Dr Helene Bowen Raddeker

Senior Lecturer
BA Hons PhD LaTrobe
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 2335
210 Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Feminist Theory, Asian History

My research specialization is modern Japanese history, especially gender history, as well as feminist and history theory. My current research project is more in the area of feminist cultural studies, the focus being on reinventions of history and spirituality as well as ecological critiques in fantasy-writing by women (especially Australian authors).



    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2007, Sceptical history: Feminist and postmodern approaches in practice, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203479162
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 1997, Treacherous Women of Imperial Japan: Patriarchal Fictions, Patriarchal Fantasies, Original, Routledge Press, London

    Book Chapters

    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2013, 'A Woman of Ill Fame: Reconfiguring the Historical Reputation and Legacy of Kanno Suga', in Gavin M; Middleton B (ed.), Japan and the High Treason Incident, edn. 1, Routledge, pp. 91 - 102, http://www.routledgementalhealth.com/books/details/9780415509374/
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2009, 'Anarchism, Japan', in Slottje DJ (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, edn. 1, Emerald, Bingley, UK
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 1998, 'Japanese history studies in Australia', in Australasian studies of Japan, edn. Original, Central Queensland University Press, Rockhampton, Queensland, pp. 160 - 165

    Journal articles

    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2016, 'Anarchist Women of Imperial Japan: Lives, Subjectivities, Representations', Anarchist Studies, vol. 24, pp. 13 - 35, http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/anarchiststudies/
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2014, 'Bowen Raddeker, H. (2014) Review: Setsu Shigematsu, Scream from the Shadows: The Women’s Liberation Movement in Japan—Japanese Studies, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 103-105 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397', Japanese Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397.2014.908485Review
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2014, 'Goddess ‘Remembered’? Pure Origins in the Historical Metanarrative of Goddess Feminism', Outskirts, vol. 31, pp. n/a, http://www.outskirts.arts.uwa.edu.au/volumes/volume-31/helene-bowen-raddeker
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2014, 'Feminism and spirituality in fantastic fiction: Contemporary women writers in Australia', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 44, pp. 154 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2013.12.009
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2012, 'Review: Segal, Ethan Isaac, Coins, Trade and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan, Harvard University Press, 2011,', Japanese Studies, vol. 32
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2010, 'Review of Leith Morton, The Alien Within: Representation of the Exotic in Twentieth-Century Japanese Literature, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2009', Japanese Studies, vol. 30, pp. 153 - 155
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2009, 'Review of Christine L. Marran, Poison Woman: Figuring Female Transgression in Modern Japanese Culture, Minneapolis, London: University of Minnesota Press, 2007 (220 pp incl. endnotes and index)', Asian Studies Review, vol. 33, pp. 122 - 123
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2009, 'Eco/feminism and History in Fantasy Writing by Women', Outskirts: Feminisms along the edge, vol. 21, pp. 1 - 35
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2008, '[REVIEW]: Judith M. Bennett, History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006, 214 pp', American Historical Review, vol. 113, pp. 1481 - 1481
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2007, 'Review: Craig, Teruko (trans.), In the Beginning, Woman was the Sun: The Autobiography of a Japanese Feminist, Hiratsuka Raichô, New York: Columbia University Press, 2006', Asian Studies Review, vol. 31, pp. 490 - 491
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2006, 'Review: Fogel , Joshua A. (ed.), The Teleology of the Modern Nation State: China and Japan, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005', Japanese Studies, vol. 26, pp. 370 - 372
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2006, 'Difference between the Waves VS the “Eternal Return”: Today’s Students of Feminism', Outskirts: Feminisms along the edge, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 27
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2005, 'Review: Loftus, Ronald P. (trans., ed.), Telling Lives: Women’s Self-Writing in Modern Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press', Asian Studies Review, vol. 29, pp. 217 - 219
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2005, 'Anarchism, Feminism and Subjectivity in Imperial Japan: the gendered circumstances, identities and `destinies` of three infamous women', Lilith: a feminist history journal, vol. 14, pp. 27 - 40
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2004, 'Neither monk nor layman: Clerical marriage in modern Japanese', Journal of Religious History, vol. 28, pp. 303 - 305
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2002, 'Resistance to difference, sexual equality and its law-ful and out-law (anarchist) advocates in imperial Japan', Intersections, vol. 7
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2001, 'Anarcho-feminist discourse in prewar Japan: Ito Noe`s autobiographical social criticism', Anarchist Studies, pp. 97 - 125
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 2000, 'Kaneko Fumiko `traitresse` japonaise: portrait d`une femme colonisee', CLIO, Histoire, Femmes et Societes, vol. 12, pp. 177 - 188
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 1999, 'Takuboku`s `Poetic Diary` and Barthes`s anti-autobiography: (postmodernist?) fragmented selves in fragments of a life', Japanese Studies, vol. 19, pp. 183 - 199
    • Bowen Raddeker H, 1997, 'Death as Life: Political Metaphor in the Late Prison Writings (Resistance LIterature) of Kanno Suga', Bulletin of concerned Asian scholars, pp. 24 - 38

Teaching and Supervision

ARTS1900 Gendered Worlds: Intro to Women's and Gender Studies
ARTS2900 Global Feminisms
ARTS2908 Premodern Japan: Sex, Status & Power
ARTS3218 Japanese History: Modern Miracles & Mythologies
ARTS3900 Gender & Queer Critiques: Rethinking History & Other Studies

Engagement and Professional contributions

Member of Japanese Studies Association of Australa & Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association

On editorial committees of the academic journals, Australian Feminist Studies and (UK) Anarchist Studies

Regular reviewer or referee for the Australian journals Japanese Studies, Asian Studies Review; and occasionally for AFS and Intersections

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Other information

Postgraduate students successfully supervised to completion
UNSW 1997–
Sally Cove
Robert Loeffel
Usuda Akiko
Pongprad Soonthornpasuch

Roya Sahraei

Honours students successfully supervised to graduation
University of Adelaide, Centre for Asian Studies, 1990-96
Barbara Smith
Ainsley Painter
Anne Phillips
Bridget Waters
Neil McGrory
Andrew Beveridge
Cindy Taylor
Joanna Nursey-Bray
Helen Cavanagh

UNSW History, Japanese Studies, Women's & Gender Studies 1997–
Cathy Milfull
Ariane Cessna
Rob Davies
Diana Adis
Kate Bower
Gemma Edgar
Louisa Harbidge

Scarlet Wilcock