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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 “A Glorious, Terrible Life” : The Dual Image in Patrick White’s Dramatic Language
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‘I am very familiar with the plays of Henrik Ibsen, both from my Norwegian upbringing and from a thesis I wrote, some years ago at Macquarie University. I always thought that one of the most innovative (and most misunderstood) aspects of Ibsen's work was the way he juxtaposed opposite forces and forms, creating a co-existence of tragedy and comedy, exploring several levels of action and characterisation simultaneously — and very differently — from a number of writers such as possibly the greatest dramatist of all, Shakespeare. Then I started researching the drama of Patrick White, for yet another thesis. As I was working, I began to realise that White and Ibsen both combine portrayals of the darker side of life but combined this with comedic elements.’ (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Patrick White Centenary : The Legacy of a Prodigal Son Cynthia Van Den Driesen (editor), Bill Ashcroft (editor), Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2014 7902410 2014 anthology criticism

    'This volume marks the birth centenary of a giant amongst contemporary writers: the Australian Nobel prize-winning novelist, Patrick White (1912–1990). It proffers an invaluable insight into the current state of White studies through commentaries drawn from an international galaxy of eminent critics, as well as from newer talents. The book proves that interest in White’s work continues to grow and diversify.

    'Every essay offers a new insight: some are re-evaluations by seasoned critics who revise earlier positions significantly; others admit new light onto what has seemed like well-trodden terrain or focus on works perhaps undervalued in the past—his poetry, an early short story or novel—which are now subjected to fresh attention. His posthumous work has also won attention from prominent critics. New comparisons with other international writers have been drawn in terms of subject matter, themes and philosophy.

    'The expansion of critical attention into fields like photography and film opens new possibilities for enhancing further appreciation of his work. White’s interest in public issues such as the treatment of Australia’s Indigenous peoples, human rights and Australian nationalism is refracted through the inclusion of relevant commentaries from notable contributors.

    'For the first time in Australian literary history, Indigenous scholars have participated in a celebration of the work of a white Australian writer. All of this highlights a new direction in White studies – the appreciation of his stature as a public intellectual. The book demonstrates that White’s legacy has limitless possibilities for further growth.' (Publisher's abstract)

    Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2014
    pg. 152-163
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