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I’m a man

Jowita Bydlowska examines toxic masculinity in her debut novel

EDITOR'S CHOICE

PHOTOGRAPH BY RUSSELL SMITH

Guy

Jowita Bydlowska

Buckrider Books/Wolsak and Wynn

THIS MONTH’S tempest in a literary teapot comes courtesy of Lionel Shriver, who stirred up controversy with her keynote address to the Brisbane Writers Festival. Charged with speaking on the subject of “community and belonging,” Shriver instead launched into a full-throated condemnation of identity politics, with a particular focus on appropriation of voice in fiction. Novelists, Shriver argued, should be free to write from any perspective and in the voice of any character they desire; differences in gender, ethnicity, culture, or class should in no way prevent authors from adopting the voices of others.

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