Alexandra Watkins interviews Michelle de Kretser on 'Springtime'

Watkins, Alexandra 2016, Alexandra Watkins interviews Michelle de Kretser on 'Springtime', Mascara literary review, no. 19, pp. 1-1.

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Title Alexandra Watkins interviews Michelle de Kretser on 'Springtime'
Author(s) Watkins, Alexandra
Journal name Mascara literary review
Issue number 19
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher Mascara Poetry
Place of publication Wahroonga, N.S.W.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1835-4017
Keyword(s) Michelle de Kretser
short form fiction
Australian gothic
literary fashion
Melbourne / Sydney cultural divide
Summary Sydney in spring is a palette of luminous intensity. Fresh green spaces meet vivid blue skies. Lilac jacarandas burst into life throughout the city and its suburbs. It is time of renewal when locals and tourists take full advantage of this most favoured of seasons. It is a curious setting for a gothic tale, albeit the location for Michelle de Kretser’s latest work, Springtime: A Ghost Story. Bringing light to darkness this ‘black-spring’ interview with Michelle de Kretser questions Australian literary and cultural customs and environmental stereotypes. It also probes literary fashions, short form fiction, the Melbourne / Sydney cultural divide, gothic tropes, and the psychology of space. Through her discussion with interviewer Alix Watkins, de Kretser reflects on her interest in haunting, the influence of her Sri Lankan background, and the attraction of brevity following her previous epic Questions of Travel (Miles Franklin Award 2012).
Language eng
Field of Research 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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