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Dr Xu Daozhi is a Macquarie University Research Fellow in the Department of English at Macquarie University where she is undertaking a project exploring Indigenous and Asian interrelations in contemporary Australian literature published by Indigenous and Asian Australian authors.

Her monograph Indigenous Cultural Capital: Postcolonial Narratives in Australian Children’s Literature (2018) won the Biennial Australian Studies in China Book Prize, awarded by Australia–China Council in 2018. It was also one of the three books shortlisted for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) “Alvie Egan Award” in 2019. Her scholarly articles have appeared in Journal of Australian Studies, Australian Aboriginal Studies, Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature, JASAL, and Antipodes, etc. She is also interested in translation and has translated or co-translated several books.

She is on the Executive of the International Australian Studies Association. She is also a member of Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence.

Research interests

  • postcolonial studies
  • cultural theory
  • Indigenous literature
  • Asian Australian literature
  • children’s literature
  • studies of race and ethnicity
  • settler colonialism

Education/Academic qualification

English Literary Studies, Ph.D, University of Hong Kong

1 Sep 20113 Dec 2016

English Language and Literature , Master of Arts, Renmin University of China

1 Sep 200813 Jun 2011

English Language and Literature (translation), Bachelor of Arts, Minzu University of China

1 Sep 20041 Jul 2008

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Research Outputs

Teacher language awareness and scaffolded interaction in CLIL science classrooms

Xu, D. & Harfitt, G. J., 25 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education. 7, 2, p. 212–232 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • Indigenous cultural capital: postcolonial narratives in Australian children's literature

    Xu, D., 2018, Oxford ; New York: Peter Lang. 236 p. (Australian Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives; vol. 2)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Liminality and communitas in literary representations of Aboriginal and Asian encounters

    Xu, D., 2018, In : Journal of Australian studies. 42, 4, p. 475–490 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access