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Prof Lyn Mc Credden

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Personal Chair

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

lyn.mccredden@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 43959

Biography

I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a B.A Hons (1975, Dux of Pure English), a Master of Arts (First Class Honours,1980), and a PhD (1987). I was awarded the Alexander Sutherland Prize and the Edward Stevens Exhibition in Pure English in second year; and the Dwight's Prize, Final examination in Pure English, and Shakespeare Scholarship in the final year.

I have taught at several Australian Universities (Melbourne, La Trobe, Deakin) and was a Visiting Professor at the Freie Universität, Berlin (2011). I am a longstanding member of The Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL), the national conference of scholars of Australian lierature, and was its President in 2004-5. I have been invited to present the annual Dorothy Green Lecture the 2016.

My areas of expertise include Australian poetry and fiction; literature and the sacred; and the writing of poetry. She has authored and edited 8 literary critical books, including James McAuley (1992, OUP), Bridgings: Reading Australian Women's Poetry (with Rose Lucas, 1996, OUP), Feminism and the Sacred: Creative Suspicions (with Frances Devlin-Glass, 2002, OUP), Intimate Horizons: the Post-colonial Sacred in Australian Literature (with Bill Ashcroft and Frances Devlin-Glass, 2009, ATF Press), Luminous Moments: the Contemporary Sacred (2010, ATF Press), and the edited volume, Tim Winton: Critical Essays (with Nathanael O'Reilly, 2014, UWAP). A new criticl volume, The Fiction of Tim Winton: Earthed and Sacred is being published in late 2016 by Sydney University Press, in its Australian authors series.

In 2013-2015 I conducted research for two monographs: the first on The Legacy of Tim Winton, as part of an ARC Discovery Grant, and the second on aspects of the sacred in literature.

I also publish poetry in various Australian journals.

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Biography summary

I teach and research in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. I have previously taught at the University of Melbourne, and at LaTrobe University.

Career highlights

Visiting Chair of Australian Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin.

Invited Presentations

Dorothy Green Lecture, ASAL 2016

Plenary Speaker on Australian Literature, Hefei University, China, 2015.

Plenary Speaker on Australian Literature, Suzhou University, China, 2014.

Plenary Speaker, Blaiklock lecture on the fiction of Barbara Hanrahan, Sydney University, 2010.

Plenary Speaker, Tools of Sacred, Techniques of the Secular, L'Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2010.

Research interests

Australian Literature

Indigenous writing

Poetry

Literature and the sacred (theology, religion, belief)

Literary Theory

Affiliations

Association for the Study of Australian Literature
American Association for Australian Literary Studies
European Association for the Study of Australia                                                    Australian Universities Heads of English member

Teaching interests

My teaching focuses on Australian poetry, fiction & film; issues of sacredness and literature, ideology and literature, & the discipline of Literary Studies. Authors I have taught recently include: Judith Wright, Les Murray, Patrick White, Tim Winton, Miles Franklin, Christos Tsiolkas, Ania Walwicz, Tony Birch, Lionel Fogarty, Kim Scott.

I am interested in the literary/cultural theory of Derrida, Kristeva, Lacan, Eagleton, David Jasper, Kevin Hart, Bill Ashcroft, Gayatri Spivak, Levinas.

I welcome Higher Degree Students in the areas of contemporary poetry, Australian literature, Indigenous writing and issues of the sacred in literature.

Units taught

ALL372: The Literature of Hell and Heaven (3rd year)
ALL260: Australian Literature (2nd year)
AAR412: Honours Theory (4th year).

Knowledge areas

Australian Literature

Indigenous Writing

Contemporary Poetry

Poetry and Performance.

Literature and Theology

The Sacred.

