The university versus the people

Lee, Christopher (2001) The university versus the people. In: Authority and influence: Australian literary criticism 1950-2000. University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 341-343. ISBN 0702232033


I intend to examine Lawson's elevation into the
academic canon in the 1950s and 60s in the context of recent arguments on the cultural and political role of English as a discipline within the school and the university. Having done this, however, I want to pursue the alternative promotion and use of Lawson's reputation in the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of the Arts. I have chosen the university as one of my sites of investigation because it is in the university that the canon receives its most sustained expression. I have chosen the Grenfell Festival as the other site because it emerges at precisely the same historical moment that gives rise to a push for a national canon in the universities.
By comparing these two alternative uses of Lawson I wish to argue that literary canonisation is an attempt to regulate cultural significance and that this attempt cannot be effectively understood unless examined against a background of the wider social, cultural and political utility of
literary authority ...

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2010 02:44
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: Henry Lawson, literary authority
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified

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