The public sphere of writing and publishing

I think it’s common among writers to want to get their work published, which is otherwise known as projecting it into the public sphere.

Not only is this where readers will discover your work, but the public sphere is an arena for national discourse, discussion, and debate.

The most specialised and systematic use of the term ‘the public sphere’ refers to the arenas of public discussion and debate.

Graeme Turner (sourced from lecture content)

Authors’ works bridge the gap between private and public spheres

Not only does published work spark debate in the the public sphere, but literature in particular is a great way of creating conversation in the private sphere.

Fiction exemplifies the connecting tool that is literature, as fiction in itself can be about anything, and can be written and read by anyone.

Fiction is a way of making issues in the public sphere accessible in the private sphere.

Our lecturer showed us a video to illustrate this point

Video: ONExSAMENESS: Dr Anita Heiss at TEDxBrisbane

Dr Anita Heiss is a contemporary Australian author, an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador, and an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, among many other things.

She highlights how great a tool literature is to use in discussing societal issues such as racism, and she challenges our view of aboriginal women in particular through her writing.

First and foremost I write because I want to put Aboriginal Australia into the Australian literary landscape.

I write because I want to break down stereotypes of what it means to be an Aboriginal woman today.

I write because I want our young people to be inspired and encouraged to pick up books.

Dr Anita Heiss

It is no secret that racial tension still exists in the modern world, in the western world, where we claim this trend is lessening

But no matter which smarmy politician spouts this message, racism is still at large. As are many other issues.

Which is why we, as writers, must write. To get the message across, to spark the debate, to create the conversation.

The pen is mightier than the sword.

(I tried, I promise, but I couldn’t help it.)


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