Expertise

The category of "religion" listed below, does not indicate my interest in what I, and many others, have called "the sacred". This latter - the trace of what human beings seek, in the multiple modes of making meaning, is what I am interested in; and the ways this is registered in literature. I read theory, theology, poetry and fiction, investigating the ways in which human beliefs, desires, hopes and fears are manifest in and beyond individual voice. Hence, community, ritual, worship and the search for profound meaning is what the category of sacredness indicates.
  • Arts
  • the
  • Australia
  • Higher education
  • Literature
  • Literature & creative writing
  • Religion

Conferences

The Association for the Study of Australian Literature

The American Association for Australian and New Zealand Literary Studies

The European Association for the Study of Australia

Professional activities

Leader, Faculty of Arts and Education Mentoring Scheme 2014-5                                                                                                         Faculty/IKE Liaison Committee
Manuscript assessor, JASAL (national journal of ASAL), New Scholar, ALS
ARC Assessor                                                                                                    Member, School of Education Advisory Board.                                           Member, the Australian Universities Heads of English.

 







 

Media appearances

Community Service

Member of the Mary Gilmore Poetry Prize committee (ASAL).

ASAL Chair of Judging Panel, ALS Gold Medal, 2015.

Vice-chair and member of the Churches of Christ Theological College of Victoria (1983-2009);

Panel member, University of Divinity promotions committee (2013-present);

External Honours Moderator, University of Tasmania, English Discipline, 2013 and 2014;

Reader of academic manuscripts for JASAL, ALS, Antipodes etc.

Judge, The Age Poetry Book of the Year (2004, 6, 9);

Poetry Judge, Anti-Cancer Council Prize (2009);

Poetry audio workshops for Victorian Association for Teachers of English.

Reading Australia (CAL) author, on Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.

Awards

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2008);

Visiting Professorship in Australian Literature, Frei Universitat, Berlin (2011);

ARC Discovery Project Award, Sacred and Secular in Australian Literature (with Bill Ashcroft and Frances Devlin-Glass) (2002-7);

ARC Discovery Project Award, The Legacy of Tim Winton (2013-5).

Projects

ARC Discovery Grant (2013-5): The Legacy of Tim Winton.

Publications

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2016

Tim Winton: abjection, meaning-making and Australian sacredness

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-9, Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

The fiction of Tim Winton: earthed and sacred

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2016), Sydney, N.S.W., A1

book

Word-knots and other poems

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2016), pp. -, Double dialogues, Melbourne, Vic., J3

works
2015

Tim Winton: the literary and the popular

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 323-334, Language and semiotic studies, Suzhou, China, C1

journal

Tim Winton’s poetics of resurrection

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 323-334, Literature and theology, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal
2014

Crete: Dorothy Porter, exuberance, and the limits of art

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2014), Vol. 38, pp. 271-280, Journal of Australian studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Introduction : Tim Winton, literature and the field of literary criticism

Prof Lyn Mc Credden, Nathanael O`Reilly

(2014), pp. 1-15, Tim Winton : critical essays, Perth, W.A., B1

chapter

Intolerable significance : Tim Winton's Eyrie

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2014), pp. 306-329, Tim Winton : critical essays, Perth, W.A., B1

chapter

The poet as (anti-) theologian : Chris Wallace-Crabbe's double vision

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2014), pp. 135-146, Travelling without gods: a Chris Wallace-Crabbe companion, Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter

Splintering and coalescing: language and the sacred in Patrick White’s novels

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2014), pp. 43-62, Patrick White centenary : the legacy of a prodigal son, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, B1

chapter

Violence and the sacred : Patrick White's radical vision

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2014), pp. 52-66, Patrick White: critical issues, New Delhi, India, B1

chapter
2013

(Un)belonging in Australia : poetry and nation

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2013), Vol. 73, pp. 40-57, Southerly, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Fitzroy villanesque

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2013), pp. 48-49, Eureka Street magazine, Richmond, Vic., J3

works

Wanting only

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2013), pp. -, Australian Love Poems 2013, Melbourne, Vic., J3

works

Saying sorry: the apology

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2013), pp. 559-565, Telling stories: Australian life and literature 1935-2012, Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter
2012

