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Michael Meehan Michael Meehan i(A18489 works by)
Born: Established: 1948 ;
Gender: Male
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Meehan has been Professor of Literary Studies and Head of the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. Prior to that he was Head of both English and Legal Studies at Flinders University and subsequently Director of the Flinders Institute of English. Having grown up in northwestern Victoria, he gained a B.A. (Hons) from Monash University, an LL.B from the University of Adelaide, and a Ph.D in eighteenth-century literature and political theory from the University of Cambridge.

Meehan engaged in teaching and public lecturing on language and communication in secondary and tertiary education, and in professional training contexts, as a Visiting Instructor to the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (University of South Australia) and as an instructor in the Continuing Legal Education programs for the Law Society of South Australia, for the Judicial Continuing Education Committee, for many leading South Australian law and accounting firms, and for a number of South East Asian law firms. He was a foundation member of CLARITY (South Australia), a public interest group of lawyers, academics and administrators keen to promote improved language and design in documents. He is fluent in French and speaks some Indonesian.

Meehan was for many years Chair of Adelaide Writers' Week, and conducted research on the literary festival and public culture, and on issues related to literature and law. In 1986 his book Liberty and Poetics in Eighteenth Century England was published. He has practical business experience in the publishing and wine industries (Edward Arnold Pty Ltd, and F & E May Pty Ltd, London).

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y separately published work icon The Salt of Broken Tears Milsons Point : Vintage Australia , 1999 Z315472 1999 single work novel 'On a farm on the edge of the endless, remote salt flats of Australia, an embattled family struggles in the midst of the Depression to scrape out an existence and survive the dust and despair. Regular visitors are few - only the Debt Adjuster and the wandering Indian hawker, Cabel Singh - until the day Eileen, a mysterious young woman, blows in from nowhere and alters the family's precarious equilibrium. The boy is fascinated by her, his mother despises her, and Joe, the brutish farmhand and the boy's idol, wants to possess her. When Eileen suddenly disappears, the only trace of her a torn and bloodied dress, the boy saddles up his horse, takes his pup, and sets out to find her. Traveling through the bleak, unforgiving country, the boy encounters a bizarre array of lost souls scattered across the wasteland: a bone-collector living in a ghost town at the end of a gleaming new railway line; an isolated crew of Italian woodcutters who speak of an imprisoned husband, manacled by his wife in a farmhouse basement; a man on a bicycle who recalls his soldier days in Paris after the Great War; and river dwellers who take the boy to a pajama-wearing corpse lying aloft in a tree. Throughout these strange meetings, rumours of the enigmatic Cabel Singh drift like the desert dust, and as the boy journeys on, he becomes aware of another party whose path is converging murderously with his own.'--Book Jacket.
2000 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
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