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Published 1 November 2013 in Volume 28 No. 4. Subjects: Australian literature and writers, Social change, Tom Keneally.
Cite as: Sharrad, Paul. ‘Words, Sticks and Stones : Keneally, Literature and Social Impact.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 28, no. 4, 2013. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.b885f23549.
The article discusses the polarised response to Wright’s work. The author argues that it is Wright’s ‘blend of realism and the visionary that marks the ambiguity and the promise of her creative work’ (60).
So at fifty years, what can we say? An easy conclusion would be that Keneally is best understood (as he himself has suggested from time to time) as a good craftsman of readable stories that raise serious issues, a writer…