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Department of English

Opening up the extraordinary, inspiring world of literature
We are one of the largest English departments in Australia, enriched by the research excellence of our internationally distinguished staff.

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.

Study area

Our research

Through our leading researchers, we have have expertise across these areas: 

  • National and global literatures
  • Literary history
  • Literary and cultural theory
  • Language studies
  • Creative writing and practice-led research
  • Film studies

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.

Research centres

Australian Literature Resources Centre

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

Our people

  • Emeritus Professor Geraldine Barnes
  • Dr Linzy Brady
  • Associate Professor David G. Brooks
  • Emeritus Professor Margaret Clunies Ross
  • Professor Will Christie
  • Dr Jessica Milner Davis
  • Michelle de Kretser
  • Emeritus Professor Penny Gay
  • Associate Professor Jenny Gribble
  • Emeritus Professor Margaret Harris
  • Associate Professor Rosemary Huisman
  • Dr Ursula Potter
  • Associate Professor Margaret Rogerson
  • Dr Beverley Sherry
  • Dr Nicolette Stasko
  • Dr John Tranter
  • Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby
  • Emeritus Professor Michael Wilding
  • Emeritus Professor Gerald Wilkes
  • Dr Tarrin Wills
  • Dr Sue Woolfe


Visit the What's On calendar  to see all our upcoming events and seminars.

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).

Learn more and register


When: 30 November 2018, 1 - 2.30pm 

Location: Schaeffer Seminar Room, RC Mills Building (A26), University of Sydney, Camperdown


Early Modern Literature and Culture group presents Nicola Parsons on Jane Barker’s Patchwork Screen Novels and Domestic Material Cultures.


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