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Rhett Davis Rhett Davis i(A140597 works by) (a.k.a. Rhett Davies )
Gender: Male
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1 Avoiding It : Writing Fiction about Place Without Writing about It Rhett Davis , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , April vol. 24 no. 1 2020;
'Writing about place is not always writing what is ‘real’. Writers often avoid specific, named and recognisable places in fiction – using literary devices and forms to write around them – and yet still manage to evoke a sense of place. In an exegetical reflection on my PhD novel, Hovering, this article explores my own journey in writing about my home town of Geelong by avoiding it. It discusses writing around place by employing an absurdist approach and explores how physical space intersects with virtual space in ways that invite formal modification and polyphony. The methodology I adopt is autoethnographic and mirrors my creative approach, but I also intersperse case studies of writers who have been central to my creative thesis, and who have represented place through defamiliarising strategies such as absurdism and disguise, multiplicity of individual perspectives and the voice of the crowd. Ultimately this article reflects on how we might write fiction about our places – our homes, towns, cities, streets; places that deserve to be seen; places that are tangible or virtual or a strange mixture of both – when we want to avoid reducing them.' (Publication abstract)
1 Making It Old and New : Intermedial Print-digital Approaches to the Novel as Response to Media Competition Rhett Davis , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 49 2018;

'The novel has been consistently threatened by competition from new mediums. From modernism to postmodernism and beyond, many writers have responded to this competition by innovating and incorporating new styles, forms and techniques for the novel. In the digital age, despite the threat to print from online sources, linear print novels remain the dominant fictional mode – even though most of us communicate and consume through a discontinuous array of digital media that bears little resemblance to them. Adam Hammond has declared ours a ‘hybrid moment … [in which we have] one foot in the print world and the other in the digital’ (2016). Recently authors have published augmented books – print novels enhanced with additional digital components – which belong to a wider category of intermedial narratives (Ryan 2016). This paper analyses the hybrid print-digital forms of Steven Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad; positions the combination of print and digital narrative as a modern innovation in response to media competition; and argues that such approaches remediate the novel in ways that allow authors to reflect our hyper-attentive digital with fidelity.'  (Publication abstract)

1 Interior Exterior Rhett Davis , 2014 single work short story
— Appears in: The Sleepers Almanac No. 9 2014; (p. 315)
1 Man in City has City Rhett Davis , 2013 single work short story
— Appears in: Tincture Journal , Summer no. 4 2013; (p. 51-52)
1 Pretend We're Not Here Rhett Davis , 2012 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: The Big Issue Australia , 28 August - 10 September no. 414 2012; (p. 18-21)
1 Salad Bar Rhett Davis , 2012 single work short story
— Appears in: The Sleepers Almanac No. 8 2012; (p. 65-76)
1 Stalks Rhett Davis , 2012 single work short story
— Appears in: Page Seventeen , no. 10 2012; (p. 123-129)
1 In a Collapsing Theatre Rhett Davis , 2010 single work short story satire
— Appears in: Windmills , no. 5 2010; (p. 16)
1 Follicle Rhett Davis , 2010 single work short story humour
— Appears in: Windmills , no. 5 2010; (p. 9)
1 In Paper Hallways Rhett Davis , 2009 single work short story
— Appears in: Verandah , no. 24 2009; (p. 21-25)
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