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dc.contributor.authorFisher, Jeremyen
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-28T16:30:00Z
dc.date.issued2004en
dc.identifier.citationOverland, 176(Spring), p. 61-66en
dc.identifier.issn0030-7416en
dc.identifier.issn1444-3163en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/5714en
dc.description.abstractCuddling up with a good book. Wheezing and exhausted with childhood asthma, I was happy to read, to travel to other worlds on the words of numerous writers. I'd fall asleep and dream of being the cabin-boy sailing off with a galleon of pirates, camping in an Antarctic tent in the embrace of my loyal companions, sitting atop an elephant lurching through the jungle, firmly in the grip of my faithful bodyguard close behind me, bedding down in the hay with the other knaves while our knight went to seek his fair damsel, or working with my special friend to help resurrect the town after the flood. Finding pleasure in reading otters a lifelong diversion in solitude. Mark Mordue has suggested that Ivan Southall's books for children also helped him "fall in love with reading" and that Southall "put me on the path to becoming a writer"; I share these sentiments, though with hindsight I can see I was reading myself queer through gaps in Southall's (and other writers') narratives. I cuddled all the wrong characters as I cuddled up with my book. It wasn't until considerably after puberty that it dawned on me that most other boys weren't reading books this way. By the time I was 16, in 1968, I knew that the queer way I was reading texts was very much part of me. The only way I could find this part of myself was to read between the lines, to try and interpret seemingly impenetrable codes. There seemed nothing that directly identified even approximately what I felt.en
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dc.publisherOL Society Ltden
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dc.titleCuddling the Wrong Characters: Reading, writing and gay self-identityen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.subject.keywordsCreative Writing (incl Playwriting)en
local.contributor.firstnameJeremyen
local.subject.for2008190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)en
local.subject.seo2008950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)en
local.profile.schoolSchool of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciencesen
local.profile.emailjfishe23@une.edu.auen
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local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune-20100420-160828en
local.publisher.placeMelbourne, Australiaen
local.format.startpage61en
local.format.endpage66en
local.identifier.volume176en
local.identifier.issueSpringen
local.title.subtitleReading, writing and gay self-identityen
local.contributor.lastnameFisheren
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local.title.maintitleCuddling the Wrong Charactersen
local.output.categorydescriptionC2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
local.relation.urlhttp://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/research/handle/10453/3253en
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