Words and Silk: Gerald Murnane at the cinema

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The article discusses Australian writer Gerald Murnane's appearance in Philip Tyndall's 1989 documentary film "Words and Silk: The Imaginary and Real Worlds of Gerald Murnane." Topics covered include the role of film in the narrative content of Murnane's novels such as "Tamarisk Row" and "A Million Windows," how the cinema seems linked to the objectification or sexualization of women in filmic reference points in Murnane's work, and Murnane's disavowal of an early interest in screenwriting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-320
Number of pages12
JournalAntipodes: a global journal of Australian/New Zealand literature
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • 1900-1999
  • narrative technique
  • image-text relations
  • dramatic arts
  • film
  • film genres
  • documentary film
  • Australian literature
  • Murnane, Gerald
  • fiction
  • Tyndall, Philip
  • Words and Silk: The Imaginary and Real Worlds of Gerald Murnane


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