Early Modern Literature and Culture

The Early Modern Literature and Culture (EMLAC) research cluster is based within the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of Sydney. It comprises staff and students involved in Early Modern research and teaching.

The group seeks to promote all varieties of enquiry into early modern literature and culture, reaching back into the Middle Ages and forward into the Eighteenth Century.

Undergraduate, honours, postgraduate and staff research is concentrated and accelerated here with a view to fostering individual and collective research aims.


We meet regularly, usually on the last Friday of every month during semester. The format of the meetings take many different forms (from reading group-type activities, through the presentation of work-in-progress and the demonstration of new research resources, to the presentation of fully developed academic papers) and we are always open to new suggestions.

Please contact Dr Huw Griffiths to find out how EMLAC can help you and how you can be part of this exciting research cluster, and to add your name to our mailing list.

We are particularly interested to hear from you if you are:

  • An established academic researcher (from Australia or overseas) in early modern studies who is interested in visiting or contributing to our research meetings.
  • An undergraduate student (at any university) interested in pursuing early modern literature research at the University of Sydney at honours and/or postgraduate levels.


Current staff from the Department of English who are regular participants include: