John Forbes, the Australian poet: representations of national identity in a layered event on ABC Radio National

Varatharajan, Prithvi (2015) John Forbes, the Australian poet: representations of national identity in a layered event on ABC Radio National. Adaptation, 9 1: 1-11. doi:10.1093/adaptation/apu046


Author Varatharajan, Prithvi
Title John Forbes, the Australian poet: representations of national identity in a layered event on ABC Radio National
Formatted title
John Forbes, the Australian poet: representations of national identity in A Layered Event on ABC Radio National
Journal name Adaptation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-0637
1755-0645
Publication date 2015-02-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/adaptation/apu046
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
John Forbes was an Australian poet who lived from 1950 to 1998 and was one of the so-called ‘generation of 68’ who were deeply influenced by contemporary American poetics and culture. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)’s Radio National paid tribute to Forbes’s life and work in 1999, in the posthumous radio adaptation A Layered Event. This article analyses representations of national identity in A Layered Event, using Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of the ‘arboreal’ or unified versus the ‘rhizomic’ or networked. I argue that, through edited biographical interviews on the one hand, and adaptations of Forbes’s poems on the other, A Layered Event cultivates two distinct images of national identity—arboreal and rhizomic—and that it plays these off against each other. The article asks why Forbes and Forbes’s work is represented in these ways in the program. I use this reading of A Layered Event to reflect on the ABC’s role as a national public service broadcaster at the turn of the millennium. I argue that A Layered Event’s handling of national representations may be read as an allegory for the ABC’s negotiation of its Charter aim to ‘contribute to a sense of national identity’, in an age of increasingly trans-national and fragmented identities and audiences.
Keyword John Forbes
Australian national identity
Public service broadcasting
Australian poetry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 3 February 2015.

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