History Seminar Series
School of Humanities and Social Science
The University of Newcastle
2010, Semester 2
Held in the Cultural Collections (near the Information Desk)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus
October 15th ,11am, followed by morning tea
“The Cooee’s Career in English Literature”
The cooee has long been heard in Australia in many varied contexts, but it has also had a presence in Britain ever since its notable debut on the streets of London in the 1840s. This paper considers its relatively autonomous literary history beyond Australia, from Sherlock Holmes to Lady Chatterley, Tin Tin and the Bobbsey Twins, from Agatha Christie to John Betjeman, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.
Richard White is writing a history of the cooee. He teaches Australian history and the history of travel and tourism at the University of Sydney. His most recent book is Symbols of Australia, co-edited with Melissa Harper.