Friday 3 November

Keynote 1

Dr Ali Alizadeh

The Revolution Will Not Be Fictionalised?

I would like to encourage today’s fiction-makers to narrate the world-historical events of the past by engaging with the political, the social and the universal dimensions of these events. I would like to argue for a historical fiction that promotes revolutionary subjectivity in place of the narcissisms and ideological consolations of most contemporary fiction.  Read the abstract here.

Dr Ali Alizadeh’s fictional works include the new novel about Joan of Arc, The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc (Giramondo, 2017), the short story cycle titled Transactions (UQP, 2013), and a novel about the Iranian Revolution, The New Angel (Transit Lounge, 2010). He is currently researching and working on a novel about the French Revolution, and is also writing a monograph about Marx. He is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Monash University.  

Keynote 2

Professor Stephanie Trigg 

Chaucerian Voice in Modern and Contemporary Historical Fiction: From Anya Seton to Chaucer’s Twitter Feed

Professor Trigg is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Melbourne and a Chief Investigator and Program Leader of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a leading scholar in Chaucer and Middle English studies, and a pioneer of Medievalism.
Her most recent book is Shame and Honour: A Vulgar History of the Order of the Garter.


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