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Issue Details: First known date: 1984... 1984 Structures of Discovery in the Novels of Patrick White
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'Such a pity you didn't write about a Cheery aunt' was Ruth White's comment after reading The Aunt's Story. Since then, critical commentary has flourished, partly in recognition that there is no love that is not an echo. In the end, as Patrick White admits, 'only love redeems.' He has also admitted that his pursuit of that 'razor-blade truth' has made him a 'slasher'. This, also, is reflected in critical reception. Critics agree, however, that White's vision is both highly personal and idiosyncratic. The focus of that vision is the search, by all White's central characters ,for enlightenment and reconciliation with a lost unity. Common to the elite, through all the novels, are distinctive attitudes to experience, time and language, which become, as it were conditions of enlightenment. It is with these conditions, so called, that this thesis is principally concerned. In other words, this study examines the narrative structures and devices, common to the novels, which brought about the initial agreement that White's vision is both highly personal and idiosyncratic. A close analysis of the texts reveals that many distinctions are made concerning action, knowledge, character and how, for example, enlightenment is to be attained. This analysis takes place on what may be termed the literal level of exegesis which, while the source and foundation of all other levels such as the metaphorical, archetypal, mythical and religious, has been overlooked in their favour.' (Source : Introduction)

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      Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: 1984 .
      Extent: 296p.
      • Thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

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