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

Published

5 November 2019

ISBN

9780522874679

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234mm x 153mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The University is Closed for Open Day

Australia in the Twenty-first Century

Stephen Knight
In The University is Closed for Open Day: Australia in the Twenty-first Century Stephen Knight explores aspects of ultra-modern Australia, from tattoos, shabby chic and our obsession with personal devices to the 'poetry' of number plates. Other critiques explore national myths and consider the recurring conflict over 'White Australia or Fair Australia?' The essays debate the meanings and misinterpretations of environmentalism, reveal the surprising riches of Australian crime fiction and end with the title essay, which examines the wide and serious changes made to Australia's-and the world's-university system in recent times. Here Knight resumes his ironic observation of the allegedly Great South Land, as previously offered in The Selling of The Australian Mind and Freedom Was Compulsory.
In The University is Closed for Open Day: Australia in the Twenty-first Century Stephen Knight explores aspects of ultra-modern Australia, from tattoos, shabby chic and our obsession with personal devices to the 'poetry' of number plates. Other critiques explore national myths and consider the recurring conflict over 'White Australia or Fair Australia?' The essays debate the meanings and misinterpretations of environmentalism, reveal the surprising riches of Australian crime fiction and end with the title essay, which examines the wide and serious changes made to Australia's-and the world's-university system in recent times. Here Knight resumes his ironic observation of the allegedly Great South Land, as previously offered in The Selling of The Australian Mind and Freedom Was Compulsory.

Stephen Knight

Stephen Knight

Stephen Knight worked as a Professor of Literature in Australia and Britain, focusing on the inter-relationship of culture and society, publishing many books and essays, with major work on King Arthur, Merlin, Robin Hood and world crime fiction. He is currently an Honorary Research Professor at the University of Melbourne.

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