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English and Writing

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

Placing first in Australia and 18th internationally in the 2023 QS World University rankings for English Language and Literature, our discipline is held in very high regard. With more than 30 full-time staff, we have one of the largest cohorts of academics specialising in English and Creative Writing.

Our lecturers have a broad range of expertise traversing genres, authors and historical periods in English literature and language, as well as Australian, American and Irish literatures, literary theory, film and television studies, writing and rhetorical studies, and creative writing.

Our study offering

Explore and develop your skills in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other forms of writing. Gain a deep understanding of theories and histories of writing and develop the core skills of writing, structuring and editing. We give you intimate access to Sydney’s literary life, including a constant calendar of readings, performances, major literary and cultural events, and a host of celebrated visitors.

Postgraduate coursework 

Bring together contemporary critical theory with literary narratives and investigate how and why literature remains an influential cultural form in the 21st century. Consider the ways in which the study of literature works within a specifically Australian cultural context and explore the expansion of literary and cultural narratives across a broad transnational framework.


*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.  

English has a vital research culture and offers postgraduate supervision across an extensive range of areas. These include: Medieval and Early Modern Literature; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literature; Modern and Contemporary Literature; Australian and Aboriginal literature and culture; American literature and culture; British and Irish literature; world literatures; literary and cultural theories; studies in gender and sexuality; film and TV studies; scholarly editing and language studies; poetry, poetics, drama and the novel; rhetoric, aesthetics, hermeneutics and semantics; and creative writing.


English Studies delves into contemporary critical theory, the enduring significance of literature in the 21st century, and Australian literary works. It offers critical reading, literary history, and exploration of English as world literature. Tailored for research students, secondary school teachers, and literature enthusiasts seeking advanced studies.

Postgraduate coursework

Drawing from established research in a wide range of fields, in Writing Studies you will learn to combine various research methods including rhetorical, discourse and textual analysis to examine written, spoken and visual texts at various stages of production, from conception to transmission and consumption.


*Available to all students studying the Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Visual Arts, as well as all combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degrees.

Our research

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

  • The Novel, Drama, Poetry
  • Literary History
  • Literary and cultural theory
  • National and Global literatures
  • Language studies
  • Creative writing and practice-led research
  • Academic writing and rhetorical studies
  • Film and television studies

Research groups and projects

The Novel Network group examines the relationship between the novel and the ‘everyday’.

The Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture group seeks to develop intellectual and creative ties with contemporary practitioners of all kinds.

The Medieval and Early Modern Centre explores the historical, literary, linguistic, musical and artistic history of the medieval and early modern world.

Combining the experience and skills of academics and school teachers, the Shakespeare Reloaded/Better Strangers project develops 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 people


Visit the School's events calendar  to see our upcoming events and seminars about English, literature, and creative writing.

Discipline Chair

Associate Professor Rebecca Johinke

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