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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Voss : Earthed and Transformative Sacredness
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'Patrick White's fifth novel, Voss (1957), has long been gathering about itself the status of icon. However, the hermeneutic processes and the interpretations that have fed this iconicity are still open to debate. Sidney Nolan's famous black-and-white sketch of Voss, appearing first on the front cover of the 1960 edition, is haunting in its depiction of the solid, dapper, bespectacled German man equipping himself for the journey. Equally, and ironically, the sketch is minimalist, hinting at the unknowableness of this foreign man with his slightly different hat. While it suggests that the explorer possesses a sturdiness and control — the trim beard (though seen as scraggy by Laura), the neat shirt buttoned to the collar, the sense of efficiency if not indomitability about the figure with his hands clasped behind — it also suggests that he is dis-placed, not all-knowing, perhaps myopic. The figure in the novel, and in Nolan's hands, is both substance and ghost, knowing and unknowing, earthed and out of place.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Remembering Patrick White : Contemporary Critical Essays Elizabeth McMahon (editor), Brigitta Olubas (editor), Amsterdam New York (City) : Rodopi , 2010 Z1691441 2010 selected work criticism Remembering Patrick White presents the first major study of the full range of White’s work in over twenty-five years, and aims to bring this important author up to date for new generations of readers and scholars. Patrick White is a writer of moods and perspectives and the essays collected here range in their focus over his public presentations, his formal challenges, his spiritual leanings and dramatic gestures. They examine the breadth and significance of White’s intellectual contribution and consider the ongoing legacy of his thought and his art within national and international frames. As a collection, they focus our attention on what Patrick White means at the juncture of the present, reading his work through contemporary critical perspectives that further underscore the dynamism and substance of his writing. (Publisher's blurb) Amsterdam New York (City) : Rodopi , 2010 pg. 109-124
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