The publication of the biography of the political leader is de rigueur in the Australian electoral cycle. Characterised by their haste of production, by their regurgitation of already-published articles, and by a liberal use of quotes attributed and not, such books are often ephemeral confections, destined for the dustbin whether their subject is successful or not (Blewett, 2007). But the political quickie is, on closer inspection, a mix of competing opportunities and dangers that belie its negative description. When considered, the quickie is revealing of the uses of biographical writing to perform, connect, and manoeuvre within a political context.
|Title of host publication||The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013|
|Editors||Shane Strange, Kay Rozynski|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Publisher||The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being - University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia|
Duration: 25 Nov 2013 → 27 Nov 2013
|Conference||Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being|
|Period||25/11/13 → 27/11/13|
Mullins, P. (2013). Quick books, quick manoeuvres: Disentangling the dangers and opportunities of the quickie political biography. In S. Strange, & K. Rozynski (Eds.), The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013 (Vol. 1, pp. 1-11). Canberra: The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).