Ten canoes : engaging difference

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 45-56, Studies in Australasian cinema, Bristol, England, C1

journal
2011

Gelassenheit

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2011), pp. 1-1, Eureka street, Richmond, Vic., J2

works

Counter-poetics

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2011), Vol. 26, pp. 91-125, Australian literary studies, Ipswich, Qld., C1

journal
2010

Voss : earthed and transformative sacredness

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2010), pp. 109-123, Remembering Patrick White : contemporary critical essays, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

Colonial knowledge, post-colonial poetics

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2010), pp. 255-275, Postcolonial issues in Australian literature, Amherst, N.Y., B1

chapter

“A painted queen jumped free” : body and spirit in the fiction of Barbara Hanrahan

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2010), Vol. 70, pp. 15-37, Southerly : the magazine of the Australian English Association, Sydney, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Luminous moments : the contemporary sacred

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2010), Hindmarsh, S.A., A1

book
2009

Summer 2009

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2009), pp. 19-19, Prosopisia, India, J3

works

The locatedness of poetry

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2009), pp. 1-10, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature : JASAL, Toowoomba, Qld., C1

journal

Fleshed sacred : the carnal theologies of Nick Cave

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2009), pp. 167-185, Cultural seeds : essays on the work of Nick Cave, Surrey, England, B1

chapter

Intimate horizons : the post-colonial sacred in Australian literature

Prof Bill Ashcroft, Prof Lyn Mc Credden, A/Prof Frances Devlin-Glass

(2009), Hindmarsh, S. Aust., A1

book
2008

Sacred violence in the Chamberlain case

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2008), Vol. 22, pp. 117-122, Antipodes, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1

journal
2007

'It's a hungry home': postcolonial displacements, popular music and the sacred

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2007), Vol. 43, pp. 216-231, Journal of postcolonial writing, London, England, C1

journal

So you make a shadow: Australian poetry in review 2006-2007

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2007), Vol. 52, pp. 81-97, Westerly, Bassendean, W.A., C1

journal

Contemporary poetry and the sacred: Vincent Buckley, Les Murray and Samuel Wagan Watson

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2007), Vol. 23, pp. 153-167, Australian literacy studies, St. Lucia, Queensland, C1

journal

Haunted identities and the possible futures of "Aust. lit".

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2007), pp. 12-24, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Adelaide, Australia, C1

journal
2005

'Untranscended / life itself': the poetry of Pam Brown

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2005), Vol. 22, pp. 217-228, Australian literary studies, St. Lucia, Qld., C1

journal

Sacred exchange: Peter Carey`s Oscar and Lucinda

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2005), pp. 171-178, Fabulating beauty: perspectives on the fiction of Peter Carey, Amsterdam, Netherlands, B1

chapter

The impossible infinite: Les Murray, poetry, and the sacred

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2005), Vol. 19, pp. 166-171, Antipodes, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1

journal

The sacred in Australian literature: an introduction

A/Prof Frances Devlin-Glass, Prof Lyn Mc Credden, Prof Bill Ashcroft

(2005), Vol. 19, pp. 124-126, Antipodes : a North American journal of Australian literature, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2004

Writing authority in Australia

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2004), pp. 80-94, Ideas Market : an alternative take on Australia's intellectual life, Carlton, Vic., B1

chapter
2003

Postmodern rituals : contemporary Australia responds to Bali

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2003), Vol. 17, pp. 97-106, Antipodes : a North American journal of Australian literature, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1

journal
2002

Popular culture/sacredness

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2002), Vol. 5, pp. 114-126, Interface: a forum for theology in the world, Hindmarsh, S.Aust, C1

journal
2001

Indifferent angels

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2001), pp. 78-78, Overland : temper democratic, bias Australian, Mt. Eliza, Vic., J3

works

Returned to sender

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2001), pp. 78-78, Overland : temper democratic, bias Australian, Mt. Eliza, Vic, J3

works

The future of feminist spiritualities

A/Prof Frances Devlin-Glass, Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2001), pp. 245-257, Feminist poetics of the sacred, creative suspicions, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Between worlds: approaching the indigenous sacred in Australia

