Shapely experience and the limits of 'late colonial transcendentalism': the portrait of the artist as soldier in Roger McDonald’s '1915'

Lee, Christopher (2011) Shapely experience and the limits of 'late colonial transcendentalism': the portrait of the artist as soldier in Roger McDonald’s '1915'. Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 11 (2). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1447-8986

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Abstract

This essay argues that Roger McDonald’s debut novel 1915 represents a form of literary modernism which rejects the easy aesthetic comforts of ‘late colonial transcendentalism’ (17). McDonald presents an intricate -- we might even say ritualised -- pattern of subversive counterpoint to ‘reveal and dramatise the failure of the subject to escape its own limits, and hence its own history’ (McCann 155). The result is a highly self-conscious literary novel that seeks to reconcile the art of high modernism with a postcolonial practice interested in the consequences of public memory.


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Depositing User: Professor Chris Lee
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2012 06:10
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2014 00:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: modernism, post-colonialism, Roger McDonald, Australian literature, war, public memory, gender, the novel, literary history
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200524 Comparative Literature Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20906

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