Our Father, Who Art in Heaven: reflecting on how Christian text can influence nonfiction writing

Simpson, J 2018, 'Our Father, Who Art in Heaven: reflecting on how Christian text can influence nonfiction writing', Text: journal of writing and writing courses, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 1-11.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Our Father, Who Art in Heaven: reflecting on how Christian text can influence nonfiction writing
Author(s) Simpson, J
Year 2018
Journal name Text: journal of writing and writing courses
Volume number 22
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian Association of Writing Programs
Abstract Child adoption practices in twentieth century Australia were largely reliant on Christian agencies to facilitate the separation of child from mother and the subsequent re-homing of that child with others, almost always married couples referred as suitable parents by their local minister or priest. Stories told by adoptees are frequently stories of loss, grief and abandonment, as recorded in memoir, government inquiries and research studies. The creative work presented in this paper is titled another Exodus: men women leaving children. In this work I chose to 'embody' the 'shell' of the King James Version of the first two chapters in Exodus, a book in the Bible's Old Testament. The work forms part of my broader study of experimental writing, in this case combining a bricolage approach to research with the hermit crab form of the lyric essay, undertaken during my creative practices research. The reader is invited to form fresh, and perhaps transformed, understandings of the impact of the Christian churches' role in adoption policy and practice in Australia, and the subsequent effects of that influence and intervention on our collective cultural and emotional psyche.
Subject Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) creative writing - bricolage - hermit crab essay - infant adoption -The Bible
ISSN 1327-9556
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