Rob Finlayson

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Supervisor

Dr Jill Durey


This thesis consists of two parts. First, a novel manuscript titled 'Fame, Sex and Other Types of Criminality' and, second, an essay discussing ideas used in the creation of the novel.

The novel uses ironic and satiric devices to explore aspects of the culture of narcissism in contemporary Australia. The plot sees a group of characters set out to write a television show in order to achieve their individual goals. An underlying crime subplot results in the characters' desires being thwarted. The novel makes extensive use of references to philosophical, psychoanalytical and political texts to explore issues surrounding desire, the rule of law, romanticism, democracy and gender.

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