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Published 1 May 1970 in Volume 4 No. 3.
Cite as: Herbert, Xavier. ‘The Writing of Capricornia.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 4, no. 3, 1970. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.6763d53670.
Discusses and compares drafts, revisions, and typescript fragments of Capricornia (particularly of Chapter Three) with regard to the imaginative vision of the novel.
The article discusses the polarised response to Wright’s work. The author argues that it is Wright’s ‘blend of realism and the visionary that marks the ambiguity and the promise of her creative work’ (60).
It has been generally accepted that the theme of Capricornia is racial conflict. The book's virtues are most often described in terms of that conflict, rather than in terms of any attempt to analyse, explain or investigate it. Thus breadth…