Mr Hare's Seraglio

Carleton, Stephen (2002). Mr Hare's Seraglio Master's Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Carleton, Stephen
Thesis Title Mr Hare's Seraglio
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2002
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Supervisor Unknown
Total pages 139
Language eng
Subjects 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Formatted abstract
This thesis comprises a creative dissertation (a full length play, "Mr Hare's Seraglio"), and a critical essay in three parts, setting out the parameters of my project, describing the critical thinking behind the dissertation, and analysing two contemporary Australian plays that have influenced my writing, placed within an appropriate critical and theoretical framework. The creative dissertation examines an attempt by Alexander Hare to establish a sexual utopia on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the 1820s. Hare's seraglio (or, as he referred to it, his "fiddle-faddle") comprised women from throughout the (then) Dutch East Indies, as well Zulus and Papuans, and male workers from the same regions. The play looks at this brief period of despotic sexual rule, and also includes a contrapuntal narrative that explores issues of contemporary sexual imperialism. In this contemporary narrative, a journalist and a marine biologist (and her younger lover) are visiting the islands for ostensibly professional purposes, but find themselves becoming haunted by the islands' seamy history. The critical essay utilises postcolonial and queer theories as a framework for analysis of The Language of the Gods by Louis Nowra and Sex Diary of an Infidel by Michael Gurr, two plays which deal with similar thematic and theoretical concerns to my creative dissertation, and links this study into my own attempts to write about imperialism and desire. As well as providing models of excellence in terms of narrative, style and structure, the Nowra and Gurr texts have shaped my thinking about representing the colonised "Other" on stage.

Keyword Creative writing

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