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Research Biography

Lisa Bennett completed a BFA (Hons) at the University of Ottawa before earning a BA (Hons) and PhD in medieval Icelandic literature and cultural memory at Flinders University. At Flinders, she has taught a wide variety of topics, including Vikings and Anglo-Saxon Literature, Reading and Writing Short Stories, Life Writing, Crime Fiction, Adaptations and advanced creative writing workshops. Under the name Lisa L. Hannett, she has published over 75 short stories in venues including Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy, Weird Tales, the Year's Best Australian Horror and Fantasy (Aus), the Year's Best Dark Horror and Fantasy (USA) and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (Can). She has won four Aurealis Awards, including 'Best Collection 2011' for her first book, Bluegrass Symphony, which was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

Research Interests

Novel writing
Fiction writing, particularly short stories and short story cycles
Speculative fiction (fantasy, magical realism, horror, science fiction, post-apocalyptic)
Contemporary Australian genre fiction
Contemporary fiction
Medieval literature, particularly Old Norse and Old English
Myths and mythology
Cultural Memory theory
Vikings in history and literature
Vikings in Popular Culture

Supervised Students Successes

  • Jan 2018 Grace Chipperfield - Fulbright Scholarship

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Science Fiction (2)
  • Literary fiction (1)
  • Myth and magical realism (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Life Writing (3)
  • Historical fiction (1)
  • Science Fiction (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Creative writing

Supervisory Interests

  • Icelandic literature
  • Creative writing
  • Creative writing, novels
  • Creative writing, short stories
  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy literature
  • Contemporary fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Mythology
  • Cultural memory
  • Medieval and epic poetry
  • Contemporary literature


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