Chris Conti

Chris Conti

is a Lecturer at Western Sydney University and a member of its Writing and Society Research Centre. He is the author of Proofs: 104 short stories (2012).


About Chris Conti

Chris Conti is a Lecturer at Western Sydney University and a member of its Writing and Society Research Centre. He is the author of Proofs: 104 short stories (2012).


Articles about Chris Conti

Articles by Chris Conti

Running Man: Coach Fitz by Tom Lee

Lee is by turns satirist and survivor of the New Victorianism. On a jog through Woollahra’s Trumper Park, Tom dreams conventional dreams of a house in the bush, a place for he and a loving partner to raise ‘a number of virile and sensitive children’ with landscape needs of their own. The middle-class dream is out of reach for now, but his religious devotion to physical fitness is the means by which he dreams it. He doesn’t just display the idea that ritual exercise on an organic diet is morally good, he believes it is spiritually good. Wellness, as we now call it—or sell it—is a condition devoutly to be wished, the hard-earned product of what Coach refers to as ‘lifestyle ambitions of a more enduring nature.’

The Secret River by Kate Grenville
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Rewriting the American Myth: Failed Frontiersmen

‘As the mythic space of the American imagination, the frontier has never closed. It remains the place where America conceives its identity, its values, and its destiny.’ Chris Conti on a new book about the enduring impact of frontier mythology on American fiction.