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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Tim Winton : Abjection, Meaning-making and Australian Sacredness
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'Tim Winton’s fiction has divided critics. His writing has been characterised as nostalgic (Dixon), as too Christian (Goldsworthy), as blokey, and even misogynist (Schürholz). He has been pilloried on the blog site Worst of Perth, with its ‘Wintoning Project,’ which calls for contributions of ‘Australian or Western Australian schmaltz, in the style of our most famous literary son, master dispenser of literary cheese and fake WA nostalgia Tim Winton’ (online). And he has won the top Australian literary prize, The Miles Franklin Award, four times (Shallows, 1984; Cloudstreet, 1992; Dirt Music, 2002; and Breath, 2009). Winton’s oeuvre spans three decades. It remains highly recognisable in its use of Australian vernacular and its sun-filled, beachy Western Australian settings; but it has also taken some dramatic, dark and probingly self-questioning turns. While critics often look for common strands in an author’s oeuvre, it is revealing to consider developments and changes between individual works. How do the darker, more abject elements of Winton’s imaginative visions relate to the ‘wholesome’ if macho Aussie surfer image, or to the writer of plenitude somehow embarrassing to critics?' (Author's introduction)

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    y separately published work icon JASAL Unsettled and Unsettling : Negotiating Reconciliation, Recognition, Reparation vol. 16 no. 1 2016 9691798 2016 periodical issue 2016
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  • Breath Tim Winton , 2008 single work novel
  • Eyrie Tim Winton , 2013 single work novel
  • Cloudstreet Tim Winton , 1991 single work novel
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