Dec 17, 2010

Why do unis still support the Australian Literary Review?

In the wake of #twitdef, The Australian no longer deserves university funding for the Australian Literary Review, writes Ben Eltham in his weekly arts column My Cup of Tea.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

This week’s column is about an idea, an event, and a piece of sponsorship — and the implications of these for Australian letters and debate.


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5 thoughts on “Why do unis still support the Australian Literary Review?

  1. Gavin Moodie

    This asks a good question. I presume the Greedy 8 is still funding the Australian’s literary review more out of inertia than anything else. But one could think that the G08 is funding the review for the long term – giving it valuable solid support despite a hopefully brief slide in performance. And would a currently indifferent review be better than none, or is there a ready alternative that the G08 might shift its support to?

  2. Caths

    Maybe the Go8 could put their money into core activities and the committed staff who conduct them. Instead of sponsoring a News Corp outlet they could, say, put some money into NOT sacking a reported 400 staff at Monash, NOT imposing a nightmare of restructuring and possible job losses and downgrading of general staff classifications at Sydney, and NOT trying to maintain a Workchoices industrial regime at UNSW.

  3. Gavin Moodie

    I am sympathetic to the argument, but unless one argues that the museums, galleries and theatres on campus and the university literary journals and festivals of ideas aren’t core activities I don’t see how the Australian Literary Review isn’t a legitimate item of university expenditure.

  4. Nici

    You might ask: what do the universities expect to get out of this relationship (apart from a place to publish academic work)?

  5. Gavin Moodie

    The Australian Literary Review is currently edited by Luke Slattery, who previously edited the Australian’s higher education section. He therefore has close links with the Go8, whose elitist position he broadly supports. Of the 25 authors published in the latest edition of the review, 14 are from universities, 13 from the Go8s. So the Australian Literary Review is another avenue for Go8 academics to publish their positions.

    However, I also suspect that at least some of the Go8s support the Australian Literary Review as a contribution to Australian high culture, as they support art galleries, festivals of ideas, etc.

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