Anthony Macris is the author of the Capital novels (UWAP). His autism memoir, When Horse Became Saw (Viking), was shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. He is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Professor Anthony Uhlmann is Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. His most recent book is Thinking in Literature (Continuum).


Perception and sensation in the Capital novels

Representing the city in literature.

The city has always been a dominant theme, setting, and field of signification in the novel, particularly in contemporary novels that engage with modernist and postmodernist traditions. This interview/essay presents recent findings in both literary theory and novelistic practice that explore how the city can be represented in literary form. In it novelist Anthony Macris and theorist Anthony Uhlmann use a methodological framework informed by perception, sensation and the real in a discussion of Macris’ Capital novels.