SAM Seminar: Australian literature in its contexts: nation, region, globe

When:28 Apr 2015, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Robert Webster Building, Room 327
Who:Panel discussion
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This symposium comprises 4 short papers addressing Australian literature’s mobilities within various networks and audiences. Some of the issues raised include metropolitan multiculturalism and denationalized space; postcolonial regionalism; worldly elites and international networks; and utopia and disappointment. Authors covered include Shirley Hazard and Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap).

There will be 4 ten-minute presentations, each followed by a 10-minute discussion, followed by an open discussion at the end.

image above: Donna Marcus, Carboniferous, 2013

The Panel

Bill Ashcroft is a renowned critic and theorist, founding exponent of post-colonial theory, co-author of The Empire Writes Back (the first text to systematically examine the field of post-colonial studies). He is author and co-author of sixteen books, variously translated into six languages. He is an Australian Professorial Fellow working on the project “Future Thinking: Utopianism in Postcolonial Literatures.”

Anne Brewster’s books include Literary Formations: Postcoloniality, Nationalism, Globalism (1996) and Aboriginal Women's Autobiography (1995). She co-edited, with Angeline O’Neill and Rosemary van den Berg, an anthology of Indigenous Writing, Those Who Remain Will Always Remember (2000). Her latest book Giving This Country a Memory (of interviews with and essays on Aboriginal writers) is in press. She is working on an ARC funded project on Violence in Australian Women’s writing with Sue Kossew.

Elizabeth McMahon’s latest book (in press) is Our Island Home: The Shifting Map of Australian Literature, produced by research funded by the ARC. She is a member of the AUSTLIT research group, an inter-university collaboration for electronic resources in Australian literature funded by the ARC’s LIEF program. She has also published widely on the representation of gender and sexuality in Australian writing, and since 2008 she has co-edited Southerly, Australian oldest literary journal.

Brigitta Olubas’ research areas include: Australian Literature and transnational writing, Australian modernity, literary and visual culture studies, gender studies and narrative ethics. Her current research centres on an ARC Discovery-funded project on author Shirley Hazzard, and an edition of Hazzard’s non-fiction writings for Columbia University Press. Recent publications include a monograph on Shirley Hazzard and an edited collection of critical essays for Sydney University Press.

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