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Is Prowse's Rectum a Grave?: Jouissance, Reparative Transnationalism and Patrick White's The Twyborn Affair

Moore, Jackson

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This paper argues that the depiction of the character Don Prowse in Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair offers itself as a space of libidinal investment, and in doing so offers readers of this text an opportunity to re-engage with Australia’s nationalist literary tradition. The hyper-masculine Prowse stands as an emblem of Australia’s cultural heritage, as a link to the ubiquitous bushman of the ubiquitous 1890s. But what does it mean when this character, and by extension this literary...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMoore, Jackson
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-19T04:57:29Z
dc.date.available2019-09-19T04:57:29Z
dc.identifier.issn1447-8986
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/170583
dc.description.abstractThis paper argues that the depiction of the character Don Prowse in Patrick White’s The Twyborn Affair offers itself as a space of libidinal investment, and in doing so offers readers of this text an opportunity to re-engage with Australia’s nationalist literary tradition. The hyper-masculine Prowse stands as an emblem of Australia’s cultural heritage, as a link to the ubiquitous bushman of the ubiquitous 1890s. But what does it mean when this character, and by extension this literary tradition, are overtly sexualised, when they become desired and objectified by a desiring reader? Without erasing the prevalent misogyny and homophobia that attend Australia’s literary past, this paper nevertheless seeks to inaugurate a reparative reading of this past, a reading which disavows a hermeneutics of suspicion in favour of a reparative position which takes jouissance as a potential expression of attachment, desire, even love. Utilising the psychoanalytic frameworks of Eve Sedgwick and Leo Bersani, this paper articulates a new rhetoric of belonging and explores the ramifications of a queer theoretical standpoint in reanimating the relations between self, text, the nation state and the globe.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAssociation for the Study of Australian Literature
dc.rights© 2015 The Author/s
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dc.sourceJASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
dc.source.urihttps://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/JASAL/article/view/10566
dc.subjectAustralian Literature
dc.subjectQueer Theory
dc.subjectTransnationalism
dc.subjectPatrick White
dc.titleIs Prowse's Rectum a Grave?: Jouissance, Reparative Transnationalism and Patrick White's The Twyborn Affair
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume15
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor200502 - Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9803255xPUB1215
local.publisher.urlhttp://openjournals.library.usyd.edu.au/index.php/JASAL.
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMoore, Jackson, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage10
local.identifier.absseo950203 - Languages and Literature
dc.date.updated2019-04-14T08:36:57Z
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