School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Ghost writing: The Girl in The Spider’s Web and other resurrectionsStewart King
Crime fiction series are enormously popular, with readers, authors and publishers. An established series develops characters and locations, builds audiences – and generates revenue.
Certain series become synonymous with their authors’ names, as anyone who’s ever sat down with a Christie can tell you. But what happens when the author of a beloved series dies?
French lecturer Patrick Durel wins MSA Outstanding Teaching AwardDr Patrick Durel has been awarded the 2015 Monash Student Association’s Outstanding Teaching Award for the Faculty of Arts. Dr Durel is a lecturer in French Studies at the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics (LLCL).
Recipients of each prize are chosen through student nominations, in which students are asked to nominate lecturers or tutors that have made a
The Aussie accent is drink-related? That’s just a hangover from our cultural cringeHoward Manns
Last week a piece in The Age set out a simple enough proposition. Rhetoric should be a component of Australian schools and clear communication, including pronunciation, is an important part of rhetorical training.
Yet the admirable goal of this piece and its author was undone by a dizzying array of half- to not true statements.
Insight into need for interpreting services in legal, mental health and domestic violence areasThe recent ‘Domestic Violence & Interpreting – A National Forum’ hosted by Monash’s Translation & Interpreting Studies (24–25 September 2015), provided an informative insight into the needs for interpreting services in legal, mental health and domestic violence areas.
Alison Thorne, Manager Interpreter and Language Policy Liaison, Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) said the forum was
China and Eurasia: how much does the past matter?Professor Wang Gungwu will join a conversation with Emerita Professor Marika Vicziany (Asian Studies); Professor Carolyn Stevens, (Japanese Studies); and Professor Gloria Davies (Chinese Studies).
Professor Wang will speak on issues raised in his recent work, including The Eurasian Core and Its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World, edited by Ooi Keng
True Blue? Crime fiction and AustraliaStewart King, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Australian Michael Robotham has taken home one of the most prestigious crime fiction awards around, the British Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger with Life or Death, beating out an impressive international field.
Predictably, much has been made of Robotham’s nationality. The Guardian’s headline reads “Australian ghostwriter beats Stephen
LITERARY COMMONS! comes to MonashLITERARY COMMONS! is a long-term and deep-impact project that brings together writers and fosters writing that is of especial relevance to Australia and India: First Nations/Indigenous and bhasha/Dalit literatures.
The project plays on the old idea of the ‘commons’ where communities and cultures share in a co-operative space of creativity, as well as building upon much that is
Can a computer write poetry? Oscar Schwartz presents at TEDxYouth SydneyEarlier this year, Oscar Schwartz presented a TEDxYouth@Sydney talk on his PhD research exploring the impact of computer-generated poetry on our understanding of poetry and what it means to be human.
Oscar challenges his audience to differentiate between human authored and computer-generated poetry by providing examples from his own experience, before explaining the Turing test and
New journal for School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and LinguisticsIn early 2015, postgraduate students and staff of the Monash School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics came together to establish Place of Articulation, a double-blind peer-reviewed journal, focusing on language, linguistics, and translation.
The journal accepts submissions of research papers, translations, and book reviews on a wide-range of topics year-round, and aims to publish twice
World first at Monash: Chair in Cultural Linguistics appointed to Farzad SharifianProfessor Farzad Sharifian has recently been appointed as the Chair in Cultural Linguistics at Monash, the first appointment of its kind in the world, establishing Monash’s position as the leading institution in this newly developed field of research.
