The Conversations at Curlow Creek
in David Malouf
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This chapter examines The Conversations at Curlow Creek, a novel that organises itself much more around defamiliarising the familiar. It determines that this novel shows the gaps of darkness and strangeness that inform relationships of assumed intimacy and examines the continuous problem of self-knowledge. It considers the novel's division between ‘nature’ and ‘the law’ and how it determines a person's relationship with the work of civilisation. This chapter also discusses the collective consciousness of colonial Australian society, which appears to be mostly directed and dominated by power.


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