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Advanced Fiction Writing (ATS3518) Semester 2
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Writing in Australia (ATS3310) Semester 1


y separately published work icon Carpentaria Alexis Wright , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2006 Z1184902 2006 single work novel (taught in 47 units) Carpentaria's portrait of life in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance centres on the powerful Phantom family, whose members are the leaders of the Pricklebush people, and their battles with old Joseph Midnight's tearaway Eastend mob on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine on the other. Wright's storytelling is operatic and surreal: a blend of myth and scripture, politics and farce. The novel is populated by extraordinary characters - Elias Smith the outcast saviour, the religious zealot Mozzie Fishman, leader of the holy Aboriginal pilgrimage, the murderous mayor Stan Bruiser, the ever-vigilant Captain Nicoli Finn, the activist and prodigal son Will Phantom, and above all, Angel Day the queen of the rubbish-dump, and her sea-faring husband Normal Phantom, the fish-embalming king of time - figures that stand like giants in this storm-swept world. (Backcover)
Cocky's Calendar : Poems David Campbell , Adelaide : Australian Letters , 1961 Z823129 1961 sequence poetry (taught in 1 units)
— Appears in: Hardening of the Light : Selected Poems 2006; (p. 47-52)
The Fittest George Turner , 1985 single work short story science fiction (taught in 1 units)
— Appears in: Urban Fantasies 1985; (p. 105-131) A Pursuit of Miracles : Eight Stories 1990; (p. 173-207) Mortal Fire : Best Australian Science Fiction 1993; (p. 229-262)
'George Turner's story "The Fittest" evokes the concept of "culling," a deliberate scientific attempt to reduce the world's population' (Colin Steele, SF Commentary No 77 2001, p.52)
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