The Writer on the Road

Presented by Dr James Cowan

Date: 1 September, 2017
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Abstract:

This talk will address the importance of field research, of getting out of one’s space, and learning how to deal with the world as food for literature. I will explore certain writers from the past, Malcolm Lowry, Ernest Hemingway, Antoine de St Exupery, for example, and how they traversed a wider space than the creative writing course as their domain. I will also use my own life as a researcher in Borneo, Central Australia, the Sahara, and along various great rivers (Nile e.g.) that provided me with my material. Writers today need to return to the experience domain, instead of concentrating on the polished text. Jack Kerouac spent his life on the road, as did Allan Ginsberg and Gary Snyder. I want to enthuse young writers to believe that their feet and their senses are as important as developing a good prose style. Careerism in literature has become the norm. I would like to suggest there is a more adventurous way to write well.

 

Presenter:

Dr James Cowan is author of a number of internationally acclaimed books. In 1998 he was awarded the Australian Literature Society’s Gold Medal for his novel, A Mapmaker’s Dream. His work has been translated into seventeen languages.

Dr James Cowan

 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in Room 601 in the Michie Building (#9).

Semester 2, 2017 Seminars & Workshops

 

Friday, 11 August
3-4pm

Technologies for the Analysis of Communication

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Dan Angus

Friday, 18 August
3-4pm

Hotel October: The Deaths and Dates of Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Prof. John Schad
(Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University)

Friday, 1 September
3-4pm

The Writer on the Road

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr James Cowan

Friday, 15 September
3-4pm

Birds of a feather? Trump, Chavez and the populist communication style in times of discursive disruption

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Elena Block

 

Friday, 29 September
3-4pm

Making Hollywood Mobile: Labour in Global Film and Television Production

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Kevin Sanson
(School of Communication, QUT)
Friday, 13 October
3-4pm

The Datafication of Religious Media:
Pulpit Plagiarism and the Spiritual Commons in American Sermons

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Andrew Ventimiglia
(TC Beirne School of Law, UQ)
Friday 27 October
3-4pm

Cirrus: Innovative, Digitally Engaged Assessment for High Level Thinking

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Natalie Collie, Dr Jennifer Clement, Kerry Kilner
Friday, 3 November
3-4pm

"The State of Fun": How Singapore's Fun Campaigns Legitimise an Emerging Casino Economy

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Juan Zhang

Friday, 10 November
3-4pm

Historical Moods in Film

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Robert Sinnerbrink
(Macquarie University)