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Ailwood, Sarah

Senior Lecturer, School of Law

  • Legal Intersections Research Centre
  • Feminist Research Network

Overview


Sarah Ailwood is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Wollongong. She researches and publishes in the fields of law and humanities and literary studies, with a particular emphasis on gender in law and literature. Her current research explores women’s legal testimony, listening and law reform, drawing on both historical case studies and analysing women’s speech, law and listening in the #metoo era. She is the author of Jane Austen’s Men: Rewriting Masculinity in the Romantic Era (Routledge, 2020) as well as articles and essays on women’s memoirs of legal experience.

Before joining the University of Wollongong in 2020, Sarah was Assistant Professor, Associate Dean (Innovation) and LLB Program Director in the School of Law at the University of Canberra. She is the recipient of a UC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for her teaching in the First Year Law Program, and the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research-Integrated Teaching for Gender and the Legal System.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2020 Jane Austen's Men: Rewriting Masculinity in the Romantic Era
    2016 The true state of my case: the memoirs of Mrs Anne Bailey, 1771
    Published in   Law, Crime and History: deviance and the law in historical perspectivE
    2015 The laws of God and men: Eliza Davies’ Story of an Earnest Life

Research Overview


  • Sarah’s research draws on literary studies, gender theory and legal theory to investigate relationships between gender and subjectivity in both law and literature. Her primary research interest lies in how women negotiate conceptions of selfhood, subjectivity and agency through textual genres, particularly through a legal lens.

    Sarah’s current research explores women’s testimony of legal experience both within and beyond the courtroom, from the eighteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on the #metoo movement. She is investigating the eighteenth-century origins of the #metoo movement, as well as Australian responses to #metoo, including through defamation law and through sexual harassment law reform processes. Sarah is undertaking a new research project investigating the critical role that listening plays in feminist law reform, both historically and in the present.

    Sarah also has ongoing research interests in women’s writing, specifically on the eighteenth century and Romantic era. Her book Jane Austen’s Men: Rewriting Masculinity in the Romantic Era (Routledge, 2020) explores the creation of a new model of masculine identity attuned to feminine agency by Austen in concert with other women writers of the Romantic era. She has also published articles and essays on Austen’s men and regularly reviews for journals and academic publishers on eighteenth-century and Romantic women’s writing.

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Connections Between Literature and History: Examples from Texts such as the Outlander series
    Doctor of Philosophy Popular Literature as a Critical Framework for Youth Legal Activism Poole, Kaitlyn
    Doctor of Philosophy Kate Llewellyn - Antipodean Romantic Sladek, Peta

Keywords


  • Gender in law and literature

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2020 Jane Austen's Men: Rewriting Masculinity in the Romantic Era
    2016 The true state of my case: the memoirs of Mrs Anne Bailey, 1771
    Published in   Law, Crime and History: deviance and the law in historical perspectivE
    2015 The laws of God and men: Eliza Davies’ Story of an Earnest Life

Research Overview


  • Sarah’s research draws on literary studies, gender theory and legal theory to investigate relationships between gender and subjectivity in both law and literature. Her primary research interest lies in how women negotiate conceptions of selfhood, subjectivity and agency through textual genres, particularly through a legal lens.

    Sarah’s current research explores women’s testimony of legal experience both within and beyond the courtroom, from the eighteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on the #metoo movement. She is investigating the eighteenth-century origins of the #metoo movement, as well as Australian responses to #metoo, including through defamation law and through sexual harassment law reform processes. Sarah is undertaking a new research project investigating the critical role that listening plays in feminist law reform, both historically and in the present.

    Sarah also has ongoing research interests in women’s writing, specifically on the eighteenth century and Romantic era. Her book Jane Austen’s Men: Rewriting Masculinity in the Romantic Era (Routledge, 2020) explores the creation of a new model of masculine identity attuned to feminine agency by Austen in concert with other women writers of the Romantic era. She has also published articles and essays on Austen’s men and regularly reviews for journals and academic publishers on eighteenth-century and Romantic women’s writing.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Connections Between Literature and History: Examples from Texts such as the Outlander series
    Doctor of Philosophy Popular Literature as a Critical Framework for Youth Legal Activism Poole, Kaitlyn
    Doctor of Philosophy Kate Llewellyn - Antipodean Romantic Sladek, Peta

Keywords


  • Gender in law and literature
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