‘Ropes of stories’: Jean Rhys, Vivienne Cleven and Melissa Lucashenko

  title={‘Ropes of stories’: Jean Rhys, Vivienne Cleven and Melissa Lucashenko},
  author={Jessica Gildersleeve},
  journal={Queensland Review},
  pages={75 - 84}
Cultural narratives also function as lifelines in the work of another Queensland Indigenous woman writer, Vivienne Cleven. Cleven's novel, Bitin’ Back (2001), begins when Mavis Dooley's son, Nevil, announces that he is no longer Nevil, but the writer Jean Rhys. Although Nevil eventually reveals that he has simply been acting as a woman in order to understand the protagonist of the novel he is writing, his choice of Rhys in particular is significant. Nevil selected Jean Rhys as a signifier of… 
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