Michael Dransfield's Lives: A Sixties Biography

Duwell, M. E. (2000) Michael Dransfield's Lives: A Sixties Biography. Australian Literary Studies, 19 3: 344-347.

Author Duwell, M. E.
Title Michael Dransfield's Lives: A Sixties Biography
Journal name Australian Literary Studies
ISSN 004 9697
Publication date 2000-05-01
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 344
End page 347
Total pages 4
Editor L. T. Hergenhan
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland
Language eng
Subject C4
420202 Australian and New Zealand
751001 Languages and literature
Abstract Michael Dransfield is an especially difficult subject for a number of reasons -- one of the most important of which is that he was such a compulsive biographer of his selves -- and Michael Dransfield's Lives is to be admired for its attempts to negotiate these. It is a valuable act of recovery-research published while the generations that knew Dransfield -- who died in 1973 -- are still alive and documentation in the form of diaries and letters is still available. It is also a sensitive and informed interpretive work, engaging both life and poems. It is, however, framed by two less attractive features: a desire to engage the theoretical sophistications of post-modern biography (one wants to recommend to the author a repeated exposure to a recent sportswear advertisement) and a desire to situate Dransfield within his ethos as a proto-post-modern man: typical of his age, a focus for the issues of his age, a paradigmatic case, a child of his age and so on.
Q-Index Code C4

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Sub-type: Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
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