Cultural Linguistics explores the relationship between language and cultural conceptualisations. This field has important implications for intercultural and
The absurdity of English spelling and why we’re stuck with itArticle by Baden Eunson, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Ghoti. How would you pronounce that? According to urban legend, it was George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, who coined the term in his quest for spelling reform. He pronounced it “fish” because of the sounds touGH; wOmen; and naTIOn. It probably wasn’t Shaw, but
Never read an Israeli crime novel? Try some Dror Mishaniby Stewart King
Never read an Israeli crime novel? Inspector Avraham Avraham – the protagonist of three novels by Israeli author Dror Mishani – has a theory on why. Israel doesn’t “produce books like those of Agatha Christie, or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” because, he says, “we don’t have crimes like that. We don’t have
Getting under the skin of speculative fiction, science fiction and scientific romanceby Andrew Milner
Science fiction has always been a genre defined ad hoc. The term first appeared in American inter-war “pulp fiction” magazines (so-called for the quality of their paper rather than their writing). But what of “speculative fiction”? And “scientific romance”? How do these terms, and genres, with a shared history and future, interract?
Pulp fiction publisher
Posh accents, discrimination and employment in AustraliaHoward Manns, Monash University
UK researchers recently reviewed the hiring practices of 13 elite law, accountancy and financial companies, and found that applicants with posh accents were favoured over their working class counterparts.
So, does a similar process hold in the Australian context? Are your employment chances rooted and rooned by not having a posh accent?
Herb Feith Memorial Lecture: Professor Adrian Vickers on Indonesian Art HistoryProfessor Adrian Vickers (University of Sydney) will deliver the 2015 Herb Feith Memorial Lecture at Monash University on ‘The Problem with Indonesian Art History’.
Indonesian art history has an odd relationship with general history writing. Like mainstream history, narratives of art history serve nationalist purposes. Modernism in art is equated with nationalism in the official story of Indonesian
Monash hosts national forum on domestic violence and interpretingMonash’s Translation and Interpreting Studies Program will run a forum on domestic violence and interpreting. The forum, to be held on the 24th-25th of September 2015, will address domestic violence and the provision of interpreting services for victims of domestic violence and their families.
The Forum brings together researchers in Translation and Interpreting Studies, Gender Violence, Criminology, Social
David Kral wins 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competitionMonash student David Kral won the first prize at the 14th Chinese Bridge language proficiency competition held in Melbourne University last Saturday, 16 May, beating entrants from the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, La Trobe University and RMIT University (see attached photo). David will travel to Changsha in Hunan Province, China in July to represent all
Creative Writing student launches debut novelCreative writing Honours student, Eliza Henry-Jones’ debut novel, In the Quiet will be launched on June 30.
The novel is published as part of an international three-book deal with HarperCollins Australia. Eliza completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Creative Writing and Psychology. She won the Monash Undergraduate Fiction Prize in 2009 and
Translation Nation at The Emerging Writers’ FestivalJoin us at the Emerging Writers’ Festival this month as Monash Arts proudly presents; Translation Nation.
Marvel at the mysteries of language, meaning and literary tradition, as five of Australia’s most exciting emerging translators perform parts of one whole story in Mandarin, Indonesian, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
This live translation will be followed by a panel discussion,
Lest we forget lest: Anzac and the language of remembranceby Howard Manns
Wars, soldiers and remembrance, not surprisingly, have a large impact on language.
Soldiers returning from overseas posts bring with them the foreign languages of these posts and in-group slang from everyday life. First world war Anzacs ate munga “food, meal” (from a Cairo version of the French manger) and on demand had to alley
Critical Matters: A review of book reviewing in a one day symposiumMonash University’s Centre for the Book is hosting a one-day symposium on Thursday April 9th entitled:
Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now
The first of its kind ever held in Australia, this symposium brings together over 30 book reviewers, editors and academics to discuss the state of literary criticism in the public sphere today.
For more information on the symposium
Oscar Schwartz wins The Lifted Brow PrizeOscar Schwartz, currently undertaking a PhD in the Literary and Cultural Studies program, has just been announced as the winner of The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction.
Schwartz won with his piece: ‘Humans Pretending to be Computers Pretending to be Human’ which is based on his PhD project (supervised by Professor Andrew Benjamin and Dr Anna Poletti).