Alternative Brisbane masculinities : fictional representations within recent Brisbane narratives

Holliday, Penelope Ann (2008) Alternative Brisbane masculinities : fictional representations within recent Brisbane narratives. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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Abstract

This thesis considers and critically analyses literary representations of what I have called “alternative masculinities” within a selection of texts by male writers from the turn of the millennium. The novels chosen for this analysis are Last Drinks by Andrew McGahan (2000), World of Chickens (2001) by Nick Earls and Sushi Central by Alasdair Duncan (2003). The work of R.W. Connell, Doreen Massey and Bruce Bennett will inform a framework blending theories of masculinities, spatiality theories and critical regionalism, providing the tools to conduct a reading of the spaces fictional representations of alternative masculinities engage with. Applying Connell’s hierarchy of masculinities (1995) I examine the emerging textual constructions of alternative masculinities that correspond with the changing cityscape of Brisbane. Within the above texts I argue there is a strong emphasis on the connections between identity and place. This is expressed through references to Brisbane’s social and historical identity and the gendered alignment of Brisbane spaces with particular masculinities.

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ID Code: 16754
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Muller, Vivienne
Keywords: masculinities, Brisbane fiction, regionalism, space and place, narrative, alternative, Nick Earls, World Of Chickens, Andrew McGahan, Last Drinks, Alasdair Duncan, Sushi Central
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2008 02:36
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2014 23:13

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