Academic Staff Qualifications

Research Interests

Dr Patrick Allington
BA (Hons), MA (Politics), PhD (Creative Writing), University of Adelaide

Fiction (esp. Australia, Asia-Pacific region), book criticism, political writing, literary prizes, the contemporary and future publishing industry (including scholarly publishing, literary magazines, and mainstream publishers)

Associate Professor Giselle Bastin
BA (Hons), University of Adelaide; PhD Flinders University

Royalism: Representations of British royalty in biography/biopics, and popular history; Representations of the British aristocracy in popular social history; Adaptation theory: literature on screen; the Secondary-Tertiary English Nexus 

Dr Lisa Bennett
Postgraduate Coordinator


Dr Kylie Cardell
BA (Hons) First Class, PhD University of Queensland; Grad Cert. Ed (Tertiary Education) Flinders University.

Contemporary and emerging genres of life writing; diary studies and scholarship; social media and self-representation, genres of creative non-fiction; self-help and autobiography; graphic and visual life narratives

Associate Professor Kate Douglas
Head of Department
BA (Hons), BSW Newcastle, Grad Cert. Ed Ph.D University of Queensland

Life Writing; auto/biography studies; childhood and youth cultures; memory and trauma studies; pedagogies of reading

Dr Dymphna Lonergan
BA (Hons), MA, PhD; Flinders University

Academic and Professional English; Anglo-Irish Literature; Australian Literature; History of the English Language; Irish Language and socio linguistics; Place Names

Dr Sky Marsen
BA (Hons) London, MA Paris, PhD Monash

 Narrative Theory, Business Communication, Stylistics, Professional Writing, Discourse Analysis

Dr Amy Matthews
Honours Coordinator


Dr Eric Parisot
Director of Studies
BA/BSc Melbourne, BA (Hons) Monash, MPhil Glasgow, PhD Melbourne

Eighteenth-century literature; Romanticism; Gothic literature; graveyard poetry; sentimentalism and sensibility; representations of suicide; death in literature; history of emotions; Judaeo-Christian mythology in literature; constructions of literary fame/afterlives

Associate Professor Robert Phiddian 


Dr Nick Prescott
BA (Hons); PhD Flinders University


Genre fiction, particularly Crime and Detective fiction; Intertextuality and palimpsest; Contemporary American literature; Postmodernism and Postmodern Literature; French cinema and the Cinéma du Look; the works of Thomas Pynchon, Patricia Highsmith, Don DeLillo, and M. John Harrison; screen media and adaptation; creative arts and creative process.

Dr Erin Sebo
BA (Hons.), MA Monash University; PhD Trinity College, University of Dublin

Medieval literature and language; epic poetry, especially Beowulf; wisdom literature; orality, influence and intertextuality; gender and the heroic ethos; the history of emotion; early medieval cultural contact and the development of social structures; Old English; Middle English; historical linguistics

Professional Staff