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Rogue Intensities
Angela Rockel

Paperback / softback $26.99 - UWA Publishing
Biography & Memoir - Published: 1/Oct/2019 - ISBN: 9781760800994

Rogue Intensities is a memoir grounded in Tasmania,
with a richness of storytelling which emerges from the space between human,
nature and environmental threads. It manages to straddle the intimate and the
universal with ease a great deal of delight. The exploration of the Australian
landscape through prose is a core tenet of Australian literature and the UWAP
has been successful in finding a shining example of this in Rogue intensities.
This work successfully adds to this canon in a way that extends it and enriches
writing alongside it.

'Rogue Intensities is an uncannily timely work, its aesthetic
achievement is deeply embedded in urgent concerns of our current moment. It breaks
down the artificial divisions between science, art, creative production and
history to forge an original perspective and a model of connection between the
creative processes of nature, knowledge and writing. Angela manages to create
intimacy with the elements of the observable world and with experiences through
a careful detachment, which is akin to scientific record. Rogue Intensities engages
the reader with what Hayden White termed the great `pleasure of information'
about creatures, the atmosphere, the weather, landscape, seasons, as they are encountered
in everyday life. There is a great joy in this text of discovery - as if writer
and reader were encyclopaedists who have been granted permission to wonder at
the world. I know of no other contemporary text that does this.' - Associate
Professor Elizabeth McMahon, UNSW

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