ANU hosts major national Literary Studies Convention

Monday, July 2, 2018 — The Australian National University (ANU) School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics will host the 2018 Literary Studies Convention, a major gathering of scholars and authors research examine and celebrate literature and its role in our ever-changing society.

Media are invited to attend the five-day conference which opens on Tuesday 3 July with the announcement of several major literary awards and a keynote address from Australian author Charlotte Wood.

Described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers, Ms Wood is the author of five novels and two non-fiction works, her latest novel, “The Natural Way of Things” was the joint fiction winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

Her Barry Andrews Memorial Address, entitled “Grit in the Oyster: Why Literature needs disturbance” explores what happens when a work of art makes us feel bad and the murky ethics of writing about darkness. This speech will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 3 July at the Shine Dome.

Two panel discussions open to the public will take place on Saturday: Writing and Political Change, features ANU Head of History, Professor Frank Bongiorno. Writing Sex and Gender looks at how the writing of this genre has changed since the beginning of the 21st Century.

The program of international and Australian literary scholars has been convened by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, the Australasian Association for Literature, the Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association, and the Australian University Heads of English.

Details can be found here: 2018 Literary Studies Convention program

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WHAT:  2018 Literary Studies Convention, “The Literary Interface” 

WHERE: Various locations on campus at the ANU and at The Shine Dome.

WHEN: Tuesday 3 July, 6pm – Saturday 7 July, 7pm.

For media assistance, contact the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979.