Darkness Subverted: Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film. Bonn UP-Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010.


Walter McRae Russell Award for Literary Scholarship 2011


Althans, Katrin. Darkness Subverted: Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film. Bonn UP-Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 2010. Abstract. English and American Studies in German, vol. 1, no. 1, 2012, pp. 69-71. Print.


Mudrooroo. “Gothic Imagination or Maban Reality?” Review of Darkness Subverted: Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film by Katrin Althans. Australian Women’s Book Review, vol. 22, no. 2, 2010, Accessed 29 September 2020.

Review of Darkness Subverted: Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film by Katrin Althans. Reference & Research Book News, vol. 25, no. 3, 2010, p. 269.

as Editor

Australian Perspectives on Migration: From Botany Bay to Manus, edited by Katrin Althans, David Kern and Beate Neumeier, WVT, 2020 (forthcoming).


“‘A shocking deception’: Legal Fictions and Lying in The Woman in White and No Name.” Being Untruthful: Lies, Fictionality and Related Nonfactualities, edited by Monika Fludernik and Stephen Packard, Ergon, 2021 (under review).

“Negotiating the Mabo Decision: Philip McLaren’s Mabo.” A Companion to Philip McLaren, edited by Patricia Plummer, 2021 (under review).

“Aboriginal Jurisprudence in Philip McLaren’s Lightning Mine.” Mabo’s Cultural Legacy: The Mabo Decision, 25 Years On, edited by Eva Bischoff and Geoffrey Rodoreda, Anthem P, 2020 (forthcoming).

“Australian Representations of Refugee Experiences: Poverty or Bare Life?” Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World, edited by Verena Jain-Warden and Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp, Bonn UP-Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020 (forthcoming).

“Defying the ‘Ecological Indian’: The Urban Ecopoetry of Samuel Wagan Watson.” Ecocritical Concerns and the Australian Continent, edited by Beate Neumeier and Helen Tiffin, Lexington-Rowman & Littlefield, 2019, pp. 251-62. red arrow

“Aboriginal Gothic.” Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion, edited by Maisha Wester and Xavier Aldana Reyes, Edinburgh UP, 2019, pp. 276-88. red arrow

“Singing Brisbane into Being: A Geocritical Approach to Samuel Wagan Watson’s smoke encrypted whispers.” Nature and Environment in Australia, edited by Boris Braun, Victoria Herche, and Beate Neumeier, WVT, 2018, pp. 209-20. red arrow

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Map 1: Detail of standard OpenStreetMap of Brisbane (© OpenStreetMap and Contributors, CC-BY-SA)

Map 2: Satellite image of Brisbane (© Google Earth)

Map 3: Literary map of Samuel Wagan Watson’s Brisbane as depicted in smoke encrypted whispers (© OpenStreetMap and Contributors, CC-BY-SA, created by Katrin Althans using umap)

“Stories of the Intervention: The Narrative Power of the Law.” ‘And there’ll be NO dancing’: Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia since 2007, edited by Elisabeth Baehr and Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp, Cambridge Scholars, 2017, pp. 185-97. red arrow

“Die kulturelle Bedeutung des Dreaming.” Text + Bild, vol. 2, 2017, pp. 34-7. red arrow

“Forgotten Voices: The Female ANZAC and Male National Identity.” Gender Forum no. 53, 2015, Accessed 29 September 2020. (Peer Reviewed)

“De-Commodifying the Gothic: The Strange Case of the Two-Faced Kadaitcha.” Dissections vol. 10, 2014, Accessed 29 September 2020. (Peer Reviewed)

“‘And in my dreaming I can let go of the spirits of the past.’ Gothicizing the Common Law in Richard Frankland’s ‘NoWay to Forget’.” Decolonizing the Landscape: Indigenous Cultures in Australia, edited by Beate Neumeier and Kay Schaffer, Rodopi, 2014, pp. 255-73. red arrow

“White Shadows: The Gothic Tradition in Australian Aboriginal Literature.” A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, edited by Belinda Wheeler, Camden House-Boydell&Brewer, 2013, pp. 139-54. red arrow

“Playing the Buffyverse, Playing the Gothic: Genre, Gender, and Cross-Media Interactivity in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds.” Game On, Hollywood!: Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema, edited by Joseph M. Sommers and Gretchen Papazian, McFarland, 2013, pp. 20-34. red arrow

“Nightmares in the Dreamtime: On Aboriginal Australian Weird Fiction.” Studies in Australian Weird Fiction, no. 2, 2008, pp. 163–71. (with Gerry Turcotte)

“Re-Biting the Canon: Indigenous Gothic in Mudrooroo’s Vampire-Trilogy.” Acolit, no. 57, 2005, pp. 27-8.


