Voss and His Communications: A Structural Contrast


In bringing Sydney and the Bush to function in a set of relations which are symbolic, [Patrick White's Voss] demonstrates that in place of McAuley's contrast between society and the unexplored Bush, one can substitute the still more general model of a contrast between conventional and non-conventional forms of communication. I suggest that this contrast is not only fundamental to Voss but is in fact a basic structural feature of most of White's novels.

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Published 1 October 1982 in Volume 10 No. 4. Subjects: Country vs city, Perceptions of nature, Patrick White.

Cite as: Macainsh, Noel. ‘Voss and His Communications: A Structural Contrast.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 10, no. 4, 1982, doi: 10.20314/als.81812b41d6.