The Power, Passion and Politics of Randolph Stow's To the Islands

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAssociation for the Study of Australian Literature Conference 2015 (ASAL 2015) - University of New England, Armidale, Australia
Duration: 11 Feb 201513 Feb 2015 (Archived page)


ConferenceAssociation for the Study of Australian Literature Conference 2015 (ASAL 2015)
Abbreviated titleThe Power and the Passion: Contemporary Australian Literature and Politics
OtherThis conference considers contemporary Australian literature and politics. Power, in all its forms, must and will be countered by the passion of resistance, defiance, challenge and contest. In this resistance, the literary imagination possesses its own power: the "passion" and ability, through challenge and constructive refusal, to transform social and political relations. The very nature of power necessitates opposition. Equally the relationship between the literary and the political is more nuanced than this stark contrast affirms, for it has been demonstrated that literature is always political in some sense or another. Yet, when this interplay between literature and politics itself is denied or obscured, when "art" is seen to exist for its own sake alone, the effects of "Power" can be destructive. Guest speakers are Helen Garner and Fiona Capp.
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