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Title: Missing the Zeitgeist. "Alanna", by Alan Saunders. [review]
Authors: Gerster, Robin
Keywords: Australian
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Issue Date: Aug-2002
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Gerster, Robin 2002. Missing the Zeitgeist. Review of "Alanna" by Alan Saunders. 'Australian Book Review', No 243, August, 61.
Series/Report no.: No 243
Abstract: As a satire of the pretension, gullibility and downright silliness of contemporary Australian cultural politics, "Alanna" is highly diverting entertainment. But its textual ‘playfulness’ is, frankly, a bit passé. Good satire posits, either overtly or covertly, an alternative ethical system. I couldn’t detect one here; ultimately, the novel runs the risk of being viewed as just as vacuous as the world it scrutinises and represents. The gung-ho theorist Karl opines at one point that ‘the free play of intertextual multivocalities effectively de-centres the discursive practice through which polymorphous identity is mediated’. This is the hideous jargon of an artistic environment that has lost its intellectual as well as aesthetic way. Pity is, it’s the kind of language that a novel such as "Alanna" encourages as well as lampoons.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/1682
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 243 - August 2002

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