National and Global Literatures

Australian and Aboriginal literature and culture

Since the establishment of the world’s first chair in Australian Literature in 1963, the University of Sydney has been recognised as one of the world’s leading research centres in Australian literary studies.

The research interests of current staff are at once wide enough to represent the field as a whole while also providing leadership in specialised and emerging areas. They include national and international perspectives on colonial, modern, contemporary, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing across a range of literary genres, as well as theatre, film and television. Our research is supported by international conferences convened by the Australian literature program, and the Australian Literature Resources Centre, which hosts visiting national and international researchers, most recently from China and the United States.

Our current research projects include: transnational approaches to the study of Australian literature; re-imagining Australian modernism; poetry and popular culture; decolonisation theory and Indigenous and non-Indigenous literatures; ecocritical approaches to Australian writing, Australian ecopoetics and the representation of Indigenous country; modern, postmodern and contemporary poetry and poetics; creative writing in poetry; the history and formation of contemporary Australian poetry publishing, editing, critical and archival communities; the poetics of suburban Australian space and place; literary careers, reputation and activism.


American literature and culture

The Department maintains a strong research profile in a wide range of American literary studies that incorporates various forms and media from the 17th to the 21st century. We have particular strengths in film and screen cultures, transnationalism and regionalism. Our current research projects focus on temporality, “minor” modernisms, literary and cinema cultures, and the American novel mid 20th century.

Our collaborative research includes the University-wide American Cultures workshop, and the Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture (ModCon) cluster.


World Literatures