Emma Maguire is a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing.

Emma has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Flinders University (2011), and a PhD in English Literature, also from Flinders University (2016). She is an award winning teacher of English and Creative Writing, and she was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for her PhD thesis,  Automedial Girlhoods: Reading Girls’ Autobiographical Practice in Digital Contexts.

Her book Girls, Autobiography, Media: Gender and Self-Mediation in Digital Economies (2018, Palgrave Macmillan) investigates autobiographical strategies employed by girls and young women in contemporary digital media, and it considers how such self-representations of youthful femininity are received and critiqued.

Emma is also a co-founder of The Hearth Collective, a group of creatives who host regular events in Adelaide to support emerging writers and artists.

She is a member of the Flinders Life Narrative Research Group.

She is the ECR rep for the CASE Cohort Mentoring Program and she was Co-Coordinator of the English Major from 2019-2020 inclusive.

  • EL2011: Creative Writing (Level 2; TSV)
  • EL2014: Creative Nonfiction (Level 2; TSV)
  • Life Writing and Auto/Biography Studies
  • Creative nonfiction, memoir, the personal essay, autobiographical representation, biographical writing
  • Gender in literature and popular culture
  • Digital media, automediality, self-branding, and media history
  • Gender and sexualities
  • Creative writing, practice-led research, and creative approaches to the honours and postgraduate thesis
  • Short stories, literary fiction, genre fiction, prose, narrative and storytelling
  • English Literature
  • Life narrative and creative nonfiction, biography, the personal essay, self-branding
  • Short stories, flash fiction, the novella, digital writing
  • Introduction to creative writing
  • 2016 - Lecturer in Literary Studies, Monash University
  • 2013 to 2015 - Tutor - English & Creative Writing, Flinders University
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - Vice Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
  • 2015 - Best Student Paper Award for “Home, About, Shop, Contact: Constructing an Authorial Persona via the Author Website,” published in M/C (Media/Culture) Journal.
  • 2014 - School of Humanities and Creative Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Part Time Teaching
  • 2013 - Runner Up: 3 Minute Thesis University Final
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs
  • International Auto/Biography Association

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 24+ research outputs authored by Dr Emma Maguire from 2013 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Agriculture in Australian fiction: Developing a new literary experience of the sugar industry in the wet tropics of far north Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Practice-led research in creative writing: exploring the power of nature to alleviate feelings of homesickness through life writing. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Longing, Loss and Love in Queer Vampire Fiction: A Creative and Critical Approach to Writing Desire (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Negotiating Truth, Memory and Ethics: Writing Childhood Trauma in a Post-“Misery Memoir” Era (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • The Victorian Gold Rush: a Creative Schizoanalysis (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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