English Seminar: How to Build a Glass Church: Peter Carey’s ‘Oscar and Lucinda’
Belinda Castles, ‘How to Build a Glass Church: Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda’
Abstract: In my forthcoming edited essay collection, Reading Like an Australian Writer, Australian writers of fiction share their readings of other writers’ work. Julienne van Loon writes in her essay on ‘play’ in Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance, that ‘stories become blueprints for methods of thinking’. The essays in the collection, though varied in focus, stance and register, have in common the premise that reading stories gives us ways to think through the difficulties of writing. The collection has a particular audience in mind: other writers of fiction, looking not just for a reading of a specific novel, but in methods of productive writerly attention. To offer an example, I will present material from my essay: ‘How to build a glass church – Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda’. My reading focuses on material and linguistic textures in the novel, metaphorical landscapes, calibrations of narrative voice, and process. Underlying this commentary are questions that writers are always asking of their reading: What are you doing, and how are you doing it?
Biography: Belinda Castles is the author of four novels: Bluebottle, Hannah and Emil, The River Baptists and Falling Woman, and the editor of an essay collection, Reading like an Australian Writer, to be published by New South in May 2021. She has won the Australian/Vogel’s and Asher Literary Awards and been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and longlisted for the Stella Prize. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney.
This event will be held online via Zoom.
University staff and students can join the event in Woolley Common Room, Level 4, John Woolley Building (A20).
Contact: Liam Semler (email@example.com).
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