Fear, voice, and the environment in Sonya Hartnett's Forerst and The Midnight Zoo

Hawkes, Lesley (2011) Fear, voice, and the environment in Sonya Hartnett's Forerst and The Midnight Zoo. Papers : Explorations into Childrens Literature, 21(1), pp. 67-75.

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Subtle is not a word that is normally associated with Sonya Hartnett’s style. Rather, she is known for her stark, bold approach. However, when it comes to the Australian environment, Hartnett is indeed subtle in her approach. Hartnett has set in play a new, almost posthumanist style of writing about the nonhuman. The Australian landscape and environment has always figured prominently in Australian literature for both adults and children but Hartnett has taken this writing in a totally different direction. This article looks at two of Hartnett's novels, Forest and The Midnight Zoo, and examines how Hartnett offers new and exciting avenues of thought regarding the place of humans in that environment.

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ID Code: 54147
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Hartnett, children, environment, australia, posthumanism
ISSN: 1837-4530
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 LESLEY HAWKES
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2012 01:07
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2012 05:10

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