Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CFP: Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan: A Symposium
Call for Papers

25-26 September 2015
hosted by Australian Literature at the University of Sydney

On Tuesday 14 October 2014, the Tasmanian-based Australian novelist Richard Flanagan was awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013). It was a significant moment not only in his own career but also in the international reception of Australian writing. ‘Literary culture’, Flanagan has said, ‘is the vengeance of the edges on the centre’.

On 25-26 September 2015, the Australian Literature Program at the University of Sydney will host a symposium on the writing and career of Richard Flanagan, including a public lecture on the evening of Friday 25 September and a one-day symposium on Saturday 26 September. The outcome will be a peer-reviewed collection of essays on Flanagan’s work, to be published in the Sydney University Press Studies in Australian Literature series, alongside similar titles on writers such as Shirley Hazzard, Alex Miller and Tim Winton.

Papers are welcome on any aspect of Richard Flanagan’s career in writing, including his works of fiction, non-fiction and cinema, and his social activism on environmental issues, asylum seekers and climate change. Flanagan’s publications include:

Death of a River Guide (1994)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping (1997)
Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (2001)
The Unknown Terrorist (2006)
Wanting (2008)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013)

A Terrible Beauty: A History of the Gordon River Country (1985)
The Rest of the World is Watching: Tasmania and the Greens (1990) (co-editor)
Codename Iago: The Story of John Friedrich (1991) (co-writer)
Parish-Fed Bastard: A History of the Politics of the Unemployed in Britain 1884-1939 (1991)
And What do you do, Mr Gable? (2011)

(Director and script writer) The Sound of One Hand Clapping (1998)
(co-writer) Australia (2008)

Offers of papers should be sent by email by 31 December 2014 to:

Professor Robert Dixon, FAHA
Professor of Australian Literature
English Department, A20
University of Sydney
Sydney 2006
Tel.: +61 02 9036 7231
Email: robert.dixon@sydney.edu.au

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