Department of English and Creative Writing

The Department of English and Creative Writing is a dynamic mix of award-winning teachers, writers, and researchers dedicated to the study and/or the creation of texts that reflect, shape, and change our world.

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The English major focuses on literary texts, movements and theory, other cultural forms such as film, and cultural theory. The Creative Writing major offers a practical and reflective introduction to writing in traditional, emerging, and experimental genres.

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  • Our teaching

    The Department offers a range of stimulating courses in literature and theory from the early modern period to today, and in creative writing genres both traditional and new. In English Studies, we offer courses in Shakespeare, modernism, postmodernism, Victorian literature, 18th century literature, Australian literature and culture, cultural studies, ways of reading, the Anthropocene and environmental writing, film, adaptation, literary imitation, tragedy, the Sixties, southern and world literatures, and American literature. In Creative Writing, we offer courses in the genres of the short story, the novel, poetry, and also in editing, travel writing, political writing, script writing, fictocritical writing, writing apocalypse, creative non-fiction, and electronic and experimental writing.

  • Our people

     

    Professor Brian Castro

    Chair of Creative Writing

    Dr Matthew Hooton

    Lecturer

    Honours Creative Writing Convenor

    Jill Jones

    Senior Lecturer

    Professor Nick Jose

    Professor

    Dr Joy McEntee

    Senior Lecturer

    Associate Professor Lucy Potter

    Associate Professor

    Dr Ros Prosser

    Senior Lecturer

    Creative Writing Honours Coordinator

    Head of Department

    Associate Professor Meg Samuelson

    Associate Professor

    Postgraduate Coordinator

    Dr Maggie Tonkin

    Senior Lecturer

    Associate Professor Mandy Treagus

    Associate Professor

    English Honours Coordinator

  • Our research

    The Department of English and Creative Writing has a vibrant research culture, and contributes world-class research papers and related outputs in many areas.

    We welcome all inquiries to study with us at postgraduate as well as undergraduate levels. Currently, staff in the Department are actively researching and publishing in the following areas: oceanic and coastal literatures, literatures of the south, Anthropocene studies and environmental humanities, American film, adaptation, American literature, melancholia in Migrant writing, archetypal poetics, William Gass, Hans Gumbrecht and the music of prose, Indigenous Australian studies, fictocritical writing, trans-local reading, southern site-specific literary and cultural analysis, the novel, the short story, creative non-fiction, contemporary women’s writing, dance, psychiatry and literature, Pacific literature and visual culture, Victorian studies, Australian studies, classical receptions, early modern English drama, the classical concepts of catharsis and ekphrasis, cultural studies and theory, memory, gender and sexuality. 

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