Facts & figures
English Language and Literature
- #1 in Australia
- #18 in the world
- 2018 QS World University rankings
Facts & figures
Placing first in Australia and 18th internationally in the 2018 QS World University rankings for English Language and Literature, our department is held in very high regard. With more than 30 full-time academic staff, we’re also one of the largest.
Our academics have a broad range of expertise traversing genres, authors and historical periods in English literature and language, as well as Irish, American and Australian literatures, literary theory, film studies and creative writing.
Through our leading researchers, we have have expertise across these areas:
The Shakespeare Reloaded/Better Strangers project
Combining the experience and skills of academics and school teachers, we develop fresh approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare, producing educational activities for the classroom, professional development workshops and the publication of research outputs on the theory and practice of pedagogy. Our ideas and activities can be found on the project website.
An extensive collection of reference works, books and literary journals about Australian writers, poets, dramatists, essayists and critics.
Aboriginal culture, history and writing, Australian history, short story and poetry collections and criticism, theatre, war, queer literary theory, post-colonial writing, cinema, autobiography and women’s writing are all accounted for. The centre maintains subscriptions to major Australian literary journals and is actively acquiring key Australian films.
Location: rooms N411 and N416, John Woolley Building
Contact: Professor Robert Dixon
Visit the What's On calendar to see all our upcoming events and seminars.
When: 22 - 25 November 2018
Location: University of Sydney, Camperdown/Darlington Campus
Hosted by the Novel Network, this conference will explore the past and present condition of the Bildungsroman, with its myriad transformations and diversifications not only in the novel proper but also in memoir, film and long-form television. It will bring together exciting work in disciplines often separated by periodising and disciplinary paradigms and gather experts in prose fiction, film and television from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries and from a range of language areas to concentrate on this key narrative form.
When: 27 - 30 November 2018
Location: The University of Sydney, Camperdown/Darlington Campus
The Tionól will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 November 2018. The main conference sessions will be held on 28, 29 and 30 November 2018. Read the conference circular (pdf, 103.8KB) and program (pdf, 125KB).
When: 30 November 2018, 1 - 2.30pm
Location: Rogers Room, Woolley A20, University of Sydney
Early Modern Literature and Culture group presents Nicola Parsons on Jane Barker’s Patchwork Screen Novels and Domestic Material Cultures.