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Dangerous places: A novel

By Tracey-Anne Michelle Forbes

Abstract

Dangerous Places is a novel about the gap between mythological (or 'dreamed') constructions of reality and actual life. The story centres on V en, a married woman with two young children. Her love for her children is fiercely protective and encompassing, but she feels alienated from her husband and to a certain extent her society; so when her first love, Yanni, re-enters her life,she is strongly tempted to resume her affair with him. She is however seduced more by the memories she has 'mythologized' about him than by his physical reality; in the course of the novel she is forced to come to terms with her own delusions. The subplot of the novel involves other characters who are caught between illusion and reality as well, and who deal with 'truth' in differing ways. The themes of the book are explored using a number of structures which underlie and support the surface story. The Greek myths of Adonis/ Aphrodite and Hades/Persephone are framing agents for the plot, and the setting in contemporary Brisbane and North Stradbroke Island is symbolic

Topics: Australian fiction, alienation, Adonis, Aphrodite, Hades, illusion, love, marital relationships, myths, Greek, parenthood, Persephone, thesis, masters
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:36412
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