Australasian Animal Studies Association

Archer-Lean, Dr Clare

Senior Lecturer, English Literature

University of the Sunshine Coast

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Research interests / activities

I am currently looking at the shifts in animal representations in recent Australian (particularly female authored) fiction.

I am interested also in the ways representations and stories around the dingo effect wild life management practice and the diverse perspectives on this enigmatic and charming animal .

Recent publications:

Archer-Lean, C, Wardell-Johnson, A, Conroy, G, and Carter, J, (2015) ‘Representations of the Dingo: contextualising iconicity’ Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol 22, no 2 pp181-196.

Archer-Lean, C. Crew, G. (2015) ‘Tracing Practise-Led Research to Locate a ‘Nature’ in Remembering Babylon ‘ submitted to AUMLA: Journal of Language, Literature and Culture (in press)

Archer-Lean, C (2014) ‘David Malouf's Remembering Babylon as a reconsideration of pastoral idealisation’ Journals for the Study of Australian Literature vol 14, no 2, available at

Archer-Lean, C., Carson, S and Hawkes, L (2013 ) ‘Fiction as a Form of Change’ in Susan Davis (ed.) 2013, Future nature, future culture(s): Peer-reviewed papers for Balance -Unbalance 2013 International Conference, May 31 – June 2, 2013, Noosa, Australia, Noosa Biosphere Limited & CQUniversity Noosa, Noosa, Qld.,

Archer-Lean, C. (2013) ‘Animals, Fictions, Alternatives’ Social Alternatives Vol 34 no 4 pp3-5.

Archer-Lean, C. (2013) Transnational Impulses as Simulation in Colin Johnson’s (Mudrooroo’s) Fiction Transnational Literature, Vol 5 Issue 2, Available online at

Archer-Lean, C. (2013) ’Knowing and Being in Eco-critical Visions of Carpentaria’ The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Vol 1 Issue 3 / 4.


Archer-Lean, C. (2021). Animal representative presence: Problems and potential in recent australian fiction in J. Gildersleeve (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature (First Edition pp282-291) London. Routledge.

Potential areas for research supervision
Literary animal studies; Environmental education and interpretation; Critical Animal studies