Literary and Cultural Studies

books-features-150x150The Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Research Program offers specialisations in literary studies, creative writing and translation and interpreting studies. We also offer the only practice-based PhD in translation studies in Australia.

Program content

The following degrees are offered in the Literary & Cultural Studies Program:

  • 2695 Master of Arts
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy
  • 3940 Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing)
  • 4080 Doctor of Philosophy (Translation Studies)

Handbook entry for the Literary and Cultural Studies PhD Program

Research areas and supervisors

Australian texts and contexts, including their international reception and the intersection of local imaginative worlds with others (esp. those of Europe and the Asia-Pacific); race, gender, and the proliferating themes of (post) colonialism in Australian writing; and the various branches of non-fiction, including autobiography, political polemic and historical narrative.

New and original works of creative writing, in the forms of poetry, fiction and literary non-fiction, in a variety of genres such as the novel, free verse poetry, short fiction, memoir, personal essay, narrative verse, crime fiction, fantasy fiction, historical fiction and experimental writing, produced by Monash staff and creative writers as non-traditional researchers.

The rich tradition of critical theory in all areas and forms of cultural expression, from poetics and aesthetics to deconstruction, from Romanticism to ecocriticism, from psychoanalysis to the logic of social order, from the culture industry to the canons of high culture, from anthropological definitions of the human to the other-than-human and post-human in literature.


Discursive and cultural constructions of gender in literary and cultural texts; feminist, queer and minority gender theories.

The history of literature and literatures in pre-national, national and comparative perspective; the history of ideas in their political, societal and philosophical contexts and as manifested in literature; human equality as a cultural norm and a philosophical idea; the history of words, terms and concepts in their rhetorical as well as their rational dimensions; the production, dissemination and use of books as objects of material culture.

Popular literary genres (crime fiction, detective thriller, romance, horror, manga); adaptations of the literary canon(s); national and transnational cinema; auteur, “movement” (Poetic Realism, Neo-Realism, New Wave) and genre (film noir etc.) studies; avant-garde cinema; mocumentaries; popular culture genres and gender

The impact of technologies on the formation, perception and understanding of literature, culture and society; intermediality; questions of how advances in image production have changed our understanding of texts and how the digital realm has altered the authority of knowledge; the politics of children’s literature; blogs; the literary canon as hypertext.

Harry Aveling
Translation & Interpreting History

Jeremy Breaden
Professional Identities

Jim Hlavac
Modes and Ethics of Interpreting; Sociolinguistics of Interpreting and Interpreters; Contrastive Analysis and Translation

Marc Orlando
Training and Pedagogical Approaches; Modes and Ethics of Interpreting; Translation & Interpreting History; Professional Identities

Paul Thomas
Translation & Interpreting History; Media Translation

Rita Wilson
Translation & Migration; Literary Translation; Translation & Society

Cultural constructions of the self in narratives emphasising the dialectic between the local and the global. Literary representations of national, regional, diasporic and hybrid forms of identity. The intersection of migration, translation and literature in an age of increased global mobility, in which literary production by transnational writers has become both an enriching and challenging factor in many national literatures.

The apprehension of utopian and dystopian worlds and societies in literature, especially fiction. Various strands of apocalypticism; the themes of climate change and environmental degradation; energy crises; the possibility of nuclear conflict. Theoretical approaches include ecocriticism and nuclear criticism.

Literary representations of violence (cultural and social, political, psychological, domestic, racial, gendered). The language and spectacle of violence, from major public historical events such as war, genocide and revolution, to more intimate contexts (the home, the family, local environments).

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