisher's blurb)
2008 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Gleebooks Prize for Literary or Cultural Criticism
The Intimate Empire : Reading Women's Autobiography 2000 single work criticism Series of readings of contemporary and nineteenth-century women's autobiographies and travel writing from Australia, Britain, Canada, the Caribbean, Kenya and South Africa.
2001 winner ASAL Awards Walter McRae Russell Award
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