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Fugitive Letters

posted on 2020-10-01, 00:00 authored by Cassandra AthertonCassandra Atherton, Paul Hetherington
Fugitive Letters



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Recent Work Press

Place of publication

Canberra, A.C.T.





Research statement

This collaborative and intertextual sequence of prose poetry explores the relationship of the present to the past, the importance and fragility of archival materials, the beguiling force of memory and various (and often negative) views of women and their roles that were far too prevalent in the twentieth century (some of which views unfortunately remain). This sequence also treats a range of other themes, many of them connected to ideas of representation, history and identity, and to ways of understanding familial and other intimate relationships. While Fugitive Letters is a creative work, in writing it we drew on a selection of archival material to inform our prose poems about the First World War. This includes material from the National Archives (UK) and the Imperial War Museums (UK) . We also refer to correspondence by Thea Proctor (1879–1966) and Dorrit Black (1891–1951), who are both important Australian visual artists. There are also passing references to the short story, ‘A Ghost’ by Guy de Maupassant and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. There are brief allusions to John William Waterhouse’s painting A Mermaid (1900) and the poem, ‘The Mermaid’ by Alfred Tennyson. These intertextual moments are critiqued by our contemporary readings which liberate them from passive roles ascribed to them in archives.

Publication classification

JO3 Original Creative Works – Textual Work


NTRO Major

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