We are a Department with robust research strengths and outputs in the broad fields of Literary Studies and Creative Writing. Our disciplinary strengths include:

  • Medieval literatures
  • Renaissance literatures
  • Eighteenth century British literatures
  • Life Writing / autobiography studies
  • Contemporary literatures
  • Creative Writing
  • Genre fiction

Our scholars have links to a number of academic organisations and networks including the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the International Auto/biography Association, the International Auto/Biography Association: Asia-Pacific, The Australian Association for Writing Programmes, The South Australian Writers’ Centre, The Romance Writers of Australia, The Romance Writers of America, and Viking Society for Northern Research.

The Department hosts the Life Narrative Research Group. We host regular seminar series and national and international conferences, particularly in the disciplines of creative writing, life writing, and literary pedagogies.


Recent books by Literary Studies and Creative Writing staff include: