Book launch: Novel Politics by Prof John Uhr and Dr Shaun Crowe

Book launch: Novel Politics by Prof John Uhr and Dr Shaun Crowe
Wednesday 26 February 2020

Tuesday 3 March 2020 at the Australian National University

Please join Professor John Uhr and Dr Shaun Crowe for the book launch of Novel Politics : Studies in Australian Political Fiction. To be launched by Professor Frank Bongiorno.

Percy Bysshe Shelley once described poets as the 'unacknowledged legislators of the world'. If this is true, Australian political scientists have shown curiously little interest in the role that literary figures play in the nation's political life.

Novel Politics takes the relationship between literature and politics seriously, analysing the work of six writers, each the author of a classic text about Australian society. These authors bridge the history of local writing, from pre-Federation colonial Australia (Catherine Spence, Rosa Praed and Catherine Martin) to the contemporary moment (Tim Winton, Christos Tsiolkas and Kim Scott). Novel Politics unpicks the many political threads woven into these books, as they document the social world as it exists, while suggesting new possibilities for the nation's future. As political commentators of a particular kind, all six authors offer unique insights into the deeper roots of politics in Australia, beyond the theatre of parliament and out into the wider social world, as imagined by its dreamers and criticised by its most incisive discontents.

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