Professor Kossew held the Dr. R. Marika Visiting Chair of Australian Studies in the summer semester 2013.
Susan Kossew is Professor of English in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. She holds degrees from the Universities of Cape Town (South Africa), East Anglia (United Kingdom), and New South Wales (Australia), where she received her Ph.D. for a postcolonial reading of the works of J.M. Coetzee and André Brink. Her current research interests are the analysis of the literary works of J. M. Coetzee, postcolonial literatures including South African and Australian literatures, postcolonial Women's Writing (especially of Australian and South African women writers), violence and trauma in literature, and the literature of apology and reconciliation.
Serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature and New Literatures Review, Professor Kossew has published extensively on postcolonial and South African literature. Among her most recent publications are Lighting Dark Places: Essays on Kate Grenville (editor, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2010) and Strong Opinions: J.M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction (co-edited with Chris Danta and Julian Murphet, New York: Continuum Press, 2011).