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samedi 25 février 2012

ASAL postgraduate symposium: 'Locating the literary in Australian literature'



Date: Saturday 17 March 2012
Time: 9am – 5pm
Venue: University of Queensland

The study of Australian literature has taken so many 'turns' in recent decades that an appreciation of the literariness of texts is often obscured by the political motivations of a critic’s chosen methodology. This symposium will not devalue the contribution to knowledge that theory-driven approaches have made, but it will investigate whether a place can and should be found for discussion of Australian literature as literature.

A team of experienced researchers and teachers of Australian literature will lead sessions devoted to a single work or the works of a particular author: Dr Maggie Nolan and Dr Robert Clarke will discuss Kate Grenville’s The Secret River by extracting it from the ‘history wars’ and considering its literary merits; Dr Bronwen Levy will look at the work of Elizabeth Jolley as a contribution to Australian literature; and Professor Pat Buckridge will consider the value of literary appreciation as an approach to teaching Australian classics like Such is Life, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, and Voss.

The symposium is aimed at honours students and postgraduates, but anyone with an interest in Australian literature is welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided (courtesy of ASAL) and participants are invited to join the session leaders at an informal dinner following the symposium. A reading list will be circulated in the weeks preceding the symposium.

Spaces are limited. Register early to secure your spot. To register, please contact ASAL’s Queensland representative, Dr Roger Osborne, at r.osborne@uq.edu.au.

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