Our Publications

The English Association is associated with two publications. The first is the journal Southerly.  Its homepage can be found here.

The second is series of conference papers from the English Association Conference.  The most recent of these is Scoping the Syllabus. Previous publications include Ways of Teaching and New Directions.  These publications are designed to support teachers of HSC English.

scoping the syllabus


Scoping the Syllabus brings together ten incisive papers by leading academics, given at the recent English Association conference. Ways of Teaching, published in 2009, has eight distinguished essays on crucial texts, and New Directions, published in 2008, offers a further ten.  The material is tailored to meet the needs of teachers of the English curriculum, and to articulate work done at Secondary Schools to the work of academics at the University of Sydney, UNSW, ACU, and across the state.


Each book is available by mail order for only $25 incl. p&p.. You can buy two for $35 incl. p&p. or three for $45 incl. p&p.

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Professional Teachers Council NSW (PTC)
PO Box 577 Leichhardt NSW 2040
Ph: 02 9564 3322 Fax: 02 9564 2342


Creative Writing: Belonging  KATE LILLEY

The bloody napkin and the sweet uses of displacement in As You Like It RICHARD MADELAINE

‘God Sees My Name’: Belonging in The Crucible BRIGITTA OLUBAS

Belonging and Not Belonging in the Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield   DIANA R. HARRIS

Cinematic Belonging—Attaching to the Blockbuster   MELISSA JANE HARDIE

Romantic Revisionism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese PHOEBE POON

‘An eerie familiar feeling’: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Birthday Letters ADRIAN JONES

‘The Dialogue of the Mind with Itself’: Questing and Questioning in Romantic Poetry WILL CHRISTIE

The Rhetoric of Sensation: Austen, Bronte and the Gothic romance   FIONA MORRISON

Charmed Lives: Language and Gender Misrule in Twelfth Night and Orlando KATE LIVETT



ways of teaching

Remembering History: The Fiftieth Gate SELINA SAMUELS

‘Between two places and a hard rock’: teaching the ‘half-Sword parlying Romans’ in Julius Caesar RICHARD MADELAINE

Homesick: Cloudstreet and the death drive   ELIZABETH McMAHON

Teaching Poetry   KATE LILLEY

Modes of Belonging in Romulus, My Father   BRIGITTA OLUBAS


Area of Study: Belonging, or, What’s in a name?   DIANA R. HARRIS

Coleridge, Austen, and the Two Romanticisms   WILL CHRISTIE

Watching the Detectives: Teaching Crime Writing with Hitchcock, James and Ondaatje MELISSA JANE HARDIE


IMG_0007Area of Study 2009-2012: Belonging   SELINA SAMUELS

Shakespeare, the Sequel: Richard III and Looking for Richard   DIANA R. HARRIS

‘Oft haue I seene him, leap into the Graue’: the performance of cultural anxieties in Hamlet RICHARD MADELAINE

Sympathy for the Double: Replication from Frankenstein to Blade Runner DAVID KELLY

First Impressions; or, The Portrait: Art and Architecture in Pride and Prejudice   WILL CHRISTIE

Longing and Belonging: Emily Dickinson’s poetics of distance   ELIZABETH McMAHON

Denise Levertov’s Poetics of ‘Revolutionary Love’   KATE LILLEY

Panic Stations:  Post-war Experience and Writing After the Bomb   MELISSA JANE HARDIE

To Have Loved and Lost: Life Writing and the Rhetoric of Consolation   FIONA MORRISON

Inherited Anger: From Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own to Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? KATE LIVETT

William Christie,  Professor of English at the University of Sydney, is author of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Literary Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), an edition of The Letters of Francis Jeffrey to Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Pickering & Chatto, 2008), and The Edinburgh Review in the Literary Culture of Romantic Britain: Mammoth and Megalonyx (Pickering & Chatto, 2009).

Melissa Jane Hardie is Senior Lecturer in English, University of Sydney, and President of the English Association.

Diana R. Harris teaches English at Bradfield Senior College, North Sydney, has lectured at the University of Auckland, where she gained her PhD, and has published in the area of Shakespeare on screen. Her research interests include literary adaptations and New Zealand literature.

Adrian Jones has taught at the University of Sydney, where he wrote his PhD on Anne Sexton and the poetry of therapy. His research interests include psychoanalysis, contemporary American poetry, and television.

David Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sydney. He has written on the films of Hitchcock, Campion, Zinneman and Scorsese, among others, in exploring the relationship between literature and cinema.

Kate Lilley is Associate Professor in English at the University of Sydney where she is the Director of Creative Writing. Her books include Ladylike (2012) and Versary (Salt, 2002), which won the Grace Leven Prize. She has published widely on poetry and poetics.

Kate Livett‘s primary research areas are Cultural Studies and literary Modernism—particularly the writing of female Modernists.

Richard Madelaine, Associate Professor of English at the University of New South Wales, was the author of Antony and Cleopatra in the Shakespeare in Production series (Cambridge University Press, 1998), joint editor of ‘O Brave New World’: Two Centuries of Shakespeare on the Australian Stage (Currency Press, 2001) and joint series editor of the Bell Shakespeare Series (Halstead Press).

Elizabeth McMahon is Associate Professor in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales. She is the co-editor of Southerly, Australia oldest literary journal, and the president of the Association of the Study of Australian Literature.

Fiona Morrison is a Lecturer in English at the University of Sydney. Her research areas include postcolonial representation and theories of genre, narrative and discourse. Her book on the English literary canon, Masters in Pieces, was published by Cambridge in 2006. She is working on a critical edition of Dorothy Hewett’s non-fiction for the University of Western Australia Press.

Brigitta Olubas is Associate Professor in English at the University of New South Wales. She has published widely in Australian literary and visual culture. Her current research is on author Shirley Hazzard and her most recent publication is Remembering Patrick White (Rodopi, 2009), jointly edited with Elizabeth McMahon.

Phoebe Poon has taught at the University of New South Wales and also at the University of Sydney, where she wrote her PhD on the Victorian novel. She has forthcoming publications in this field, and publications on film. Her other research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, film and literature, and legal and literary discourse.

Selina Samuels is the Head of English at Ascham School. She was the editor of the four Australian volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography and the recipient in 2007 of the A.A. Phillips Award for outstanding contribution to Australian literary scholarship.

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