Australian Patriography: How Sons Write Fathers in Contemporary Life Writing (Anthem Australian Humanities Research) (Hardcover)
The Son's Book of the Father, as Richard Freadman termed it, is a rich field of relational autobiography, offering a unique set of tensions and insights into modes of masculinity, notions of identity and the ethics of representing another's life in writing one's own. This study of modern Australian life writing by sons who focus on fathers places an emerging sub-genre within its literary ancestry and its contemporary milieu. Providing compelling readings of Raimond Gaita's 'Romulus, My Father', Peter Rose's 'Rose Boys' and many others, this is the first study of its kind within Australian literature.
Stephen Mansfield is an independent scholar as well as a casual research assistant and tutor in the Department of English at Sydney University, Australia.