Staff profile - Lyn Mc Credden
Prof Lyn Mc Credden
|Position:||Personal Chair |
|Faculty or Division:||Faculty of Arts & Education|
|Department:||School of Communication & Creative Arts|
|Campus:||Melbourne Burwood Campus|
|Phone:||+61 3 92443959 +61 3 92443959|
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.
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.
- 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
Association for the Study of Australian Literature
American Association for Australian Literary Studies
European Association for the Study of Australia
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.
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).
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.
Literature and Theology
Ferdinal Ferdinal Doctor of Philosophy, The Short Story in Indonesia.
Edwin Ng Doctor of Philosphy, Buddhism and social justice.
Adelle Louise Barry
Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: Polities and poetics: a place for reconciliation.
Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: "Critical Fictions: Science, Feminism and Corporeal Subjectivity".
Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: At the Limits: Postcolonial and Hyperreal Translations of Australian Poetry.
Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: (Post) Colonial Ambivalences: Christina Stead and Janet Frame.
Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation.
Master of Arts, Thesis entitled: Spectator, Fetish, Gaze.
Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: Radicalising Medeas: Euripidean Mobilisations of Maternal Infanticide.
Master of Arts, Thesis entitled: “Beyond God the Father”: The Metaphysical in a Physical World.
Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis entitled: Poetry and Silence `A Sequence of Disappearances`. School of Literary and Communication Studies
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
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 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).
ARC Discovery Grant (2013-5): The Legacy of Tim Winton.
Literature and the sacred (theology, religion, belief)
2002-7 ARC Discovery, Chief Investigator.
2013-5 ARC Discovery, Sole Investigator.
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