Notes from the Underground: Spring 2018

Notes from the Underground: Spring 2018

by Laura AdamsKhadeja Ahmed Emma Bell and others
Publication Date: 15/02/2019

Maclay School's Journal of Creative Writing

On our title: We take the title of this journal from a novella of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The novella is an existential piece, written before Dostoyevsky's greatest works and before Existentialism had really taken root in literature. The unnamed narrator is frequently named an anti-hero and is described by the note on the back of the Dover edition as a "profoundly alienated individual in whose brooding self-analysis there is a search for the true and the good in a world of relative values and few absolutes." The novella opens with the words "I am a sick man." This is not to say that Dostoyesky's novellas are about art and darkness but rather that this novella and art confront darkness. The powers that be don't like this, but art endures and fights on.

Anthologies (non-poetry)
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David Low
Mark Scott

Mark Scott is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and has a distinguished record in public service, education and the media. Initially a teacher and education policy adviser, Mark enjoyed a long career in journalism. He was Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax newspapers and then Managing Director of the ABC from 2006 to 2016.

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