Quick books, quick manoeuvres: Disentangling the dangers and opportunities of the quickie political biography

Patrick Mullins

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – The Refereed Proceedings Of The 18th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs, 2013
EditorsShane Strange, Kay Rozynski
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherThe Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9780980757378
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventCreative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being - University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201327 Nov 2013

Conference

ConferenceCreative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being
CountryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period25/11/1327/11/13

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    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). The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/theaawp/pages/114/attachments/original/1396152241/Mullins2013.pdf?1396152241