Symposium: Writing, Reading, Rioting (University of Melbourne)

2019 marks two hundred years since the ‘Peterloo massacre’, when cavalry charged a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester. This anniversary offers us an opportunity to look back on the interchanges between text, protest, and repression in the Revolutionary Age, and to bring this historical period into dialogue with the present, where …

English Seminar: Global Others, Global Selves

Anna Guttman, Lakehead University, Ontario Global Others, Global Selves: Jewish-Muslim intimacy in the literature of Ayad Akhtar While Ayad Akhtar, a Muslim-American writer of Pakistani descent, is best known for his critical examination of the place and identity of the American Muslim in the post-9/11world, I argue that Jewish-Muslim intimacy is the key to Akhtar’s …

English Seminar: Logistical Underworlds

Susan Zieger, University of California, Riverside Logistical Underworlds: Cocaine, Capital, and the Nonfiction Novel Logistics is the art and science of moving goods, information, and people to maximize profit. What are some of its literary genres and narrative techniques? Two recent “nonfiction novels,” Luca Rastello’s I am the Market (2010) and Roberto Saviano’s ZeroZeroZero (2013) play with genre, authorship, …

English Seminar: Land Rights/Rites

Evelyn Corr, University of Sydney Land Rights/Rites: Aboriginal Responses to the Post-Mabo Turn By charting the discursive conflict between settler literary aestheticisation of Native Title as simultaneously a triumphalist moment of bicentennial unity, and a haunting realisation of the crimes of dispossession, this paper seeks to interrogate a range of Aboriginal problematisations of what Kieran …

English Seminar: Eleanor Dark’s Interwar Fiction

Melinda Cooper, University of Sydney Middlebrow Modernism: Eleanor Dark’s Interwar Fiction Eleanor Dark is one of Australia’s most significant mid-century novelists, and her work is currently enjoying a revival of critical interest. In this paper, I argue that Dark’s fiction can be read productively in terms of a distinctive aesthetic of middlebrow modernism – a phrase that …

English Seminar: Cheryl O’Byrne and Paul Scully

A Meditation on the Ethics of Kate Grenville’s One Life (Cheryl O’Byrne) In the prologue of One Life: My Mother’s Story (2015), Kate Grenville describes herself looking through the “fragments” of memoir her deceased mother had written. Following this prologue is a seamless, third-person chronicle of the first forty years of her mother’s life. In interviews and other …

English Seminar: The Poetry of the Intertitle

Peter Kirkpatrick, University of Sydney The Poetry of the Intertitle: The Sentimental Bloke (1919) When they adapted C.J. Dennis’s The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke for the screen, Raymond Longford and Lottie Lyell drew extensively upon the poems themselves for intertitles, but how intrinsic are they to the film’s humour and, more specifically, its cinematic …

English Seminar: Susan Sontag’s Impersonal Stardom 

Guy Davidson, University of Wollongong Susan Sontag’s Impersonal Stardom  To refer to the celebrity intellectual and author Susan Sontag as a “star” is a cliché of commentary on her, but in this paper I take the idea of Sontag’s stardom seriously, working with and against film star studies to develop an account of Sontag’s queer …

Screen Studies Masterclass: The Vulnerable Spectator

Masterclass: The Vulnerable Spectator Since 2013 Amelie Hastie has written a column for Film Quarterly titled ‘The Vulnerable Spectator.’  For this masterclass, Professor Hastie will discuss several of her columns and create a larger historical context for them. Setting her work in conversation with early film theorists such as Jean Epstein, Siegfried Kracauer, the Modernist film criticism of Close-Up, …

Film Studies: Screening of Klute

Dr Susan Potter will present a screening of Klute Alan J. Pakula’s 1971 neo-noir Klute was re-released by the Criterion Collection earlier this month.  Klute is the first film of Pakula’s “paranoia trilogy,” alongside The Parallax View (1974) and All The President’s Men (1976). Jane Fonda received the Academy Award for her portrayal of sex worker Bree, for whom unwanted …