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Dr Alison Moore
Dr Alison Moore

BA Hons(Sydney, PhD (Sydney)

Alison Moore began her postdoctoral fellowship at CHED in 2005. Her work entails collaboration with Professor Peter Cryle on an ARC funded study of female sexual pathologies in fin-de-siècle French texts, in particular the literary, medical and psychoanalytic construction of the concept of feminine sexual frigidity. She is member of the UQ Cultural History Project. She coordinates the unit LTCS2014, History of Erotic Narrative in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies and teaches French language there.

Alison has lectured in French at Wollongong University (1996-1998), and in nineteenth and twentieth-century European history at the University of Sydney (2002-2005), coordinating units such as ‘Politics and Culture in Twentieth-Century Europe’; ‘Nationalism in International Comparative Perspective’; and ‘Contemporary Europe, East and West.’

She completed her PhD in the Department of History, University of Sydney in 2002 under the supervision of the late Dr Ian Cameron. Since then she has worked on a project examining the role of sexual pathologisation in historical memory of World War Two in France, Germany, and in Italian cinema. She has published articles about French retribution against female collaborators at the end of WWII and its postwar representation, and about the representation of Nazi cruelty as sexual sadism, as well as articles about toilet and excretory symbolism in nineteenth and twentieth century European history.

Her first book Sexual Myths of Modernity: Sadism, Masochism and Historical Teleology is contracted to Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) and is forthcoming in 2009.

Her primary ongoing project is about the history of excretory symbolism in Europe of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and its relationship to visions of progress, ethnography, class identity and value. She is thus working on a book manuscript entitled, The Anal Imagination: Psychoanalysis, Capitalism and Excretion.

She is also working on a series of articles about the emergent field of cultural history, on interdisciplinarity, and on misunderstandings of constructionism as a form of metaphysical rather than epistemological claim in theories of history.



  • Sexual Myths of Modernity: Sadism, Masochism and Historical Teleology. (Contracted to Lexington Books [Rowman & Littlefield] forthcoming 2009)

Journal Articles

  • Relocating Marie Bonaparte’s Clitoris. Australian Feminist Studies (forthcoming 2009)
  • Frigidity, Gender and Power in French Cultural History – From Jean Fauconney to Marie Bonaparte. French Cultural Studies (forthcoming 2009)
  • The Invention of Sadism? The limits of neologisms in the history of sexuality. Contribution to a special edition of Sexualities on the work of Thomas Laqueur (forthcoming 2009).
  • Rethinking Gendered Perversion in Visions of Sadism and Masochism, 1886-1930. Journal of the History of Sexuality 18: 1/2, January/May 2009 (forthcoming).
  • Frigidity, a Slippery and Capacious Concept, co-authored with Peter Cryle, Journal of the History of Sexuality 19(forthcoming 2010)
  • Recovering Difference in the Deleuzian Dichotomy of Masochism-without-Sadism. Angelaki (forthcoming 2009).
  • Sadomasochistic Desire as Fascism. Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review 6:3, November 2005, 163-176.
  • History, Memory and Trauma in Photography of the Tondues: visuality of the Vichy past through the silent image of women. Gender and History 17:3, November 2005, 657-681.

Book Chapters

  • Sadism As Social Violence. In Sarah Toulalan and Kate Fischer (eds.), Sexual Histories; bodies and desires uncovered (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2009).
  • Colonial Visions of ‘Third World’ Toilets: A nineteenth-century discourse that haunts contemporary tourism. In Olga Gershenson and Barbara Penner (eds.), Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009), 97-113.
  • Fin de Siècle Sexuality and Excretion. In Peter Cryle and Christopher Forth (eds.), Fin de Siècle Sexuality: the making of a central problem (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008), 125-139.
  • Pathologising Female Sexual ‘Frigidity’ in Fin-De-Siècle France, or how absence was made into a thing. In David Evans and Kate Griffiths (ed.s), Pleasure and Pain in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008), 191-204.
  • Sexualités, identités, nationalismes. In François Rouquet, Fabrice Virgili, Danièle Voldman (eds.), Amours, guerres et sexualité, 1914-1945 (Paris: Gallimard, 2007), 18-25.
  • History, Memory and Trauma in Photography of the Tondues: visuality of the Vichy past through the silent image of women. In Patricia Hayes (ed.), Visual Genders, Visual Histories. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006), 139-163.
  • Female Flesh and the Boundaries of the French Nation: A theoretical intervention into recent historiography of the Tondues. In Stephen Atzert and Andrew Bonnell (eds.), Europe’s Pasts and Presents. Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for European History. (Unley SA: Australian Humanities Press, 2004), 355-367.
  • Kakao and Kaka: Chocolate and the excretory imagination in nineteenth-century Europe. In Ana Carden-Coyne and Christopher Forth (eds.), Cultures of the Abdomen: Dietetics, Digestion and Obesity in the Modern World. (New York: Palgrave, 2004), 51-69.
  • Spiritual Sadomasochism: Western and tantric perspectives. In Natalya Lusty and Ruth Walker (eds.), Masochism: Disciplines of Desire, Aesthetics of Cruelty. (Sydney, PG ARC Publications, 1998).
  • The Medieval Body and the Modern Eye; A corporeal reading of the Old French Fabliaux. In Francesca Bussey and John O. Ward (eds.), Worshipping Women; The Female, the Body and Mysticism in the Middle Ages. (Sydney: University of Sydney Press, 1997).

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