The Conversations at Curlow Creek

Don Randall

in David Malouf

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780719068324
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701140 | DOI:
The Conversations at Curlow Creek

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This chapter examines The Conversations at Curlow Creek, a novel that organises itself much more around defamiliarising the familiar. It determines that this novel shows the gaps of darkness and strangeness that inform relationships of assumed intimacy and examines the continuous problem of self-knowledge. It considers the novel's division between ‘nature’ and ‘the law’ and how it determines a person's relationship with the work of civilisation. This chapter also discusses the collective consciousness of colonial Australian society, which appears to be mostly directed and dominated by power.

Keywords: defamilarisation; assumed intimacy; self-knowledge; law; work of civilisation; collective consciousness; colonial Australian society; power; The Conversations at Curlow Creek

Chapter.  6051 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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