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Includes papers presented at the 34th Australian Academy of the Humanities Annual Symposium, held at City Flinders Campus of Victoria University. Also includes a section of poetry presented at the Symposium. The poets whose works are represented are Peter Porter, Chris Wallace-Crabbe and New Zealander, Vincent O'Sullivan. (O'Sullivan's poems are not indexed.)
* Contents derived from the Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,:The Australian Academy of the Humanities,2004 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Note: Author's note: ... a little piece of near-doggerel I wrote to exemplify the poet's revenge on his more accomplished colleagues. ('Who Owns the Words We Use?', Readers, Writers, Publishers : Essays and Poems, p.60)
McCalman explains the process he underwent to transform his historically accurate portrayal of the life of Count Cagliostro into a work that would be accessible to, and popular with, non-specialist readers. His technique was to borrow from the structures of literary fiction, thereby preserving 'the suspense and pace of the story without compromising [his] core beliefs about what a historian can truthfully say about the past.' McCalman acknowledges that his editor and some reviewers were left wondering whether he was writing history or fiction.