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Winton’s spectralities, or, what haunts Cloudstreet?

Chapter


Abstract


  • Frst published in 1991, Tim Winton's Cloudstreet is now presented

    in one of its several Penguin editions as a 'Modern

    Australian Classic'. Might this detail of the book's marketing reveal

    something about the novel's metatextual status? It might be seen

    to imply that Cloudstreet figures a certain Australian modernity.

    Indeed, this modernity would have to be commensurable with

    something classic, standard, which is also to say formative. And

    insofar as it is formative of the present, a classic is also implicitly,

    at least in part, of the past. Cloudstreet's metatextual status, then,

    implies that the novel figures Australia's modernity even as it

    relies on a classicism that is spectral: haunting the present in all

    its modernity. If the paradoxical canonical status clct:imed by the

    novel implies a certain spectrality, in this way then it is perhaps

    not surprising that in fleeting but essential moments the novel

    functions not only as a family epic, but also as a ghost story.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Griffiths, M. R. (2014). Winton’s spectralities, or, what haunts Cloudstreet?. In L. McCredden & N. O'Reilly (Eds.), Tim Winton: Critical Essays (pp. 75-95). Western Australia: University of Western Australia.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781742586069

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1692

Book Title


  • Tim Winton: Critical Essays

Start Page


  • 75

End Page


  • 95

Place Of Publication


  • Western Australia

Abstract


  • Frst published in 1991, Tim Winton's Cloudstreet is now presented

    in one of its several Penguin editions as a 'Modern

    Australian Classic'. Might this detail of the book's marketing reveal

    something about the novel's metatextual status? It might be seen

    to imply that Cloudstreet figures a certain Australian modernity.

    Indeed, this modernity would have to be commensurable with

    something classic, standard, which is also to say formative. And

    insofar as it is formative of the present, a classic is also implicitly,

    at least in part, of the past. Cloudstreet's metatextual status, then,

    implies that the novel figures Australia's modernity even as it

    relies on a classicism that is spectral: haunting the present in all

    its modernity. If the paradoxical canonical status clct:imed by the

    novel implies a certain spectrality, in this way then it is perhaps

    not surprising that in fleeting but essential moments the novel

    functions not only as a family epic, but also as a ghost story.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Griffiths, M. R. (2014). Winton’s spectralities, or, what haunts Cloudstreet?. In L. McCredden & N. O'Reilly (Eds.), Tim Winton: Critical Essays (pp. 75-95). Western Australia: University of Western Australia.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781742586069

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1692

Book Title


  • Tim Winton: Critical Essays

Start Page


  • 75

End Page


  • 95

Place Of Publication


  • Western Australia