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

  • 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

    Academic Staff
    Name Role
    Professor Patrick Flanery Chair of Creative Writing
    Dr Rachel Hennessy Lecturer

    Dr Matthew Hooton


    Honours Creative Writing Convenor

    Ms Jill Jones

    Senior Lecturer

    Dr Joy McEntee

    Senior Lecturer

    Professor Julian Murphet The Jury Chair of English Language and Literature
    Head of Department

    Associate Professor Lucy Potter

    Associate Professor

    Professor Anne Pender The Kidman Chair in Australian Studies
    Dr Ros Prosser Senior Lecturer

    Associate Professor Meg Samuelson

    Associate Professor

    Postgraduate Coordinator

    Dr Maggie Tonkin

    Senior Lecturer

    Associate Professor Mandy Treagus

    Associate Professor

    English Honours Coordinator

    Professor Andrew van der Vlies Professor


    Emeritus Staff, Research Fellows and Titleholders
    Name Role
    Elleke Boehmer Visiting Research Fellow
    Frances Bryson Visiting Research Fellow
    Thomas Burton Emeritus Professor
    Philip Butterss Visiting Research Fellow
    Brian Castro Adjunct Professor
    Margaret Clunies-Ross Adjunct Professor
    Aidan Coleman Visiting Research Fellow
    Terence Crawford Adjunct Professor
    Mariana Dimopulos Visiting Research Fellow
    Dorothy Driver Visiting Research Fellow
    Peter Goldsworthy Adjunct Professor
    Eva Katerina Hornung Visiting Research Fellow
    Nick Jose Adjunct Professor
    Skye Krichauff Visiting Research Fellow
    Carol Lefevre Visiting Research Fellow
    Benjamin Madden Visiting Research Fellow
    Stephen Muecke Visiting Research Fellow
    Madeleine Seys Visiting Research Fellow
    Thomas Shapcott Emeritus Professor
    Susan Sheridan Visiting Research Fellow
    Karin Speedy Visiting Research Fellow
    Cheryl Stock Adjunct Associate Professor
    Nikki Sullivan Adjunct Associate Professor
    Dominic Symes Visiting Associate 
    Heather Taylor Adjunct Fellow
    Sean Williams Visiting Research Fellow


  • 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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