Literary Studies : The Author Cat - Clemens's Life in Fiction

Gislason, Kari (2008) Literary Studies : The Author Cat - Clemens's Life in Fiction. M/C Reviews, January(18).

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Abstract

A review of The Author Cat: Clemens's Life in Fiction by Forrest G. Robinson (Fordham UP, 2007).

Even at its most basic, guilt forms a counterweight to the hesitancy and unpleasantness of authorship, forcing writers back to the desk when they have come to despise their work. Guilt as task-master is familiar to most, even those to whom more elevated feelings, such as inspiration, make occasional visits. It seems that guilt is effective because writing is so seldom an organic or natural activity - rather, good writing emerges out of unhappy pressures that eventually overwhelm the writer's evasive strategies, from visits to the fridge door to the most sophisticated forms they take, such as when the author creates a narrative persona that claims to have owned up...

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ID Code: 76507
Item Type: Review
Refereed: No
Keywords: Authorship Studies, Literary History, Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens, American Literature
ISSN: 1441-2616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 M/C and the author
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2014 01:42
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2014 03:56

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