Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/89444
Type: Journal article
Title: Writing country: lightning, agony, and vertigo
Author: Castro, B.A.
Citation: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2014; 14(3):1-11
Publisher: Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1833-6027
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Brian Castro
Abstract: This keynote addresses the topic of "style" in Australian letters. It speculates that "Australian style" is very much a product of a melancholic personality, and that being "unhoused" is the modern condition of a writer's formation. The paper also goes on to explore how biography and autobiography are imaginatively interwoven to produce the uncanny in narrative; a puzzlement about the real which makes it difficult to live without writing. Proposing that there are three stages in the composition of a novel: lightning, agony and vertigo, it is suggested that there is an overlay of this pattern upon the trajectory of a writer's career, from early disturbances, through production of work, to late style.
RMID: 0030023649
Published version: http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal/article/view/3111
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