Depraved and Disorderly: Female sexuality and gender in colonial Australia by Joy Damousi

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September 1997, no. 194

Depraved and Disorderly: Female sexuality and gender in colonial Australia by Joy Damousi

Cambridge University Press, $29.95 pb, 222 pp

Depraved and Disorderly: Female sexuality and gender in colonial Australia by Joy Damousi

by
September 1997, no. 194

Much of the evidence and source material used in Depraved and Disorderly, particularly in Part One, will be familiar to the scholar of female convict history. But Joy Damousi provides some additional material which is both original and evocative. For example, her discussion of lesbianism and tattooing as both challenging to contemporary concerns about sexuality and social order, and as another means by which these women could express their own identities, provides evidence of the diversity of characters among convict women, as well as broadening our understanding of colonial society. More importantly, however, Damousi adds a further theoretical dimension to the already complex and contradictory historiography which surrounds the female convict.

Emma Floyd reviews 'Depraved and Disorderly: Female sexuality and gender in colonial Australia' by Joy Damousi

Depraved and Disorderly: Female sexuality and gender in colonial Australia

by Joy Damousi

Cambridge University Press, $29.95 pb, 222 pp

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