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Henry Handel Richardson: The Getting of Wisdom

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Who tells the story of a country? What story does a country’s national literature tell about its people and its identity? Is there such a thing as Australian literature at all?

Australians are striding the global stage with unprecedented confidence in all manner of fields. But if university syllabuses are any indication, it seems that when it comes to Australian literature, the cultural cringe is alive and well.

With major universities offering only the bare minimum in courses on Australian writing and its authors, the Wheeler Centre is filling the breach. Australian Literature 101 is the university education in Australian literature you never had.

In this major new weekly series hosted by Ramona Koval, running in parallel with the university calendar, contemporary writers speak on seminal Australian texts, giving context, sharing their responses and exploring each work’s status as a classic of Australian literature. Join us to be part of a brand new assessment of our national literature.

This week, we explore The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson.

Featuring

Rodney Hall

Rodney Hall is the award-winning writer of of 36 books whose novels have been published across the world to widespread acclaim. Rodney has twice won the Miles Franklin Award. Many of his books have been published in the USA, UK, Canada and Australia – and in translation into French, German, Sp... Read more

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor.  She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne. From 2006 to 2011 she presented Radio National’s Book Show,  and before that a series of ABC Radio programs, including the iconi... Read more

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