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UNE researcher awarded Fulbright scholarship to study US-based Australian authors

Anne Pender, professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England, has received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to study the ‘lives and output’ of three Australian authors who reside in the US—Peter Carey, Geraldine Brooks and Jill Ker Conway—during a four-month residence at Harvard University.

After interviewing and researching the three writers, Pender hopes to produce a series of articles for the Harvard Review, and to develop the material into a book documenting ‘the history of numerous other Australian expatriate writers and actors who have made a life in the US during the past century’.

‘I’m interested in the outsider/insider status they enjoy and how Australian writers contribute to world literature and global public life while living outside Australia,’ Pender said. ‘The three writers that I will be focusing on in the US each have huge reputations and influence–Geraldine Brooks has won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction–and their work has been translated into many languages. It’s almost like they live multiple lives, and this is a phenomenon that needs to be investigated.’

Pender has previously conducted similar research of Australian writers residing in Great Britain.

 

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