BA (Hons 1st Class ) (English and Australian Literature) University of Sydney;
PhD (Australian Literature), University of Sydney;
Dr Elizabeth McMahon is a Professor in the School of the Arts and Media. Her research interests are in Australian literature, Island Studies and Gender studies.
In Island Studies, she has published ten scholarly works, including one sole-authored monograph (2016) and one co-authored monograph (2023). Her 2016 monograph, Islands, Identity and the Literary Imagination (New York and London: Anthem) is the culmination of research funded by an ARC Discovery grant titled Our Island Home: The Shifting Map of Australian Literature. The monograph won the 2017 Walter McRae Russell Award for 'the best work of literary criticism on an Australian subject published within the previous 2 calendar years'; and the inaugural (2017) Australian University Heads of English Prize for 'best book of literary scholarship published by an Australian-based author in the previous twelve months'. Her most recent monograph, co-authored with Elaine Stratford and Godfrey Baldacchino, is titled Rethinking Island Methodologies (Rowman 2023).
Professor McMahon has also published widely in Australian Literary Studies, especially on women writers and the representation of gender and sexuality. These outputs include 16 articles or book chapters, and with Dr Brigitta Olubas, three edited collections on Australian writers: Antigone Kefala (University of Western Australia Press, 2021), Elizabeth Harrower (University of Sydney Press, 2016 ) and Patrick White, (Rodopi, 2010).
From 1998-2007 Professor McMahon edited Australian Humanities Review. From 2008 to 2023 co-edited Southerly, Australian oldest literary journal, and from 2013 to 2023 co-edited a book series titled Rethinking the Island for Rowman and Littlefield International.
1. In 2017 Elizabeth's monograph, Islands, Identity and the Literary Imagination won two awards:
i. The Walter McRae Russell Award for 'the best book of literary scholarship on an Australian subject published in the preceding two calendar years', awarded by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature;
ii. The inaugural AUHE Prize for Literary Scholarship, awarded by the association of the Australian University Heads of English for the best work of literary criticism by an academic at and Australian university in the calendar year.
2. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean's award for postgraduate supervision, 2011.
3. Vice Chancellor's Teaching Merit Award, The University of Tasmania, 2000.
4. Eva Vidak Memorial Award for the best thesis in Australian Literature (PhD), University of Sydney, 1995.
Elizabeth is a member of the Australian Association of the Study of Australian Literature.
She is on the editorial board of Studies in Australian Cinema and on the Editorial Advisory Committee for the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.
Elizabeth was an elected member of The University of New South Wales Council 2010-2012.
Since 2008 Elizabeth has co-edited Southerly, Australia's oldest literary journal. Southerly includes peer-reviewed scholarly essays, new creative fiction and poetry, and is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the NSW Ministry for the Arts. Issues edited by Elizabeth include:
From 1998-2007 Elizabeth edited Australian Humanities Review, an AVCC-funded initiative to take Australian debate in the humanities online and showcase research to an international readership.
FRom 2013-2023 Elizabeth co-edited a book series titled, Rethinking the Island for Rowman and Littlefield International.
Elizabeth served on the executive of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature for 6 years, with 2 years as President.
My Research Supervision
Current PhD supervisions:
Current Master of Arts Supervision
Elizabeth convenes and teaches
The First Year English and Creative Writing hybrid course, The Literature Laboratory
The Second Year English course, Australian Literature
The Second Year English course, Queer Modernisms.