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Paul Sharrad - Thomas Keneally's Career and the Literary Machine

Join us for the launch of Paul Sharrad's 'Thomas Keneally's Career and the Literary Machine', which charts Keneally's writing and reception in the shaping of a literary career. To be launched by Geordie Williamson.
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Paul Sharrad - Thomas Keneally's Career and the Literary Machine

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17 Nov 2019, 3:00 pm – 4:40 pm
Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, 265 King Street, Newtown NSW, Australia

About The Event

Join us for the launch of Paul Sharrad's 'Thomas Keneally's Career and the Literary Machine', which charts Keneally's writing and reception in the shaping of a literary career. To be launched by Geordie Williamson. 

 

About the Book

Thomas Keneally: gloabal success story or Australian writer who never fulfilled his early potential? Paul Sharrad's Thomas Keneally’s Career and the Literary Machine explains the disparate opinions, charting his writing’s production and reception as shaping a literary career. It tracks tensions between literary and commercial values, national and international expectations, celebrity status and literary reputation. 

Sharrad relies on Keneally’s extensive archive, much of it previously unexamined. It shows Keneally's ambition to earn his living from writing playing out across three markets, his work in other modes (writing for the stage and screen, travel writing, historical narratives) and the breadth and depth of expressions of his social conscience, including political protest, leading professional associations and work for constitutional reform, the Sydney Olympics, and so on. Keneally is seen as playing a long game across several events rather than honing one specialist skill, a strategy that has sustained for more than 50 years his keenness to live off writing.

Praise

"Paul Sharrad skillfully combines insights from biography, literary history, book history and celebrity studies to trace changes in the production and reception of Thomas Keneally’s works both within Australia and  internationally.’  —Elizabeth Webby AM FAHA, Professor Emerita, English Department, University of Sydney, Australia.

"Paul Sharrad's landmark study of Thomas Keneally examines his writing in its multiple international and Australian contexts. Likely to be the indispensable evaluation of Keneally’s place in Australian culture."  —Janet Wilson, Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies, University of Northampton, UK.

"Paul Sharrad’s thorough and entertaining survey not only tells us much about Keneally we never knew before but also shows that the study of an author’s career can be a new way to measure the stature of a literary artist."  —Nicholas Birns, Associate Professor, School of Professional Studies, New York University, USA.

"In this important contribution to book history, Paul Sharrad applies the  lens of the literary career to the prolific though often divisive work of Thomas Keneally, charting a course between literary and commercial  fiction, history and fiction, authorship and celebrity, and the opposing frames of national and world literatures."  —Robert Dixon, Professor of Australian Literature, University of Sydney, Australia.

About the Author

Paul Sharrad, Senior Fellow in English, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong, has published widely on postcolonial literatures.  

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