Department of English

Dr Sarah-Jane Burton

ENGL-SJ Burton

Position: Associate Lecturer in English

Contact Details

Office: W6A 634
Telephone: (02) 9850 8125



Selected Awards

Dissertation Grant, Harvard University
Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, Indiana University


Sarah-Jane's interests include 20th Century American literature with an emphasis on poetry, as well as literary networks and coteries, literature and the academy, women's madness narratives and Indigenous Australian literature.

She is currently engaged in research projects about the 20th century American poets Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton focusing on the structures of 1950's American society and the literary culture of New England (USA).  

Selected publications

"Buried Influences: Sexton, Plath and Lowell" This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton. Ed. Amanda Golden & David Trinidad. University Press of Florida. 2015.

"An Introduction to "The Boston Trio": Sylvia Plath with Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton". Plath Profiles, 6 (Summer 2013), 75-84


  • ENGL120 Approaches to English Literature 
  • ENGL219 Pulitzers, Bookers, Nobels: Prize-Winning Books
  • ENGL306 Feminism and Literature
  • ENGL303 Narrative and the Novel
  • ENGL373 American Literature and the Mid Twentieth-Century