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Personal Chair, Literary Studies, Deakin University

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.


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    Personal Chair, Literary Studies, Deakin University