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'The word “identity” as we now use it derives from Erik Erikson in his personality theories in the 1950s. But since then, the word has gained enormous popularity 8 across such a wide spectrum of disciplines, each adding nuances, subtleties and specified contexts to the already confusing term, that one doubts if it is ever possible to properly capture “identity” in dictionary definitions 9. Originating in psychoanalytical studies, the term now features in many new disciplines and areas of academic interest, and has become entangled with a number of academic buzzwords such as power, discourse and politics. While most authors don’t bother to define the word at all, some academics do venture their own definitions, most of which, they would add, are applicable only for a particular purpose and in a particular context.' (10-11)

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    y separately published work icon From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction Xiaojin Zhou , Qindao : China Ocean University Press , 2009 Z1741824 2009 multi chapter work criticism

    'Born into an Irish Catholic family in Sydney, Thomas Keneally published his first novel, The Place at Whitton, in 1964, four years after he abandoned his study for priesthood. The success of that gothic horror set in a seminary triggered a successful writing career of over forty years, in which he produced 25 novels, while making frequent and fruitful incursions into the world of nonfiction. Today Keneally is Australia’s best-known writer and Australia’s living treasure. Although Spielberg’s Schindler’s List became a media event and a household word in the 1990s, it hardly qualified Keneally as an overnight sensation. By that time, Keneally was already a widely acclaimed writer in Britain and America, truly “international”, as the Australians would like to put it, since he had publishers on both sides of the Atlantic and had won the 1982 Booker Prize. Despite discernible changes in his earlier and later works, it’s almost impossible, even as a critical expediency, to divide Keneally’s writing career into clearly marked stages. Writing on both “Australian” and “international” themes, and constantly shifting between past and present, Keneally failed to follow the normal path of arrival, growth and maturity, much to the disappointment of some Australian critics, who eagerly delighted in anticipating the destination of his literary journey...' (Author's introduction)

    Qindao : China Ocean University Press , 2009
    pg. 10-20
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