English and Theatre Studies

Latecomers: Anita Brookner Then and Now

17-18 March 2017 International conference call for papers

As we approach the first anniversary of Anita Brookner's death, this first international and interdisciplinary conference devoted to Brookner seeks to explore the meaning and significance of Brookner's vast legacy, in both fiction and non-fiction.

Please note: The call for papers is now open until Friday 16 December 2016.

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The English and Theatre Studies program at the University of Melbourne is recognised nationally and internationally for its innovative teaching, scholarship and research.

English and Theatre Studies is a combined program, and students can specialise in either area. It offers studies across a wide range of literary and theatrical texts, focusing on how these work as imaginative encounters with the world. It encourages research into literary histories and promotes an ongoing engagement with the literary present; it asks students to relate literary and performative texts to their own lives and to situate them in the framework of key ideas and practices.

The program is taught by staff who are prominent researchers in their areas of expertise. Areas of study include:

  • Medieval and Early Modern literature
  • Romantic and Victorian literature
  • Modernism and contemporary literature
  • Literature and other media
  • Genre
  • Australian and American literatures
  • Theatre, dramaturgy and performance
  • Literature and social and cultural theory

The program also has strong connections to the Australian Centre, the Research Unit in Public Cultures and the Centre for the History of Emotions. It regularly holds symposia and conferences and showcases the work of visiting researchers.

Reading complex texts and interpreting performance events affords us valuable insights into who we are. Our graduates are knowledgeable, persuasive, and confident in handling challenging material and complex information, and they find placements in a variety of jobs. Just as importantly, you graduate from English and Theatre Studies with a lifetime of pleasure in the arts ahead of you, your appreciation of the world around you quickened by your knowledge of literary and theatrical expression.