What is the state of literary criticism today and why is it so important to have a robust culture of criticism? One of the world’s greatest literary critics, James Wood, Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Susan Wyndham, and James Ley,Editor of Sydney Review of Books discuss the role of the critic today with Sophie Cunningham, Chair of the Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts.
Supported by the Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts.
James Wood (International)
James Wood is a staff writer atThe New Yorker and a visiting lecturer at Harvard. In addition to How Fiction Works, he is the author of two essay collections, The Broken Estate and The Irresponsible Self, and a novel, The Book Against God.
Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is the author of Life In His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist. She has edited an anthology of personal essays by Australian writers on losing a parent, which will be published in October by Allen & Unwin.
James Ley has been a professional critic for 15 years. His work has appeared in many publications, including The Age, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement. He is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books.
Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher, the author of two novels Geography and Bird) and one non-fiction book Melbourne. She is a former editor of Meanjin, and the the current chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council.