Staff profile - Lyn Mc Credden

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Prof Lyn Mc Credden

Position: Personal Chair
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443959 +61 3 92443959
Email: lyn.mccredden@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Professor Lyn McCredden 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). She 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.

Lyn has taught at several Australian Universities (Melbourne, La Trobe, Deakin) and was a Visiting Professor at the Freie Universität, Berlin (2011). She Is a longstanding member of The Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and was its President in 2004-5.

Lyn's 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 Nat O'Reilly, 2014, UWAP).

Lyn is currently conducting research for two monographs: the first on The Legacy of Tim Winton, as part of her ARC Discovery Grant, and the second on aspects of the sacred in literature.

She also publishes poetry in various Australian journals.


Biography summary

Professor Lyn McCredden teaches and researches in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. She specializes in Australian Literature.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education, University of Melbourne, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1975
  • Master of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1980
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1987


Affiliations

Association for the Study of Australian Literature
American Association for Australian Literary Studies
European Association for the Study of Australia


Professional activities

Faculty/IKE Liaison Committee
Editorial Board Member, Journal of ASAL
Editorial Board Member, The Bible and Critical Theory
ARC Assessor                                                                                                  Member, School of Education Advisory Board.







 

Academic

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.


Subjects and units currently teaching

ALL372: The Literature of Hell and Heaven (3rd year)
ALL360: Australian Literature (2nd year)
AAR412: Honours Theory (4th year).


Expertise categories

Expertise summary

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.

Knowledge areas

Australian Literature

Indigenous Writing

Contemporary Poetry

Literature and Theology

Poetry


Student supervision

2014

Ferdinal Ferdinal     Doctor of Philosophy, The Short Story in Indonesia.

Edwin Ng                  Doctor of Philosphy, Buddhism and social justice.

2013

Adelle Louise Barry
    Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: Polities and poetics: a place for reconciliation.
   
2008

Naarah Sawers
    Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: "Critical Fictions: Science, Feminism    and Corporeal Subjectivity".
 
 2007

Bridie Mccarthy
    Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: At the Limits: Postcolonial and Hyperreal Translations of Australian Poetry.
 
  2006

Antoinette Martin
    Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: (Post) Colonial Ambivalences: Christina Stead and Janet Frame.
       

Jon Newton
    Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation.
   

Carolyn Sandford
    Master of Arts, Thesis entitled: Spectator, Fetish, Gaze.
 
2004

Ivar Kvistad
    Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: Radicalising Medeas: Euripidean Mobilisations of Maternal Infanticide.

2003

Barbara White
    Master of Arts, Thesis entitled: “Beyond God the Father”: The Metaphysical in a Physical World.
 
2001

Elizabeth Parsons
    Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: Poetry and Silence `A Sequence of    Disappearances`. School of Literary and Communication Studies
   

 2000

 Elizabeth Nanlohy
    Master of Arts, Thesis entitled: Fundamentalism Meets Feminism: Postmodern Confrontation in the Work of Janette Turner Hospital.


Conferences and seminars

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

Media appearances

Community Service

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

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

External Honours Moderator, University of Tasmania, English Discipline;

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.

Awards

Awards and prizes

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).


Research

Research projects

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


Research interests

Australian Literature

Indigenous writing

Poetry

Literature and the sacred (theology, religion, belief)

Literary Theory


Research grants

2002-7  ARC Discovery, Chief Investigator.

2013-5  ARC Discovery, Sole Investigator.


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/18598/Prof-Lyn-Mc-Credden


Publications

Publications

Monographs and Edited Books


1989    Women's Words: A Local Anthology (ed., Desbooks)
1992    James McAuley (OUP)
1996    The Space of Poetry: Australian Essays on Contemporary Poetics (MUP,   ed. with Stephanie Trigg)
1996    Bridgings: Reading Australian Women's Poetry (OUP, with Rose Lucas)
2002    Femininsm and the Sacred: Creative Suspicions (OUP, ed. with Frances Devlin-Glass)
2009   Intimate Horizons: the Post-colonial Sacred in Australian Literature (ATF Press, with Bill Ashcroft and Lyn McCredden).
2010   Luminous Moments: the Contemporary Sacred (ATF Press)
2014   Tim Winton: Critical Essays (UWAP, ed. with Nathanael O'Reilly)

Recent Articles and Chapters
(2014) "Splintering and coalescing: language and the sacred in Patrick White’s novels", in Ashcroft, Bill and vanden Driesen, Cynthia (eds), Patrick White centenary : the legacy of a prodigal son, pp. 43-62, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, England [B1]

(2014) "The poet as (anti-) theologian : Chris Wallace-Crabbe's double vision", in Atherton, Cassandra (eds), Travelling without gods: a Chris Wallace-Crabbe companion, pp. 135-146, Melbourne University Press,

(2014) "Tim Winton, literature and the field of literary criticism", in McCredden, Lyn and O'Reilly, Nathanael (eds), Tim Winton : critical essays, pp. 1-15, University of Western Australia

(2014) "Intolerable significance : Tim Winton's Eyrie", in McCredden, Lyn and O'Reilly, Nathanael (eds), Tim Winton : critical essays, pp. 306-329, University of Western Australia Press, Perth, W.A. [B1]

(2014) "Violence and the sacred : Patrick White's radical vision", in Kaur, Ishmeet (eds), Patrick White: critical issues, pp. 52-66, Atlantic Publishers., New Delhi, India [B1]

(2014) "Crete: Dorothy Porter, exuberance, and the limits of art", Journal of Australian studies, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 271-280, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, England [C1]
ERA journal ID: 34876 – Scopus EID: 2-s2.0-84904533389

(2013) "Saying Sorry: the Apology," in Genoni, Paul and Dalziell, Tanya (eds), Telling stories: Australian life and literature 1935-2012, pp. 559-565, Monash University Press, Melbourne, Vic. [B1]

(2013) "(Un)belonging in Australia : poetry and nation", Southerly, vol. 73, no. 1, pp. 40-57, Brandl & Schlesinger, Sydney, N.S.W. [C1]
ERA journal ID: 11637 – Scopus EID: Not tagged

(2013) "Dreams of belonging : Tim Winton's Cloudstreet", Reading Australia, p. 1, Copyright Agency Viscopy, Sydney, N.S.W. [C2.1]
ERA journal ID: Not matching ERA journal list

(2013) "Delight and revolution: literary studies, aesthetics and ideology", Australian Literary Studies, vol. 28, no. 1-2, pp. 138-152, Queensland University Press, Ispwich, Queensland [C2.1]
ERA journal ID: 11529 – Scopus EID: 2-s2.0-84897951552

(2012) "Ten canoes: Engaging Difference", Studies in Australasian Cinema, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 45-56, Intellect Ltd., Bristol, England [C1]
ERA journal ID: 35827 – Scopus EID: 2-s2.0-84868651460

(2011) "Counter-poetics", Australian Literary Studies, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 91-125, University of Queensland Press, Ipswich, Qld. [C1]
ERA journal ID: 11529 – Scopus EID: 2-s2.0-84857804233

See https://deakin.academia.edu/LynMcCredden


Link to publications

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=mccrely


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