10 Great Books: Margaret Atwood,
Oryx and Crake (2003)

This month, Professor Glyn Davis delivers a masterclass on Margaret Atwood and the first novel of her MaddAddam trilogy Oryx and Crake.

Associate Professor Tim Lynch, convener of 10 Great Books, will introduce you to our speakers each month and facilitate audience questions following their presentation.

Professor Glyn Davis’ masterclass on Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake
Professor Glyn Davis and Associate Professor Tim Lynch answer questions from our audience

'A vivid and compelling vision of the near future'

Among the most acclaimed novelists of her generation, Margaret Atwood has made a prominent contribution to thinking about feminism and women in public life through her fiction and role as a public intellectual.

More recently, her work has been celebrated for an often bleak forecast about the near future, with images of totalitarian states in societies not far from our own. While The Handmaid's Tale is the most public expression of this strand in Atwood's work, other later works develop her concerns about contemporary trends.

Oryx and Crake is not her best-known novel, but it contains a vivid and compelling vision of the near future, and the primary concerns that have animated more than 50 years of Atwood's fiction.

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Professor Glyn Davis
Professor Glyn Davis

About Professor Glyn Davis

Professor Glyn Davis is CEO of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and a Professor of political science with appointments at ANU and Oxford.

He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne from 2005 to 2018. He is a public policy specialist with experience in government and higher education and who delivered the 2010 Boyer Lectures on the theme The Republic of Learning.

His community work includes partnering with Indigenous programs in the Goulburn-Murray Valley and Cape York, and service on a range of arts boards, including those of the Queensland and Melbourne Theatre Companies.

10 Great Books: a Melbourne Masterclass

The Faculty of Arts proudly presents the book club to end all book clubs: 10 Great Books, a Melbourne Masterclass. Each month, hear leading academics and experts give their take on a text that has shaped the way we see the world.

We ask the big questions about how our selected books captured the zeitgeist and shifted the culture. The ten diverse texts will become our window into politics, art, love, death, and everything in between. Now in its seventh year, 10 Great Books has traversed the broad history of the written word, exploring great novels, non-fiction, plays, poetry, pamphlets and more.

Visit the 10 Great Books website for this year's program and speaker information.

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