Meeting the Shark: Turning Family Stories into Magic Realistic Fiction

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    Two Steps on the Water is a magic realist novel, inspired by my ex-husband’s family stories. Family stories tend to acquire a mythic quality and this effect is heightened when they are not your family stories, but someone else’s. This paper will discuss how I appropriated their story, weaving a novel from fragments of their oft-told tales, in an attempt to mythologise a contemporary Australian landscape that is often read as ‘banal.’ This is part of a larger project, which is concerned with Australian fiction and its fascination with realism, and how as a writer I might render Australian landscapes fantastic.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventLocating Lives: The Inaugural Conference for the IABA Asia-Pacific Chapter - Flinders Univeristy, Victoria Square, Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 1 Dec 20153 Dec 2015
    Conference number: 1st (Program )


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