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2001), pp. 70-87, Feminist poetics of the sacred : creative suspicions, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter

Inside and outside the traditions : the changing shapes of feminist spiritualities

A/Prof Frances Devlin-Glass, Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2001), pp. 3-20, Feminist poetics of the sacred, creative suspicions, Oxford, England, B1

chapter
2000

Public symbol-making in Australia

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

(2000), pp. 189-197, Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century: Proceedings of the 2000 ASAL Conference, Hobart, Tas., E1

conference

Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Australian Literature and the Sacred: Contesting the Myth of Australian Secularism

Prof Lyn Mc Credden, A/Prof Frances Devlin-Glass, Prof Bill Ashcroft

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2007: $18,071
  • 2006: $26,920

The Legacy of Tim Winton

Prof Lyn Mc Credden

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2015: $49,006
  • 2014: $51,353
  • 2013: $46,731

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2014

Edwin Ng

Thesis entitled: Buddhism, Cultural Studies, A Profession of Faith

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

. Ferdinal

Thesis entitled: Abuse of Power, Oppression and the Struggle for Human Rights in Modern Indonesian Short Fiction

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2013

Adelle Louise Barry

Thesis entitled: Polities and poetics: a ¿place¿ for reconciliation

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2008

Naarah Sawers

Thesis entitled: Critical Fictions: Science, Feminism and Corporeal Subjectivity

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2007

Bridie McCarthy

Thesis entitled: At the Limits: Postcolonial and Hyperreal Translations of Australian Poetry

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2006

Jon Kenneth Newton

Thesis entitled: Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Carolyn Rose Sandford

Thesis entitled: Spectator, Fetish, Gaze

Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Antoinette Martin

Thesis entitled: (Post) Colonial Ambivalences: Christina Stead and Janet Frame

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2004

Ivar Kvistad

Thesis entitled: Radicalising Euripides' Medea

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2003

Barbara White

Thesis entitled: ¿Beyond God the Father¿ The Metaphysical in a Physical World

Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2001

Elizabeth Parsons

Thesis entitled: Poetry and Silence ¿A Sequence of Disappearances¿

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor
2015

Janice McClennan

Thesis entitled: Creative and literary responses to australian middle-class experiences of financial upheaval

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Ilona Urquhart

Thesis entitled: Diabolical Literature: Questioning the Morality of Modernism

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2014

Anna Dimitriou

Thesis entitled: Transforming Paramythi in Diasporic Literature: Five Greek Australian writers

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2013

Robert Bruce Thomson

Thesis entitled: Sir Walter Scott in the Western District: 1836 - 1851

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Katrina Hansord

Thesis entitled: 'spirit-music' Unbound: Romanticism and Print Politics in Australian Women's Poetry (1830-1905)

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2012

Alexandra Elizabeth Watkins

Thesis entitled: Problematic Identities in Women's Fiction of the Sri Lankan Diaspora

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2009

Kathleen Gregory

Thesis entitled: Parallel Readings: Western Encounters with Buddhism

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies

2008

Claire Marguerite Nihill

Thesis entitled: Escape Artists: The Female Visual Artist within Contemporary Women's Fiction

Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Toby Daniel Davidson

Thesis entitled: Born of Fire, Possessed by Darkness: Mysticism and Australian Poetry

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2005

Barbara Ann Hill

Thesis entitled: The Identity and Autonomy of the Indigenous Community within Christianity

Doctor of Philosophy, School of History, Heritage and Society

2002

Melanie Calvert

Thesis entitled: The Red Shoes: Obsessive and Contagious Narratives

Master of Arts, School of Literary & Communication Studies