About Me



Dr Demelza Hall is a researcher in the field of literary and cultural studies and works as sessional lecturer and tutor at Deakin University. Demelza has published in a variety of literary journals both in Australia and overseas (see below for full list of publications) and her current research, The Drover’s Wife Reading Project, recently attracted an ECR seed funding grant. Committed to the promotion and examination of Australian literature, Demelza has also worked as the Secretary for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL), Australia’s largest and oldest professional literary association, since 2015.


“Reshaping Spaces of Home and Nation: Reading Postcolonial Literary Adaptations as Social Justice Pedagogy” in Spaces and Places: Shaping Them & Shaping Ourselves (Eds. Beitske Boonstra, Stefano Rozzoni, and Teresa Cutler-Broyles) Emerald Publishing: Progressive Connexions Series (forthcoming 2021).

“Framing the Unutterable: Reading Trauma in Alexis Wright’s Short Fiction” in Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature (33.1).

“Woodheaps and chopping blocks: talking to Leah Purcell, Leticia Cáceres and Stephen Curtis about The Drover’s Wife in Overland Magazine (28th October, 2019).

“Translating the Short Stories of Alexis Wright: Sylvie Kandé talks to Demelza Hall about Le Pacte du serpent arc-en-ciel (with Postscript by Alexis Wright)” in Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature 16.2 (2016).

“The Isle of Refuse in Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria: Reconstituting Heterotopic Space” in Southerly 72.3 (2013).

“Apprehending the Apparitional: Spatial/Sexual Transgressions in Sarah Waters’s Affinity in Quest: Postgraduate Journal for Queen’s University Belfast 2 (2006).



Framed by Reconciliation: Reading Cross-Cultural Space in Early Twenty-First-Century Australian Literature –  Doctor of Philosophy, Federation University Australia (2015).

Space and Sexuality in the Post-Victorian Fiction of Sarah Waters Master of Arts, University of Tasmania (2006)


Conference Papers (selected):

“Reshaping Spaces of Home and Nation: Reading Postcolonial Literary Adaptations as Social Justice Pedagogy,” “Spaces and Places: An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference” Progressive Connexions, Bruges, Belgium (April 2019).

“Emplacing the Outlaw: Heterotopic Encounters with Ned Kelly,” The Curious Seminar Series, Ballarat (2018).

“Indigenous Agency and Settler Immurement in Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife” The Literary Studies Convention, “The Literary Interface,” ANU Canberra (July 2018).

“Rethinking Belonging: Wellbeing and Reconciliation in Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance” ASAL, “Looking in, Looking Out: China and Australia,” Latrobe Melbourne (July 2017).

“Frames of Belonging: Shifting Borders through Creative Practice” with artist Wendy Bolger for the CERG Seminar Series, (October 2016).

“Framing the Unutterable: Translating Trauma in the Short Fiction of Alexis Wright” ASAL,  “Capital-Empire-Print-Dissent,” UNSW Canberra (July 2016).

“Theorising the ‘Gap’: Reading Race in Reconciliation Literature and Postcolonial Criticism,” ASAJ, “Transformation of Australian Studies in a Globalising Age,” Sophia University, Japan  (2014).

“Revisiting the Colonial Homestead in Contemporary Australian Literature.” ASAL, “The Colonies,” Victoria University, New Zealand (2012).

“Driving Home: Identity and Belonging in Alex Miller’s Journey to the Stone Country.” University of Ballarat Annual Research Conference, “Research Pathways” (2010).

“Domestic Monstrosities: Becoming Grotesque, Becoming Post-Victorian.” Oxford University “City and Literature Conference,” Worcester College, United Kingdom (2004).