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Alexis Wright: Story as Law

The Aboriginal people of Australia maintain the world’s most ancient storytelling tradition: tales which serve simultaneously as origin myths, collective memories, geographical schematics, and social strictures. Alexis Wright, renowned novelist and Australia’s foremost voice on Aboriginal history and rights, has recently taken a new position at the University of Melbourne to research and document these “story laws”. In this event she introduces the nature of the Aboriginal stories, and explains their seminal influence on her own work, including Carpentaria (2006), which tells the story of Desperance, a fictional town in northwest Queensland; The Swan Book (2013), a magical-realist fable of environmental and social collapse; and Tracker, a collective memoir of an influential Aboriginal leader, recently nominated for the Stella Prize.

Moderated by Professor Chen Hong.

Ticket Type Event Details Price
ADULT Tracker March 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM ¥ 85.00 CNY
STUDENT Tracker March 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM ¥ 40.00 CNY

This author is presented as part of the Australian Writers Week 2018, supported by the Australian Embassy, Beijing and the Australian Copyright Agency limited.

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and her great-grandfather was from Canton. She is an author of fiction and non-fiction, and has written widely on indigenous rights. She is one of the most important Australian voices speaking on the subject of land and belonging, about storytelling and identity, and about the Aboriginal relationship with the rest of Australian society.

Recent publications include the collective memoir Tracker (November 2017), about Aboriginal leader and political thinker Tracker Tilmouth, which has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Non-Fiction Literary Award; the essay “What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else’s Story” (2016) which was awarded the Hilary McPhee Award 2016; The Swan Book (2013), a phantasmagorical allegory set in a future ravaged by war and climate change, which was awarded the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2014; and Carpentaria (2006), which was awarded the 2007 Miles Franklin Award.

She is the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne.



赖特近期出版的书籍与发表的作品有:集体回忆录《特拉克》(Tracker2017),作品通过多人的讲述,回忆了原住民领袖、思想家特拉克·迪尔莫斯的一生,该书入选维多利亚州总理奖非虚构文学奖短名单;议论性散文《当你讲述别人的故事时会发生什么》(What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else’s Story2016)获2016年希拉里·麦克菲奖;长篇小说《天鹅》(The Swan Books2013),一个幻影式的讽喻,描绘了一个被战争与气候变化肆虐的未来世界,2014年获澳大利亚文学协会金奖;长篇小说《卡彭塔利亚湾》(Carpentaria 2006)获2007年迈尔斯·弗兰克林奖。


Moderator: Chen Hong (陈 弘)

Executive Vice President, Chinese Association of Australian Studies

Professor Chen Hong is Chair of Department of English Language and Literature, and Director of the Australian Studies Centre at East China Normal University in Shanghai. He is also Executive Vice President of the Chinese Association of Australian Studies, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Studies of Australian Culture, and Chinese Journal of Australian Studies. Chen Hong’s research interests include China Australia relations, Australian foreign policies, Australian politics, Australian culture and Australian literature. He is author and co-author of several books on Australian Studies such as Contemporary Australian Society, From Isolation to the World: Australian Culture in Review, Australian Literary Criticism (Australia China Council Book Prize, 2008), and Towards the Ideal and Freedom of Humanity: Sexuality in Patrick White’s Works, and Chinese translator of David Marr’s Patrick White: A Life. Professor Chen teaches Australian Studies and English language at East China Normal University. He also publishes and commentates regularly on China Australia relations and other international issues on major Chinese and international media including Phoenix Television, China News Service, China Daily, China Radio International, Liberation Daily, The ABC (Australia), The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Channel NewsAsia International (Singapore), WION (India), etc.