In the current publishing climate culture is always subsumed to business.
The perception of publishing as a business, even a creative one, means that the question of book sales dominates our conversations about it. But publishing offers far more to our culture than that.
Jane Austen horror has burgeoned into a distinctive subgenre of adaptations.
England’s green and pleasant land will be beset by a plague of the living dead, corpses will dig their way out of graves ... Jane Austen horror is now a distinctive subgenre of Austen adaptations.
The foot is the basic unit for what we consider to be romantic and beautiful: poetry.
Poetic terminology can be alienating, off-putting. Whispering "dactylic hexameter" in people's ears won't necessarily tempt them into reading heroic verse. But there is hope – and poetry – for us all.
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What can we expect from this newly discovered manuscript from a much-beloved author?
On the anniversary of his death, we reflect on how J. D. Salinger’s writing first influenced the world and how it continues to do so now.
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Today marks six years since celebrated writer J. D. Salinger died at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire, at the age of 91. But his influence remains well and truly alive.
At the time of publication, Emma’s longevity was far from guaranteed.
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At the time of publication, the longevity of Jane Austen's fifth novel Emma was far from guaranteed. And yet, 200 years later, it now seems immortal. This is the story of its remarkable life.
Pope Francis writes that the church must be a ‘field hospital’ for the souls of the world.
Pope Francis' new book provides an insight into the theology and life experiences underpinning his unorthodox approach to the papacy. Does his rhetoric conceal Church doctrine as hardline as ever?
It’s time to get to grips with this classic of world literature.
José María Pérez Nuñez
In the first of a new series of articles offering perspective and analysis of classic works of literature we look at Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.
It’s time to look back on a year of art and culture.
Blake Danger Bentley. Melbourne street art
It's another year in Arts + Culture, so in case you missed it we've collected all the best coverage of screen, theatre, music, books and culture in one place.
This year saw many notable books, looking at a diverse range of experiences.
Young adult fiction has been having a much needed conversation around diversity. In 2015 we saw this discussion bear fruit, as a new crop of diverse, absorbing and powerful stories sprang up.
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The tale of the vengeful whale that took out the Essex, a whaling-ship, has now been adapted in true swashbuckling style.
Pick a book that your child will find entertaining.
Children who fail to read regularly during long breaks from school will often see their reading ability drop. Here's how to keep kids engaged in reading.
Good ideas from some of the best brains in the game for budding entrepreneurs ready to break the mould.
This is a list of old and new books on entrepreneurship. The common thing about them is that they give entrepreneurs the tools they need to start their businesses.
Parallel import restrictions are bad for Australian consumers, and not the best way to support Australian books.
The uniquely Australian literary voice is worth protecting, but parallel importation restrictions are not the way to do it. Rather, we should lift those restrictions – and subsidise Australian booksellers directly.
It’s often sold as the ‘happiest time of year’ – but not in classic Christmas tales.
Most modern Christmas films angle for comedy with a touch of schmaltz, but literary Christmases frequently tap into the anxiety and sadness that can accompany the "happiest time of year".
The BCA was probably doomed the moment Tony Abbott announced its creation out of Australia Council funds.
The Book Council of Australia – announced by Tony Abbott just over a year ago – was today scrapped. But we still need a body to advocate for literature and to advise government on policy settings.
What better way to spend your year-end holiday than absorbed in a good book or ten?
There isn't a lot of time for recreational reading when you're running a university. But when year-end holidays roll around, Africa's vice chancellors can finally read for pleasure.
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The alternate reality visualised in Star Wars is now potentially much closer to home.
Breasts ‘barrel-rolling across Ezra’s howling mouth’? That joke isn’t funny anymore.
Kandarya Mahadeva Temple, India. David Tubau
Yesterday, the British Literary Review awarded the 2015 Bad Sex in Fiction award to Morrissey. So what is it about sex writing that's so difficult – and what's the secret of writers who know how to seduce?
Magical realism has evolved into a heavily, and ironically, political literary form.
With roots in post first world war paintings of empty European cities, magical realism has evolved into a heavily, and ironically, political literary form.