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Self-Help Original Gets a Makeover
Its title is now a stock-standard phrase of the English language. It’s sold some 30 million copies since it was first published some 75 years ago. It single-handedly invented a new kind of book, one that now sells in the millions annually. It even inspired not one but two satirical memoirs (the first published in 1937, and the second in 2001, now an eponymous…
Finding a New Direction for Criticism
Yesterday’s ALR in the Australian, ran an article on the state of Australian criticism by Geordie Williamson calling for a return to old-style reviewing and scholarship.
Williamson has a hit list of what to keep from critical theory (“Greater circumspection in making broad or universalist claims” and “A healthy suspicion of fixed literary canons”) as well aspects to throw out notably “a disregard…
Larissa Behrendt on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage
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Lawyer and acclaimed author Larissa Behrendt came into the Wheeler Centre last Thursday to deliver a Lunchbox/Soapbox on why overcoming indigenous disadvantage is proving to be so difficult. In a wide-ranging discussion, she touched on self-determination, the Northern Territory intervention, the suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act, mutual obligation and the failure of government vision.
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