Enough: a novel

Ashton, K 2008, Enough: a novel, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Creative Media, RMIT University.


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Title Enough: a novel
Author(s) Ashton, K
Year 2008
Abstract This thesis investigated the importance of form in relation to ethical and literary commitment and to history in Amanda Lohrey’s The Reading Group and The Morality of Gentlemen.

The project also created an original prose work entitled Enough, which explored tensions of class and gender through the prism of a damaged family traumatised by the death of a ten-year-old boy. The exegetical study considered the representation of history and the historicity of literature in relation to Lohrey’s early work, including an investigation of the influence of Brechtian techniques on The Morality of Gentlemen’s form, and of postmodernism and late capitalism on the novel’s climate of reception. She also considered The Reading Group as an incomplete dystopia and, following theoretical contributions by Jameson and Macherey, suggested that the novel’s silences and absences testified to the historical period and state of class struggle of the 1980s, while also considering how the novel posited the commodification of the utopian impulse as a critique of and intervention into that period. In order to cohere her study she revisited many debates within Marxist literary criticism. She finally considered the relationship of dystopian near-future fiction to history and the importance of form in questions of “committed” literary work. Her own creative work covered two time periods and multiple narrative perspectives and she drew conclusions about history and form in her own practice in the conclusion to her exegesis.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Creative Media
Keyword(s) Amanda Lohrey
Australian literature
Marxist literary criticism
novel
political fiction
political commitment
postmodernism
dystopia
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