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'On its website, the Reading Australian Literature series is advertised as offering a 'unique insight into an ongoing writerly dialogue with our literary heritage,' and so it was appropriate when first thinking about this topic I began with the idea of a conversation. the second thing that came to mind was a comment by Tegan Bennett Daylight in an essay on Helen Garner, in which she quotes Holden Caulfield, the narrator of The Catcher in the Rye. Holden says what really knocks him out 'is a book that ... you wish the author who wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could cal him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.' And Bennett Daylight herself says, 'Each time a writer writes that are making that phone call, to all the writers whose work they have read' (Bennett Daylight 25). (Introduction) 

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    y separately published work icon Southerly Questionable Characters vol. 77 no. 1 2017 12297024 2017 periodical issue

    'This issue of Southerly was conceived both a general topic that would attract a wide range of submissions and to reflect the return of the'character' to the fore of literary scholarship in the last decade. This return to character is taken up in John Frow's study Character and Person (Oxford : OUP, 2014) which details the fundamental 'problem that fictional characters are made of words, of images, of imaginings, and not real in the way that people are real : but that we endow these sketched- in figures with some semblance of reality which moves' (online Chs 1, 2). Each chapter of Frow's monograph focuses on a figuration - and considers how these strategies work together to affect the reader's sympathy, interest and judgement.' (Editorial)

    2017
    pg. 166-182
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