Creative Matters

Moonscapes and Mallee Scrub: Remembering Remembering

  • Andrew Miller Flinders University of South Australia
Keywords: Life writing, graphic memoir, bricolage

Abstract

Many 'life writers' in the twenty-first century are turning to digital platforms to tell their stories. Some life writers are combining 'prose' and 'visual elements' to expand their meaning-making capabilities beyond traditional narrative.

In Moonscapes and Mallee Scrub I have turned to the visual to tell the story of my mother's mysterious death in 1974. This text draws upon multimodal elements and a range of different texts to form a 'graphic-memoir-bricolage' designed for online viewing. The resulting 'visual-verbal' text explores both the events that took place and the difficulties of depicting reflections on earlier reflections in the telling of that story. What results is a complex multimodal text that raises as many questions as it offers answers. But this, in the end, is the nature of memory and memoir - at least for this author!

Author Biography

Andrew Miller, Flinders University of South Australia
Dr Andrew Miller is a lecturer in academic literacies at Flinders university in South Australia. he lives at Maslin Beach with his two dogs.
Published
2013-03-28
Section
Creative Matters