Novel Politics

Studies in Australian political fiction

John Uhr, Shaun Crowe
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Novel Politics

Published

7 February 2020

ISBN

9780522876420

Weight

428g

Size

241mm x 160mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Novel Politics

Studies in Australian political fiction

John Uhr, Shaun Crowe
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.
PNovel 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. Table of Contents Preface Introduction: Politics and the Study of Literature Part One Chapter 1 Catherine Spence's Clara Morison Chapter…
PNovel 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. Table of Contents Preface Introduction: Politics and the Study of Literature Part One Chapter 1 Catherine Spence's Clara Morison Chapter 2 Rosa Praed's Policy and Passion Chapter 3 Catherine Martin's An Australian Girl Part Two Chapter 4 Tim Winton's Dirt Music Chapter 5 Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap Chapter 6 Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance and Taboo Conclusion: Literature and the Study of Politics

A rescue operation to reveal the subtle variety of Australian political fiction and save it from the deadening simplicity of patriotic tradition.”
David Marr

Shaun Crowe

Shaun Crowe

Shaun Crowe recently completed his doctorate at the Australian National University's School of Politics and International Relations, where he taught politics and Australian history. He has previously written on these topics for The Guardian, The Canberra Times, The Australian Book Review, The Conversation and the ABC.

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John Uhr

John Uhr

John Uhr is Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University. His recent books include Prudential Public Leadership and Performing Political Theory.

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