Latest Projects

Literature, theory, and praxis

Founded in 2019 by Professor McLean Davies and Dr. Sarah E. Truman, the Literary Education Lab draws together a series of projects investigating the role and potentials of literary education. Our diverse projects include challenging the literary canon in schools; mobilising literary education to think about the climate crisis and issues of consent; speculative fiction as research method; the role of the digital in literary education; teacher knowledges in literary education, and more.


Literature is inherently interdisciplinary and central to English education.

We seek to partner with scholars and thinkers across a range of disciplinary fields as well as authors and organizations committed to reshaping literary cultures and production. We also work closely with teachers, students and policy makers who are invested in storytelling as a way of bringing about societal change.

Our People

Larissa McLean Davies

Larissa McLean Davies is Professor of Teacher Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Larissa McLean Davies leads large-scale Teacher Education research which mobilises partnerships with Government agencies, Education Departments, and not-for-profit organisations. She is the co-convenor of the Literary Education Lab (with Dr Sarah E. Truman), where she leads research which draws together the digital and environmental humanities, literary studies and education around core issues related to teacher professional learning in the context of justice and sustainability imperatives. Her co-authored book Literary Knowing and the Making of English Teachers will be published by Routledge in 2022.

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Sarah E. Truman

Sarah E. Truman is an Associate Professor at University of Melbourne whose research focuses on English literary education, cultural studies, and the arts. From 2022-2025, Dr. Truman is an ARC DECRA Fellow conducting a project on speculative fiction as an interdisciplinary method for thinking about the world and mode of literary engagement in diverse pedagogical settings. Dr. Truman is co-director of the Literary Education Lab; co-Director of WalkingLab, and one half of Oblique Curiosities. Dr Truman’s most recent book is Feminist Speculations and the Practice of Research-Creation (2022).

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Latest Live Event

June 13th, 2023
Public Keynote by Professor Kathryn Yusoff

June 14th, 2023
All-Day Symposium with:
Dr. Sandra Muse Isaacs
Professor Kathryn Yusoff
and Reading Climate Team

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Partner Organisations

Arts Front
Australian Research Council