Words, Sticks and Stones: Keneally, Literature and Social Impact


In Australia, Tom Keneally is one writer who may be said to have had a distinct social impact. He has inspired white Australians to reimagine the nation's convict heritage with Bring Larks and Heroes (1967), has inserted Irish Catholicism into the national cultural landscape in plays, film, fiction and The Great Shame (1998), a history of the Irish diaspora.

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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, doi: 10.20314/als.b885f23549.