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'Why is Carpentaria so challenging – yet so liberating – to read? How can Carpentaria deal so frankly with trauma and tragedy – yet be so healing and hope-inspiring? Answers to those paradoxes are ventured by this article, which suggests that Carpentaria’s narrative style replicates a psychological effect of oral storytelling, remaking the conventional literary experience of reading a novel.' (Publication abstract)


  • Author's note: Let me begin by saying that while I am a scholar of literature, I am not a scholar of Carpentaria. I am an admirer of Carpentaria, but I understand no more – and probably less – about its bends and currents than you do. I do not even know if it is a novel, other than in the most general sense of being something novel, original, dynamically imagined. I know only how I have responded to it, and I would never have presumed to write an essay for this volume had I not been asked by Alexis Wright. What follows is written in gratitude for that request, yet should not be misconstrued as anything expert, much less authoritative.

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    y separately published work icon Commonwealth : Essays and Studies Alexis Wright vol. 44 no. 2 2022 24301365 2022 periodical issue

    'This special issue on Alexis Wright’s work includes ten academic articles, seven of which focus on Wright’s Carpentaria (2006), while three discuss the author’s two other novels – Plains of Promise (1997) and The Swan Book (2013) – and oeuvre as a whole. The issue also contains art and poetry by Australian Indigenous creative artists, as well as the reprint of a review of Carpentaria and a reflexive essay on translating Wright’s works into Chinese. From the centrality of Indigenous epistemologies in Wright’s oeuvre to her narrative creativity, representation of country, commitment to a sovereignty of the mind, humour, and refusal of genres, the various contributions to the special issue propose original analyses and approaches to better understand Wright’s nuanced, complex novels and non-fiction works.' (Publication summary)


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