Rev. of The Mabo Turn in Australian Fiction, by Geoff Rodoreda. Zeitschrift für Australienstudien, vol. 33/34, 2020/2021 (forthcoming).

Rev. of Contemporary Women’s Gothic Fiction: Carnivals, Hauntings and Vampire Kisses, by Gina Whisker. Anglistik, vol. 29, no. 1, 2018, pp. 169–71.


“‘A Time to Lie’: The Narrative Authority of the Law.” Contexts of Displacement, Refugee Protection and Forced Migrants’ Lives. 3rd Conference of the German Network of Forced Migration Researchers, Universität zu Köln. 17 September 2020.

“Postkolonialen Theorien, Flucht und die performativen Wirkungen des Flüchtlingsrechts.” Reflexive Wende der Migrationsforschung. Workshop, Universität Duisburg-Essen. 10 October 2020.

“Gothic Down Under: An Introduction.” Gastvortrag, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. 7 June 2020.

“Undoing the 18th-Century Feminist: The Duchess, Georgiana Cavendish, and the Historical Romance.” Das 18. Jahrhundert in Film und Populärkultur. BGECS-Jahrestagung, Universität Bonn. 2 October 2019.

“Fact, Fiction, and Lying in Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White.” Lying and Related Fictions. Internationale Konferenz, Universität Freiburg. 16 February 2019.

“Mabo in Literature: The Ratio Decidendi of Philip McLaren’s Lightning Mine.” Mabo’s Cultural Legacy: The Mabo Decision, 25 Years On. Interdisziplinärer Workshop, Universität Stutgart. 18 November 2017.

“The Literary Geography of Brisbane in Sam Wagan Watson’s Poetry.” Nature and Environment in Australia. International GASt-Conference, Universität zu Köln. 30 September 2016

“Stories of the NT ‘Intervention’: The Narrative Power of the Law.” The “Intervention” and its Consequences. Internationale Konferenz, Universität Bonn. 9 October 2015.

“Transgression als Mittel der Rechtskritik in der Indigenen Literatur Australiens.” Grenzüberschreitung und Exzess. Ringvorlesung Diversityforschung, Universität Duisburg-Essen. 2 July 2015.

“Australian Immigration: Spatial Representations of Poverty.” Representing Poverty in the Anglophone Postcolonial World. Internationale Konferenz, Universität Bonn. 20 June 2015.

Jack Maggs Reconsidered: The Legal Fictions of Great Expectations.” Symposium, Universität Duisburg-Essen. 12 June 2015.

“The Kadaitcha Revisited: Justice and Cultural Identity in a Post-Mabo World – The Case of Nicole Watson’s The Boundary.” Postcolonial Justice. Joint ASNEL/GASt-Conference, University of Potsdam. 29 May 2014.

“Law and Film: An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Philip McLaren’s Mabo.” Indigenous Australian Literature in Context, 1993-2013. International Symposium, University of Duisburg-Essen. 13 April 2013.

“Can Literature Learn from Law? Methodological Considerations.” Münster Symposium on Law and Literature, University of Münster. 21 May 2012.

“De-Commodifying the Gothic: The Strange Case of the Split Kadaitcha.” Gothic limits / Gothic Ltd. IGA Conference, University of Heidelberg. 4 August 2011.

“Gothicizing the Law: Legal Issues in The Kadaitcha Sung.” Indigenous Knowledge: Issues of Cultural Transfer and Transformation. Symposium, University of Cologne. 6 July 2011.

“Translating Transgression: How Black Australian Artists Translate the Gothic.” Translating Cultures: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. EASA Conference, University of Roskilde. 29 October 2007.

“Re-Biting the Canon: Indigenous Gothic in Black Australians’ Cultural Expressions.” Word and Image: Under Construction. GNEL/ASNEL Conference, University of Koblenz. 26 May 2006.


Panels “Justice after Mabo I & II.” Co-Chair with Patricia Plummer. Postcolonial Justice. Joint ASNEL/GASt-Conference, University of Potsdam. 29 May 2014.

Workshop “The Complex Relation between Culture and Law: Methods, Concepts, Approaches.” Co-Chair with Martin Zeilinger. Culture, Rights, Identity. International Summer Institute for the Cultural Study of the Law, University of Osnabrück. 7 – 17 August 2012.

Peer Reviews

History of Intellectual Culture

Journal of Postcolonial Writing

Tillburg Law Review

Transnational Literature

LIMINA: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies