Exploring social concerns from the past and present through written and visual literature
Literary and visual genres are spaces for the imaginative exploration of pressing social concerns. Literary studies research explores literature, film, television and theatre, looking at creative writings, historical and contemporary works of literature, and other cultural forms of expression.
We aim to understand the cultural significance and uses of literature, while fostering creative knowledge and production in Western Australia.
Our researchers study a wide range of literatures from the past and the present, including:
- Ancient Greek and Roman writing
- Medieval literature
- Shakespeare and his contemporaries
- Romanticism and the nineteenth-century novel
- International modernist writing
- Postcolonial fiction from former French colonies
UWA has a proud tradition in the historical study of literature and creative research, through theatre productions in various languages, the publication of Westerly (one of the oldest literary magazines in Australia), and practical studies in creative writing.
The study of Australia’s literary heritage and its contemporary production is a key priority, with the endowment of a nationally funded Chair in Australian Literature. Among the topics of current or recent research include studies of the Holocaust in children’s literature, Shakespeare’s cinema of love, and literature and the environment.
Studying History introduces you to the way we create the collective memory of the human race. This is not as easy as it sounds, as our memory can play tricks.
English and Cultural Studies
With English and Cultural Studies, you will explore many areas of reading, writing and performance including the study of literature, film, theatre and creative and professional writing.
The study of Philosophy involves thinking about some of the big questions we ask during our lifetime.
Classics and Ancient History
Roman and Greek ancient civilisations provided the foundations for modern Western society.
UWA PhD graduate Josephine Wilson wins the Miles Franklin Literary Prize
Perth-based writer Josephine Wilson has won the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Extinctions, written as part of her UWA PhD.Read more
Writing the WA Wheatbelt
What can creative literature tell us about radical environmental change? Author and UWA Associate Professor Dr Tony Hughes-d’Aeth explores the interconnectivity of literature to places.Read more
Institute of Advanced Studies
The Institute of Advanced Studies brings researchers from all over the world to UWA with the aim of further enhancing UWA’s global research profile.
Call for volunteers
We invite student volunteers for events such as Open Day, conferences and journal production. We also welcome graduates to volunteer to address student groups on career opportunities. Contact us on the details below for more information.