Authors and media entertainment: Australian literary celebrity since the 1970s

Della Robinson

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This thesis examines literary celebrity in Australia since the 1970s. It focuses on how authorial celebrity is now articulated through literary media entertainment, as formulated by a convergence of two economies: the entertainment economy and the attention economy. It argues that contemporary literary celebrity originated with a shift in Australian literature from its national imperative to a globally orientated commodity, which increasingly made use of the paradigms of celebrity as an effective marketing tool in the promotion of authors. The thesis demonstrates the working of Australian literary celebrity through three case studies, Thomas Keneally, Kate Grenville and Richard Flanagan.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Dolin, Kieran, Supervisor
  • Mead, Philip, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date16 Jul 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 16/07/2019 to 16/07/2021. Made publicly available on 16/07/2021.


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