Literature both reflects and shapes cultural and intellectual life. Our rich, vibrant and interdisciplinary program offers a personally rewarding experience that prepares our students for global career paths in journalism, cultural industries, and international government and non-government organisations.
Our academics specialise in a variety of languages and cultures, as well as in literature, film studies, theatre studies, cultural studies and the social sciences. Our intellectual diversity enables new ways of understanding cultural difference and negotiation, an important skill for the 21st century.
What is the relationship between literature, language and culture? What can we learn about different societies from the stories they produce? International and Comparative Literary Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary subject taught by academics with vast expertise in the languages and cultures of the world.
Our strengths in research cover the following areas, and we provide supervision and mentoring to Honours, Doctoral and Postdoctoral students in these areas:
Modern literature and literary modernism in and across the countries and cultures named above (including North America and Australia)
Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque literature
Transcultural and translation studies
Literary theories and genres across cultures
Literature and performance
Literature and cinema, including film adaptations, cinema and world stars
Cross-cultural sociology and politics of literature
Literature, history, and memory
Literature and nationalism
Cultural and religious identities in literature
Popular literature and popular culture
Postcoloniality, migration and diaspora
Literature, gender and feminist thought
Gay, lesbian and queer literature and cinema
Creativity and the process of writing
23–25 August 2019
Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.
This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.