Article by Literary Education Lab’s McLean Davies, Truman, and Buzacott in Gender and Education

Members of the Literary Education Lab: Larissa McLean Davies, Sarah E. Truman, and Lucy Buzacott have an article out in Gender and Education entitled: Teacher-researchers: a pilot project for unsettling the secondary Australian literary canon


Despite ongoing attempts to disrupt the white cis-hetero-masculine nature of the literary canon the secondary school English curriculum remains tethered to its lineage. In conversation with feminist new materialist scholars who argue that the stories we read and write have material affects on who we are becoming, this paper argues that in order to mobilise change in the secondary years of schooling, interventions into the canon must move beyond (re)forming text lists or providing teachers with readymade pedagogical resources. Drawing on the Australian context, the authors outline some of the contemporary challenges teachers face in diversifying and decolonising the curriculum. Drawing on their Literary Linking Methodology the authors discuss a pilot project that seeks to unsettle the canon by supporting teachers to undertake extended immersion with both contemporary literary texts and archival research. Accordingly, this paper contributes to understandings of the tensions and challenges teachers face in introducing contemporary Australian texts into the curriculum and offers insights into the ways in which professional learning might be (re)imagined so that English teachers might draw on available cultural resources as researchers and literary knowledge producers in the twenty-first century.

Join us for our Speculative Fiction Reading Salon

Why speculative fiction? Speculative fiction has for decades highlighted, critiqued, and troubled advances in science and technology, recognized and explored gender fluidity, advocated for social justice and heralded the ‘post-human’ in its varied manifestations – cultural, biological, and technological. 

Speculative thought allows readers and thinkers to consider the past, present, and future otherwise. 

Academics, students and staff interested in speculative literature, science fiction, STEM imaginaries, and the ethics and politics of literary ‘worldings’ are welcome to join. 

The texts we will be reading in the first 6 months of the salons will prioritize Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, trans & non-binary authors of speculative fiction.

Upcoming texts include:

  • February 6th Terra Nullius (by Claire Coleman)
  • March 5th The Marrow Thieves (by Cherie Dimaline)
  • April 2nd An Unkindness of Ghosts (by Rivers Solomon)
  • May 7th Binti (by Nnedi Okorafor)
  • June 4thFrankissstein (by Jenette Winterson)
  • July 2ndFull Metal Indigiqueer (by Joshua Whitehead)

Please purchase or borrow the book from the library. If they’re not in the library, tell the library to order them!

To sign up please contact Dr. Sarah E. Truman