The university versus the people

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

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
Book TitleAuthority and influence: Australian literary criticism 1950-2000
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AuthorLee, Christopher
Page Range341-343
Year2001
PublisherUniversity of Queensland Press
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN0702232033
Abstract

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 ...

KeywordsHenry Lawson, literary authority
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470502. Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
430302. Australian history
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