Published   semiannually
Language(s)   English
ISSN   0705-7113
Editorial Board


CLARE CORBOULD, School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies, Monash University
MICHAEL ONDAATJE, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle
HEATHER NEILSON, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW@ADFA


TIMOTHY VERHOEVEN (History and related disciplines), School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies, Monash University
MELISSA HARDIE (Literature and related disciplines), Department of English, University of Sydney


JENNIFER FROST, University of Auckland
PAUL GILES, University of Sydney
IAN GORDON, Department of History, National University of Singapore, Singapore
MARILYN LAKE, University of Melbourne
JANE PARK, University of Sydney
STEPHEN ROBERTSON, University of Sydney
PAUL TAILLON, University of Auckland
IAN TYRRELL, University of New South Wales
SHANE WHITE, University of Sydney

Submission Guidelines and Editorial Policies

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to:
Clare Corbould (email:; or
Michael L. Ondaatje (email:; or
Heather Neilson (email:

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically. Font should be Times New Roman 12 for the text and Times New Roman 10 for the endnotes. Submissions should follow the conventions of The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010. All articles are peer reviewed, and should not normally exceed 6,000 words in length. Endnotes should be grouped at the end of the article. Contributors are requested to include institutional affiliation, biographical details and an abstract.

The Editorial Board is responsible for the selection and acceptance of all contributions, but the opinions expressed and the accuracy of statements made therein remain the responsibility of individual authors. Papers are considered with the understanding that they have not been published and are not under consideration elsewhere.

Articles appearing in this journal are indexed in Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life and the MLA. The journal is part of JSTOR, where issues appear three years after publication. The journal is also part of the EBSCO Australian/New Zealand Reference Centre database. All material published in AJAS becomes the property of the Editors on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association. AJAS is sent free to all members of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association.


Australasian Journal of American Studies

Published by the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association

AJAS (ISSN 0705-7113) is the official journal of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association.  It is published twice a year, in July and December.


The purpose of the Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association (ANZASA) is to encourage study and research in all aspects of U.S. culture and society.  In addition to publishing this Journal, the Association holds scholarly biennial conferences, supports postgraduate seminars, publishes occasional papers, supports research travel to the United States for postgraduate research candidates and encourages scholarly exchanges between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.


July 2015, Vol. 34 No. 1

A Question of Allegiance: African American Intellectuals, Présence Africaine and the 1956 Congrès des écrivains et artistes noirs

“The Strong do Eat”: David Mitchell and Herman Melville –  A Study in Intertextuality

“Ropa Carmagin”: A Speculative Essay on Margaret Mitchell’s Lost “Race Novella”

WINNER OF THE NORMAN HARPER PRIZE 2014 When Opposites Attract: The Rise and Fall of the Defense of Marriage Act Within a Neoliberal Hegemonic Framework

CONVERSATION An Interview with Donna Merwick

The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1878-1880, edited by Pierre A.Walker and Greg W. Zacharias

Robert Schenkkan, All the Way

Ira Katznelson, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

Phillip Deery, Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York

Susan Naramore Maher, Deep Map Country: Literary Cartography of the Great Plains

Lynching Beyond Dixie: American Mob Violence Outside the South, edited by Michael J. Pfeifer

Lewis Perry, Civil Disobedience: An American Tradition

Douglas B. Craig, Progressives at War: William G. McAdoo and Newton D. Baker

Ari Kelman, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling over the Memory of Sand Creek


Other Issues

December 2014, Vol. 33 No. 2
July 2014, Vol. 33 No. 1
December 2013, Vol. 32 No. 2
July 2013, Vol. 32 No. 1
December 2012, Vol. 31 No. 2
July 2012, Vol. 31 No. 1
December 2011, Vol. 30 No. 2
July 2011, Vol. 30 No. 1
December 2010, Vol. 29 No. 2
July 2010, Vol. 29 No. 1
December 2009, Vol. 28 No. 2
July 2009, Vol. 28 No. 1
December 2008, Vol. 27 No. 2
July 2008, Vol. 27 No. 1
December 2007, Vol. 26 No. 2
July 2007, Vol. 26, No. 1
December 2006, Vol. 25 No. 2
July 2006, Vol. 25 No. 1
December 2005, Vol. 24 No. 2
July 2005, Vol. 24, No. 1
December 2005, Vol. 24, No. 2