Maryanne Dever

Maryanne Dever
Australian National University | ANU · Chancelry

You can explore my research on archives, matter & materiality in the book, "Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page".

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Introduction
Maryanne's research interests encompass feminist literary & cultural studies and critical archival studies. Her current research is on archives, matter and materiality. This appears in the book, 'Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page' (2019). She co-convenes, the 'archivefutures' research network. See: http://archivefutures.com/.
Additional affiliations
April 2021 - present
Australian National University
Position
  • Pro Vice-Chancellor
Description
  • Professor Maryanne Dever is joint Editor-in-Chief (with Lisa Adkins) of the journal Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). She is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Digital) at ANU in Canberra. She was previously Associate Dean (T & L) at UTS. She served as Director of the Centre for Women's Studies & Gender Research at Monash University and President of the Australian Women's & Gender Studies Association (AWGSA).

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Publications (67)
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Inspired by a rapidly changing fashion landscape, Fashion: New Feminist Essays offers historical and contemporary studies that reveal the relationships between fashion with gender, sexuality, race, and age. Fashion is a rich terrain for feminist scholars in the twenty-first century. Explicit engagements with feminist and queer politics, critical i...
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This is a chapter from the book, 'Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page' (Palgrave 2019). It focuses on the archived papers of Australian writer Eve Langley (1904–1974). Langley is generally better known today for her gender non-conforming dress, her history of institutionalization and her obsessive identification with the writer Oscar Wilde tha...
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This is a chapter from the book, 'Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page' (Palgrave 2019). It examines current debates concerning archives, paperwork and materiality, and begins to outline the case for why paper matters in archive-based literary research. The scope of the current study is laid out and its particular focus on twentieth-century lit...
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This is a chapter from the book, 'Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page' (Palgrave 2019). It explores the archival legacy of Valentine Ackland (1906–1969) and offers a critique of the idea of archived papers as ‘inert’ sources by asking how individual documents or collections of papers take hold of us and register as significant and precious in...
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This is a chapter from the book, 'Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page' (Palgrave 2019). It explores letters from screen idol Greta Garbo (1905–1990) to Mercedes de Acosta (1893–1968) held in the Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia. Initially dismissed as revealing ‘nothing’ about their relationship when they were made public, this array...
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This collection won a 2018 Mander Jones Award from the Australian Society of Archivists. In an era when the metaphor of the archive is invoked to cover almost any kind of memory, collection or accumulation, it is important to re-examine what is entailed—politically and methodologically—in the practice of feminist archival research. This question...
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Germaine Greer is one of the most enduring and influential figures of the second wave of the women’s movement. The Female Eunuch (1970) is one of second-wave feminism’s most widely recognised publications and its author has come to embody and indeed expand our understanding of second-wave feminism in a way that few others have. Yet, while Greer’s p...
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The emergence of digital technologies in the realm of archives has enlivened our understandings of archival materialities and lent a new intensity to our engagements with the archived page by prompting us to consider the potential of paper and the page in ways that we have hitherto largely ignored. "Paper, Materiality and Archived Page" responds to...
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This is a special issue of the journal Australian Feminist Studies. In an era when the metaphor of the archive is invoked to cover almost any kind of memory, collection or accumulation, it is important to re-examine what is entailed—politically and methodologically—in the practice of feminist archival research. This question is central not only to...
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Working and living in post-Fordism concerns risk and contingency. This collection identifies how the contingent contracting of post-Fordism is shaping new regulatory ideals for women including excessive attachments to work, intensive mothering, entrepreneurship and an investor subjectivity. Lisa Adkins, Maryanne Dever and their fellow authors map t...
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This chapter is concerned with transformations to domestic labour in contemporary financialised capitalism, and especially with the place of domestic labour in the process of capital accumulation via finance and financial innovation. Much of the recent literature on domestic labour, particularly — although not only — that concerned with the provisi...
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The papers of radical feminist writer Monique Wittig (1935–2003) are now available for researchers to consult in Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. This article provides an account of the provenance of the collection, its holdings and its passage to the Beinecke. In particular, it explores what has and has not survived and...
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This essay considers how assumptions concerning the visibility and legibility of archival traces of intimacy might be challenged by renewed focus on the material properties of documents. Discussion focuses on two collections: Greta Garbo’s letters to Mercedes de Acosta (1893 - 1968) and the papers of Australian writer Eve Langley (1904 - 1974). I p...
