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Issue Details: First known date: 1974... 1974 His Natural Life and the Capacities of Melodrama
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Burrows looks at His Natural Life as a melodramatic vision that derived from English and French fiction and seeks to describe what makes good melodrama. The audience and their recognition of conventions supplied by the author are very important, but Burrows argues that "when the susurrus of the pathetic fallacy is shut out of mind" there remains echoes of Romanticism and the sublime. Despite the narrative instability caused by Clarke's occasional use of antithetical figures (which challenges readers' conventional views), Rufus Dawes' fate stabilizes his character as a hero of melodrama.

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    y separately published work icon Southerly vol. 34 no. 3 September 1974 Z593117 1974 periodical issue 1974 pg. 280-301
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    y separately published work icon The AustLit Anthology of Criticism Leigh Dale , Linda Hale , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2010 Z1679436 2010 anthology criticism The articles collected here have been selected with non-specialist readers in mind and aim to provide insights and valuable understandings into the works of important Australian writers. Upper secondary and lower tertiary students and general readers will find these articles useful for the study of leading Australian writers whether that is happening in years 11 and 12; first, second and third year university courses; or reading groups. St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2010 pg. 7
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