Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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McCann responds to suggestions that 'Australian fiction is struggling, sales are woeful' and the attendant 'demoralisation' of writers. McCann claims that writers are unwilling to alienate readers and therefore produce a homogenous national literature 'incapable of questioning its institutional or ideological functions.' Given this scenario, McCann says that an 'avant-garde' style seems impossible. 'In the meantime, complaints about the mediocre state of Australian literature are like hungry rumblings from the belly of the beast - the structures constantly calling out for innovative Australian writing are the very structures that impede its development.'

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Alternative title: The Fiction of Friction
  • Appears in:
    y Overland The Consolation of Literature no. 177 Summer 2004 Z1166796 2004 periodical issue 2004 pg. 22-24
  • Appears in:
    y The Weekend Australian 22-23 January 2005 Z1172837 2005 newspaper issue 2005 pg. 8-9 Section: Review
    Note: With title: The Fiction of Friction

Works about this Work

Politics and Monomania Ken Gelder , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 184 2006; (p. 48-56)
Behind the Scene Michelle Griffin , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 24 September 2005; (p. 3)
Behind the Scene Michelle Griffin , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 24 September 2005; (p. 3)
Politics and Monomania Ken Gelder , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 184 2006; (p. 48-56)
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