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ItemHurricanes, Snakes and Landlords: Class exploitation and the 'suburban dream' of Italians in Australia(Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2008-11)Central to the social processes and economic development of Australia and many other western countries during the 1950s and early 1960s was the realisation of the 'suburban dream'. Considering the perspective of Italian women in Australia helps to uncover the class, gender and ethnic exploitation that sustained this dream. In this article, letters written by two Italian migrant women in the late 1950s and early 1960s are considered.
ItemRecent Perceptions of Rural Australia in Italian and Italian Australian Narrative(Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2008-11)Italian settlement in rural and outback areas of Australia during the late 1800s and early 1900s has remained a largely unsung saga while most Italians migrating to Australia after 1947 ultimately settled in urban areas. Few narrative writers have written about non-urban Australia in substantially social realist terms. More recently, this trend had taken a post-modern perspective in a few Italian Australian and Italian writers who depict the Australian outback as providing a solution to the protagonists' life quest and promote a discourse on nature as a dynamic, positive and vital element that contrasts with man's static negativism.
ItemUneasy Bedfellows: Assessing the creative thesis and its exegesis(The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2009-10)Since creative writing is being formalised in coherent programs and assessment methods are under scrutiny, we must mediate the problematic relationship between this new discipline and the academy more effectively. Honours and postgraduate theses with a creative component are a growing industry in Australian universities. Students write fiction, poetry and drama as well as theorise their practice. Some create picture books and scrutinise the visual and verbal narratives. Students question their own efforts, however, in a manner that varies from literary critics. Whatever "ism" postgraduates favour, they have one thing in common. They are aware during the process of creation of how their understanding of what literature is affects their work. They make conscious decisions based on their critical formulations. Or do they?
ItemImagination and Marketability: What do writers do for a living?(The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 1998-04)If recent statistics are reliable, most Australian writers pursue their craft as a vocation, not as a means to a living wage. These statistics might not dampen the enthusiasm of students who might be years away from facing their implications, yet virtually all teachers of creative writing who have ever freelanced or tried to supplement their incomes in a meaningful way by publishing, realise the seriousness of them. This paper will first canvass the reasons students enrol in writing topics, then consider how realistic their aims are in light of current publishing practice and finally focus on three successful writers for young people to evaluate those aims in the light of professional experience.
ItemLiving on the Edge: Creative writers in higher education(The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2010-04)This paper focuses on creative writing and considers how we might write across and beyond boundaries between genres, between disciplines and between audiences. Using principles from action research and practice-led research as jumping off points, it suggests that rather than making absolute statements, writing research can also be about 'surveying, mapping, even realms that are yet to come' (Deleuze and Guattari 1987: 4-5). This paper goes on to examine WH Auden's poem 'Musée des Beaux Arts' (composed 1938) to demonstrate this approach. Then it introduces Heinz Insu Fenkl's theory of 'interstitial' works (Fenkl 2003: 1) and considers how it relates to fluid conceptions of research in the 21st century that can reinvigorate writing as well as teaching. It concludes that writer-teachers do not need to offer students rigid templates; they can encourage them to see research methodologies as if they were travel guides, enabling them to explore new frontiers themselves.
ItemThe supervisor as practice-led coach and trainer: getting creative writing doctoral candidates across the finish line(Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2009-10)Multitasking supervisor-trainers who oversee the hybrid creative writing thesis have a role that is complicated by the multiplicity of theoretical and structural pathways available to shape the hybrid thesis. The dialectical process of supervisors interrogating their performance replicates, to some extent, how candidates undertake practice-led research, which involves posing questions and modifying strategies as a thesis progresses.