'Ropes of stories': Jean Rhys, Vivienne Cleven, and Melissa Lucashenko

Gildersleeve, Jessica (2015) 'Ropes of stories': Jean Rhys, Vivienne Cleven, and Melissa Lucashenko. Queensland Review, 22 (1). pp. 75-84. ISSN 1321-8166

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Cleven and Lucashenko’s novels are less interested in characters telling their own story than they are in underscoring how hearing a story and connecting with different kinds of traditions is central to both identity formation and establishing a sense of belonging for their Indigenous female characters. In Lucashenko’s metaphor, their interest lies in those who need to grasp the ‘ropes of stories’, those lifelines thrown to them, rather than those who throw the ropes. For Cleven that rope of tradition is primarily literary (in its intertextual references to Rhys), while for Lucashenko it is more closely aligned with place; in both cases, however, it is coming to hear, rather than simply to tell a story which underpins the development of community and subsequently individual identity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 04:24
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Queensland; women's writing; Indigenous literature; postcolonial literature
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/qre.2015.7
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27413

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