Postgraduate Research in English

The Department of English offers comprehensive coverage of English literature and language, and the historical cultures which have nurtured them, from their beginnings in the Anglo-Saxon period through to the most recent creative and critical work.

The range of the department’s research interests is extensive, in terms of both topic and varieties of critical approach. Areas of special strength include: Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, and Celtic studies; Middle English Studies; Renaissance and seventeenth-century literature; Romanticism; nineteenth-century literature; drama studies; film studies; Australian literature; American literature; modernism and postmodernism; colonial and pastcolonial studies; literary theory; modern English language studies; and creative writing. Staff participate in the interdisciplinary programs of Australian Studies, Gender Studies, and Performance Studies. The Centre for Medieval Studies, Centre for Celtic Studies, and Australian Language Research Centre are all based in or closely related to the department.

Research students have access to the faculty’s Postgraduate Arts Research Centres (PGARC), and to the collection at the Fisher Library, the largest University library in Australia, with a collection of five million books and online access to a vast range of databases, books and journals. The rare book collection in Fisher has outstanding holdings in English literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Australian literature, American literature and science fiction.

The department holds regular research seminars at which staff, visiting academics, postdoctoral fellows and research students present papers of wide interest. Research students also participate in a fortnightly research seminar of their own.

For more information, visit the Department of English website.

English postgraduate research programs

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Contacts

Chair of Department

Liam Eagle Semler
Phone Number +61 2 9351 6852
Email liam.semler@sydney.edu.au
Web Staff Page
Address Room N325
A20 - John Woolley
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Postgraduate Research Coordinator

Mark Stephen Byron
Phone Number +61 2 9351 2276
Email mark.byron@sydney.edu.au
Web Staff Page
Address Room N328
A20 - John Woolley
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia