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Don Randall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719068324

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719068324.001.0001

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The Conversations at Curlow Creek

The Conversations at Curlow Creek

(p.147) 7 The Conversations at Curlow Creek
David Malouf

Don Randall

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines The Conversations at Curlow Creek, a novel that organises itself much more around defamiliarising the familiar. It determines that this novel shows the gaps of darkness and strangeness that inform relationships of assumed intimacy and examines the continuous problem of self-knowledge. It considers the novel's division between ‘nature’ and ‘the law’ and how it determines a person's relationship with the work of civilisation. This chapter also discusses the collective consciousness of colonial Australian society, which appears to be mostly directed and dominated by power.

Keywords:   defamilarisation, assumed intimacy, self-knowledge, law, work of civilisation, collective consciousness, colonial Australian society, power, The Conversations at Curlow Creek

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