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.
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.
For all postgraduate inquiries please contact Associate Professor Meg Samuelson.
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.
Dr Rachel Hennessy Lecturer
Honours Creative Writing Convenor
Professor Julian Murphet The Jury Chair of English Language and Literature
Professor Anne Pender The Kidman Chair in Australian Studies
Head of Department
English Honours Coordinator
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.