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Chapters in Victorian literary history

This video explores aspects of Victoria's literary history through four different stories:

  • Indigenous letter writing: the letters of John 'Jacky' White – featuring an interview with author and academic Tony Birch and the voice of Indigenous artist and actor Tiriki Onus.
  • Scenes from the film The sentimental bloke, 1919 – excerpts from the wonderful silent film based on the poem by CJ Dennis.
  • Power without glory: The clandestine copy – John Fraser recalls how he came to own an illicit copy of Frank Hardy's novel.
  • Helen Garner and The first stone – A look at the controversy surrounding Helen Garner's 1995 non-fiction book The first stone: some questions about sex and power.