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Literary Celebrity and Political Persona

Add to Calendar Literary Celebrity and Political PersonaThe Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
Lectures and Seminars
The Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
David Marshall; Rachel Potter; Kirsty Gunn
Oxford Centre for Life-Writing
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Writers and writers’ organisations have persistently used their public standing and ‘cultural capital’ to promote causes that transcend the literary sphere, from gender equality to free expression, anti-war agitation, and environmental issues. This panel explores the political impact of authorship in an age of celebrity advocacy and how academic institutions, prize-giving bodies, publishing industries, and digital media shape this impact. With David Marshall, Professor of New Media and Cultural Studies at Deakin University; Rachel Potter, Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of East Anglia; and Kirsty Gunn, acclaimed novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Dundee.