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Ian Hobson (also writing as Ian Irvine) is an Australian-based, UK born, novelist, poet and nonfiction writer. His work has featured in many print and online publications, both in Australian and internationally and has also been anthologized nationally by Black Ink Books, Australia (in their annual 'Best Australian Poems' anthology) and by Agenda (UK) (in their 'Contemporary Australian Poets' anthology of 2005). More recently his work appeared in the monumental Fire (UK) 'Special International Edition' of March 2008-a global anthology of poetry by leading contemporary, modernist and cannonized poets from over 60 nations. Ian holds a PhD for his work on the phenomena of chronic ennui and alienation in European literature, philosophy and psychology. For the past nine yars he has taught in and coordinated the Professional Writing and Editing program at BRIT, Bendigo. He has also taught History and Contemporary Social Theory at La Trobe University, Australia. Current projects (2008) include a nonfiction book on creativity, a second novel and a poetry collection inspired by alchemy and post-structuralism. In recent years he has also been working to develop a new poetics 'transpersonal-relational poetics' based upon combining insights drawn from Transpersonal Psychology (epecially Grof and the post-Jungians), LANGUAGE poetry, and Relational-Cultural Psychology (with its theory of intersecting oppression). A central theme in his work is a critique of the authoritarianism implicit to a range of ideologies, religions, and economic formations (including contemporary global capitalism based as it is on Neo-Liberal theorising). His work also explores the cost to individuals and the ecosystem of oppressive social and cultural structures. He is also interested in exploring a possible role for creativity and the arts at this particular moment of our world-wide species evolution/devolution. Recent Journal Publications include: Envoi (UK), The Seventh Quarry (UK), Penine Platform (U
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (September 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595290167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595290161
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,007,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I empathised with the main character of this book - Samuel Elmsmore. His plight seems to me to represent the plight of many middle income Australian men. After reading the book I found that I viewed my country's prevailing 'myths'- that we're the 'Lucky Country' and are 'MultiCultural and Egalitarian' - from a very different perspective. I was especially interested in the way everyday life is compromised by the way that we're encouraged to submit to and live within a globalised corporate view of life. These days this worldview is sold to us with a thin veneer of Australiana. Scratching the veneer - as this book does - leaves a lasting impression on the reader's psyche. A disturbing but ultimately liberating book!
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