This Is Not A Love Story


When a woman stops feeling the emotions we tend to associate with being in love, she needs to talk with her husband. But that can’t happen until the novelist starts to write.



The work is a thesis novel combining a creative and exegetical exploration into the nature of love, the process of writing a novel about love, and the potential for the novel itself to help us interrogate what love is and what love means.

The work was written under the supervision of Professor Brian Castro and submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing awarded by the University of Adelaide in 2016.

Philosophy of Love

“To make room for love stories,” writes Martha Nussbaum, “philosophy must be more literary, more closely allied to stories, and more respectful of mystery and open-endedness.”


The work is executed in three parts named after three “memos” written by Italo Calvino on the qualities a writer should embrace. Each part is framed by a summary of the memo and a brief exegetical response to guide the reader. In “Multiplicity,” the project of discovery is introduced, but Author, overwhelmed, cannot write the story. In “Visibility,” Novelist arrives to help Author write the couple’s dialogue and get the story going. In “Exactitude,” Woman and Man, now estranged, write letters contemplating love’s nature from their own particular perspective.

The Play

In an attempt to bring characters to life and to hear them speak authentic dialogue, I workshopped some of the novel’s scenes on the stage.

From a reading at World Bar, Bayswater Road, Kings Cross, 28 September 2015.

Read review of this performance here.

There are interesting truths here about the nature of love. […] What does “falling in love” mean in this context? And what about “falling out of love”? Koromilas takes us on a thrilling ride as she explores these popular tropes in this knowing drama.

From a reading at the Beijing Bookworm, China

  • Author
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  • Rehearsal
  • Poster
Rehearsal, Beijing Bookworm
TNLS Poster, Beijing Bookworm

Programme Notes

From a reading in Bangkok, 8 October 2013


Years of philosophy about love


Billion stories written about love


Hours of the week I spend theorizing about love

What they say

“It is brilliant.”

An early comment from a supervisor.

“Koromilas is a talented writer, but this form (modernist or philosophical fiction) does not suit her talents.”

One of my examiners.

“Altogether, about 65 pages (out of 130) of the fiction features material that is well developed or promisingly poised. Unfortunately, the rest of the novel seems to me to be barely salvageable.”

Another of my examiners.

“Koromilas’ ambition is admirable and This is Not a Love Story is commendable in parts. Calvino’s “Invitation to Multiplicit is clear, well written, and purposefully reflective. The first “Professor” section is another highlight, with form and content nicely matched – it is stylistically and intellectually interesting, and the work of an accomplished and impassioned writer. The first “Doctor” section is refreshingly strange and troubling. The Woman section is promising – the opening passages are evocative and stylish – and the Woman and Man section, minus the reflexive interruptions, has moments of power. Woman’s letter is good; her direct appeal to the addressee and simple descriptions of feeling work well. Doctor’s letter is lively, providing much-needed spleen and amusement and Professor’s letter offers a solid point of view.”

An examiner.

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