About the MSL


The Melbourne School of Literature was formed during the lockdowns of the pandemic summer of 2021/22. During this time, para-academic teaching and learning grew online, while universities went through another round of massive restructuring and layoffs. There had already been several gestures to begin a branch of the MSCP dedicated to literature, and at this point in time it seemed urgent.

The MSL offers courses in literature and writing both in-person in Melbourne, and online via Zoom. We want to connect literary scholarship to the people writing "literature" now, in Melbourne on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people, and our larger networks interstate and overseas.

The MSL is letting go of the university’s demand for “knowledge” and holding on to the desire to read and write, producing our own knowledge in the process.

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Past Courses

MSL Winter 2022

The Poetics of Rebellion in Australasia - Lecturer: Elese Dowden
Nietzsche’s Children: The Nietzschean Impulse & the 20th Century Avant-Garde - Lecturer: Thomas Moran
Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus: the sound of modernity - Lecturer: Eva Birch
Genealogy of postcritique: the critic, the university, and the crisis of crisis - Lecturer: Michael Graham

MSL Evening School Sem2 2022

Visiting Authors: Transnationalism and Australian Literary History - Lecturer: Brendan Casey

MSL Summer School 2023

Love Poetry - Lecturer: Lucy Van
Elegiac Poetry: Who Mourns and How - Lecturer: Autumn Royal

MSL Evening School Sem1 2023

The Will to Style: critical seminars on the false problems of fiction - Lecturer: Ursula Robinson-Shaw
Creative Writing Workshop: Narrative Prose - Lecturers: Ursula Robinson-Shaw & Jack Kirne