The University is Closed for Open Day

Australia in the Twenty-first Century

Stephen Knight
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The University is Closed for Open Day

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5 November 2019

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Melbourne University Press

The University is Closed for Open Day

Australia in the Twenty-first Century

Stephen Knight
Here is 21st century national complexity, its origins and its international connections, explored in a socially referential and almost always serious way.
Where is analysis in this age of banal tweets and narcissistic comments? Stephen Knight turns his modernly analytical and historically aware mind to current attitudes and actions in need of serious examination. What is the impact of the bush myth on the national consciousness of Australian fiction? What of the modern shift in writing about Indigenous issues, from white writers to First Peoples? What has suddenly happened to Australian crime fiction? Other essays look at unravelling travelling, the tiny machines that obsess us, then those bizarrely flourishing modern identity-enhancers & tattoos and personalised number plates; and of course, the state of the contemporary university. Here is 21st century national complexity, its origins and its international connections, explored in a socially referential and almost always serious way.
Where is analysis in this age of banal tweets and narcissistic comments? Stephen Knight turns his modernly analytical and historically aware mind to current attitudes and actions in need of serious examination. What is the impact of the bush myth on the national consciousness of Australian fiction? What of the modern shift in writing about Indigenous issues, from white writers to First Peoples? What has suddenly happened to Australian crime fiction? Other essays look at unravelling travelling, the tiny machines that obsess us, then those bizarrely flourishing modern identity-enhancers & tattoos and personalised number plates; and of course, the state of the contemporary university. Here is 21st century national complexity, its origins and its international connections, explored in a socially referential and almost always serious way.

Stephen Knight

Stephen Knight

Stephen Knight is a professor of literature who worked for twenty-five years at the universities of Sydney and Melbourne, becoming well known as an international scholar of the byways of literature, such as medieval romance and modern crime fiction. His published works include The Politics of Myth (2015) and Australian Crime Fiction: A 200-Year History (2018). He is now an honorary professor at the University of Melbourne.

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