Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
School of Communications and Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
Associate Professor Richard Rossiter
This thesis comprises a novel entitled Carly's Dance and an essay entitled As the Owl Discreet. Although separate works, a line runs through them that might be described as an urge to connect; each work, although self-contained, is concerned with the co-existence of opposites, or more precisely, apparent opposites. The essay's title is ironic, borrowed from Hillaire Belloc's perverse verses collected as Cautionary Tales. Discretion is exactly what the thesis tests the bounds of, as do the characters in my novel. And so do I, in using family history to motivate my research.
McKenzie, V. (2008). As the owl discreet: Essay towards a conversation and Carly's Dance a novel. https://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/24