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This essay opens out a series of questions concerning matter and materiality in the age of the digital via engagement with the literary papers of Australian writer Eve Langley (1904–74), held in the Mitchell Library in Sydney. Among those papers is a single black and white snapshot labelled ‘The Manuscript Cupboard, 1970’, which shows three shelves...
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According to a range of authors and popular commentators, the post-Fordist socioeconomic order has produced a new category of female labourer, the ‘female principal breadwinner’. This article opens out this category of worker to critical scrutiny. We suggest that while the very idea of the female principal breadwinner is open to all manner of exist...
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This article examines sexual harassment in the context of the new economy and highlights the manner in which the changing nature of work — and in particular the acknowledged rise of sexualized ‘body work’ — troubles conventional understandings of what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace and the means to address it. Using data from a smal...
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This article explores the process of securing for the National Library of Australia Merle Thornton's personal archive, which documents decades of feminist activism. Thornton, a noted figure in Australia's early second-wave women's movement, is best known as one of the "Bar Room Suffragettes," who in 1965 chained themselves to the front bar of the R...
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Digital formats are often popularly imagined to spell the ‘end’ of paper. In this essay I pose a series of questions about the importance of materiality for how researchers understand and work with archived paper documents. Drawing examples from research among literary papers and personal correspondence, I highlight the ways in which paper traditio...
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Distinctions between public and private — however problematic and contested — turn on notions of borders or boundaries and this essay examines approaches to collections of private and, in some cases, highly personal papers that have found their way into public repositories. What qualities attach to these private/public papers? What makes an archive...
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This articles examines the issues involved in using archival material to research the personal lives of the Australian writers Marjorie Barnard (1897-1987), Aileen Palmer (1915-1988) and Lesbia Harford (1891-1927). the articles provides an introduction into the romantic experiences of the three women, based on their private letters, diaries and not...
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Despite a burgeoning of law schools in Australia in the last 15 years, there has been very little exploration of the expectations and aspirations of students commencing a law degree in Australia. By contrast, a number of studies on features of professional life for practising lawyers are emerging. In particular, recent studies have shown high level...
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While there is remarkably little published commentary on the material properties of what we encounter in the archive, central to these experiences is the often unacknowledged power and attraction of paper. In this essay I draw on the experience of reading Greta Garbo’s intimate correspondence with Mercedes de Acosta to pose questions about the mate...
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The Intimate Archive stages a major critical intervention into how we understand scholarly engagements with the archival traces of intimate lives. It examines the issues involved in using archival material to research the personal lives, in this case of Australian writers Marjorie Barnard (1897–1987), Aileen Palmer (1915–1988) and Lesbia Harford (1...
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This article presents findings from a qualitative study focused on the conditions that support high research productivity in women. Interviewees were all active researchers and many were national or international leaders in their respective fields. While personal factors such as motivation, focus, and good scholarly habits were identified as influe...
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Universities Australia commissioned UQSRC to investigate gender differences in early post PhD employment in Australian universities and the influence of PhD context and family on women‘s academic careers. Results of this investigation aim to clarify implications for women‘s prospects for advancement. The results indicated that female graduates were...
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This article examines recent public debate in Australia around the question of paid maternity leave with specific reference to the way this policy has been mooted as a possible key to reversing or stabilizing Australia's declining birth-rate. The paid maternity leave debate is read against a set of debates that have unfolded concurrently but genera...
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The transformation of western higher education systems within a broadly consumerist logic has generated a new focus upon the post-graduation marketability of individual fields of study. Only those subjects perceived to have strong links to identifiable labor market openings are labeled "vocational" and these are deemed by institutions and students...
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Across the past two decades feminist movements world-wide have been responding to the question of cultural difference. Comfortable notions of universal sisterhood have increasingly given way to contingent alliances shaped by new understandings of difference; power, and pluralism. In extending some of the contemporary debates in cross-cultural femin...
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This paper discusses preliminary findings from a project that seeks to generate new insights into the current downturn in Australia's birthrate. The Australian federal government's own surveys show that Australians generally believe managing work and family is getting harder not easier. At the same time, public debate surrounding a series of recent...
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This project investigates how gender differences in early career academic employment paths and research performance are shaped by graduates' family formation and PhD experiences. This is achieved by analysing a new nationally-representative data set which holds survey responses of approx. 2,000 people who graduated with a PhD between 1999 and 2001...

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