Apart from the Expected: The Novels of Brian Castro

Author: Michael Ian Deves

Deves, Michael Ian, 1999 Apart from the Expected: The Novels of Brian Castro, Flinders University, English and Drama

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Abstract

This thesis is the first extensive study of Brian Castro's work as an oeuvre. It seeks to draw out the impetus behind Castro's writing, to elucidate the subjects that he is concerned with and the techniques he employs, and to place him as a writer within the contemporary Australian novel tradition. The thesis is built around close reading of Castro's first six novels, reading of secondary sources where these directly influence the novels or Castro's methods, research into Castro's literary papers held in the Mitchell Library in Sydney and the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, and correspondence and an interview with Brian Castro.

Keywords: brian castro,birds of passage,pomeroy,double-wolf,after china,drift,stepper

Subject: English thesis

Thesis type: Doctor of Philosophy
Completed: 1999
School: School of Humanities and Creative Arts
Supervisor: Dr Lyn Jacobs