A commonly stated desire of the contemporary novelist is to avoid preaching, or sounding didactic. There could even be a tendency to steer away from tackling the big issues of our times, perhaps for fear of sounding heavy handed, or alienating readers. The focus of this paper is on creative engagement with the sociopolitical milieu in which we find ourselves. This is the project of the novel I am in the process of writing as the creative component of practice-led research. The fiction emerged following the violent attacks on Indian students in Australia 2009, and the ensuing media attention in both India and Australia. Specifically, this paper examines the writing of a novel raising the tough questions accompanying multiculturalism and race relations in the contemporary urban setting of Melbourne, Australia. Drawing on Deleuze' notion of the Event, I will consider how that notion sits with the writing of a novel with an agenda.
|Keywords:||Novel, Sociopolitical, Multicultural, Deleuze, creative writing, event, sociopolitical, practice-led research|
Doctoral Student, Faculty of Arts and Education , School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia