Poetry as a surveillance survival guide
Amid pervasive surveillance and social media, it is poetry that can help us navigate our technologically-led society, says a University of Melbourne expert
How literature helps us interpret the human face
New University of Melbourne research looks at how the human face and our emotions are represented in literary texts from the medieval to the contemporary eras.
If our animals could speak
Dr Laura Jean McKay, winner of the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for literature and University of Melbourne graduate discusses writing her first novel
Rescuing Australia’s lost literary treasures
A new University of Melbourne project is digitising some of Australia’s most important lost books and getting them into libraries for authors and readers alike.
Australian literature’s great silence
A new University of Melbourne study says we must question the very white stories told in our classrooms and the lack of Indigenous authors in the curriculum.
How have plagues and pandemics influenced the arts?
University of Melbourne experts describe how throughout history, writers and artists have explored the impact of plagues and pandemics on humanity.
Kangaroo hunting in colonial Australia
A new book by University of Melbourne experts explores the kangaroo as a quarry, a resource and a conflict between settlers and Australia’s Aboriginal people.
Has Hollywood run out of original ideas?
With a slew of movie remakes due out of Hollywood this year, a new book by a University of Melbourne expert answers the big question: what justifies a remake?
The enduring ‘cultural cringe’ about teaching Australian literature
Australian literature has often been ignored in the classroom, but a new University of Melbourne project helps teachers share these diverse books with students.
The rise of the microgenre
Digital publishing has led to the rise of niche microgenres in books and, according to University of Melbourne research, it’s changing our literary landscape.