Literature and cultural policy studies

Glover, Stuart (2006). Literature and cultural policy studies PhD Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Glover, Stuart
Thesis Title Literature and cultural policy studies
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2006-04-10
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor A/Prof David Carter
Dr Leigh Dale
Total pages 252
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subjects 2001 Communication and Media Studies
L
420202 Australian and New Zealand
420302 Cultural Theory
751001 Languages and literature
Formatted abstract  "Literature and Cultural Policy Studies" revisits the historical relations of literary studies and cultural studies and the effect of these relations on the intersections of Australian cultural policy studies, cultural policy itself, and the institutions of literary production and circulation in Australia over the past fifteen years. Australian cultural policy studies' trajectory out of British cultural studies has contributed to the development of an Australian cultural policy studies that has a number of exclusions or biases which are examined in two stages. Firstly, the thesis examines the effects of cultural studies' constitution in the patricidal rejection of literary studies and, in some instances, the rejection of an interest in literary production itself In investigating this rejection, the thesis examines how the retrieval of literature, or at least print culture, as a concern of cultural policy smdies, offers a new understanding of the institution of print culture and its potential within the wider cultural domain. Secondly, the thesis argues that there is an unmet case for a cultural policy studies which attends, not to policy texts, but to the processes of policy formation. This second argument, which —like the first proceeds from the entwined histories of literary studies and cultural studies—starts from the ironical proposition that cultural policy studies, while rejecting the "literary" as an object of interest, has largely co-opted literature studies' textual methods. Even as cultural studies sought to move away from literary studies, cultural studies has retained, and developed, an overwhelmingly textual methodology. In a case study of a failed attempt to develop a new Queensland cultural policy statement in 2000, the thesis examines how policy work or policy "chum" is productive in its own right, contributing to the organisation of government cultural resources and the governance role of culture, particularly cultural policy.
Keyword Culture -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Queensland
Popular culture -- Queensland
Literature and state -- Queensland
Publishers and publishing -- Queensland
Additional Notes The author has given permission for this thesis to be made open access.

 
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