This is the fortieth annual bibliography to be published in Australian Literary Studies. Primarily devoted to substantial commentaries useful to criticism and scholarship, the series aims to provide as complete a listing as possible of books and articles on Australian literature. It also lists selectively material in the Australian studies area, and the more important reviews and introductions, studies of Australian language, and new books (with reviews of them) by contemporary writers whose work has attracted substantial discussion.
The newspaper sources for the selection of reviews are restricted to the weekend issues of the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Australian. Feature articles on authors and interviews from newspaper sources are not listed. Coverage of overseas reviews is restricted by accessibility. Some items omitted from previous annual bibliographies are included with the year given. For material outside the scope of the ALS 'Annual Bibliography', researchers are advised to consult the new database AustLit: Australian Literature Gateway (
Some authors are included for the first time in the Individual Authors section. Retrospective material on these authors will be added in the next updated edition of the ALS Guide to Australian Writers.
The bibliography draws on material from a variety of sources, including the University of Queensland's collections, the Australian National Bibliography, the MLA bibliography, AustLit: Australian Literature Gateway, and the annual bibliography in Antipodes for criticism published in North America. The compilers would like to thank the staff of the Fryer Library, University of Queensland, for their assistance, particularly in providing access to its collection. Our special thanks to Marianne Ehrhardt for careful proofreading and expert advice.
The following abbreviations are used: ABR Australian Book Review ADS Australasian Drama Studies AJPH Australian Journal of Politics and History ALS Australian Literary Studies A&R Angus & Robertson ASAL Association for the Study of Australian Literature BSANZ Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand JAS Journal of Australian Studies JCL Journal of Commonwealth Literature MUP Melbourne University Press OUP Oxford University Press SMH Sydney Morning Herald UQP University of Queensland Press WLWE World Literature Written in English
Aitken, Graeme, ed. The Penguin Book of Gay Australian Writing. Camberwell, Vic.: Penguin. Reviewed by S. Dow, SMH 26-27 Oct.: Spectrum 12; P. Porter, ABR 247 (Dec. 2002-Jan. 2003): 28.
Anderson, Hugh, ed. Australian Writing in China: Studies and Translations 1954-2000. Comp. Zhang Hongxia and Gao Jingjing. Rev. and extended edition of a 1989 publication. Hotham Hill, Vic.: Red Rooster.
'Annual Bibliography of Commonwealth Literature 2000: Australia.' Comp. Van Ikin and Darren Jorgensen. JCL 36.3 (2001): 5-37.
'Annual Bibliography of Studies in Australian Literature: 2001.' Comp. Carol Hetherington and Irmtraud Petersson. ALS 20.3: 249-70.
Arnold, John, and John Hay, eds. The Bibliography of Australian Literature A-E. Comp. Sally Batten, Kerry Kilner, Terence O'Neill, and Christopher Wood. Kew, Vic.: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2001. Reviewed by L. Hergenhan, Quadrant 46.12: 59-63 (review article); L. Sussex, BSANZ Bulletin 26.1: 57-59; [Unsigned] Margin 56: 33; E. Webby, ALS 20.4: 399-400. See also letter by John Arnold in response to J. Hooton's review (ABR 237 : 34-35): ABR 238: 6.
Atkinson, Alan. 'The World Laid Open: Writing and Technological Change.' ABR 241 (May): 41-44.
Australian Cultural History 21. Special issue titled 'To the Islands: Australia and the Caribbean', containing a range of articles in the field of cross-cultural studies, including the following: Russell McDougall, 'Australia and the Caribbean' 1-15, notes 108-12; Brigitta Olubas, 'Paradoxes of Non-Existence: Questions of Time, Metaphor and the Materialities of Cultural Traditions in Wilson Harris's Discussion of Australian Literary Texts' 81-88, notes 122; Sue Thomas, 'White Gothic in Jane Eyre, White Sargasso Sea, and [Barbara Hanrahan's] The Albatross Muff 89-96, notes 122-24; David Carter, 'Communism and Carnival: Ralph de Boissiere's Crown Jewel and Its Australian Context' 97-106, notes 124.
Ayres, Marie-Louise. 'Evaluating the Archives: 20th Century Australian Literature.' Archives and Manuscripts 29.2 (2001): 32-47. Discusses the development of archival collections in Australia.
--. 'National News.' ABR 243: 46-47. Discusses the establishment of the new literary database AustLit: Australian Literature Gateway. See also L. Hergenhan's review article under Arnold and Hay, above, for comment.
Bader, Rudolf, Boris Braun, and Adi Wimmer, eds. Vergangenheit und Zukunft in Australien-Hypotheken und Chancen: Australia's Legacy of the Past--Burdens and Opportunities for the Future. Koalas 5. Tubingen: Stauffenburg. Includes the following papers: Frank Di Marco, 'Empirismus, Kolonialismus, Imperialismus: Ihre Rezeption im zeitgenossischen australischen Roman' [reception of colonialism and imperialism in contemporary Australian novels] 13-24; Gerhard Leitner, 'Varietatenkontakt: Der amerikanische Einfluss auf das australische Englisch' [American influence on Australian English] 83-100.
Ballyn, Susan, Geoff Belligoi, Kathy Firth, Elisa Morera de la Vail, and Bill Phillips, eds. Changing Geographies: Essays on Australia. Barcelona: Centre d'Estudis Australians, Universitat de Barcelona, 2001. This selection of conference papers includes creative writing and essays from a wide range of disciplines, including the following contributions: John Barnes, 'Lost Horizon: Australian Reflections on the Global Village' 43-57 (includes discussion of Les Murray's work); Elisa Morera de la Vall, 'The Unchanged Landscape' 73-80 (discusses contributions of Jewish immigrants to Australia); Maureen Lynch Percopo, 'Changing Forms, Changing Voices: The Geography of "Eliza Fraser"' 81-96 (includes discussion of Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves); Paloma Fresno Calleja, 'Ania Walwicz: Mapping Australia's Changing Geography on the Page' 193-202; Stella Borgk Barthet, 'The Shape of Indeterminacy in Patrick White's Fringe of Leaves and David Malouf's Remembering Babylon' 203-10; Maria Panarello, 'Changing Places: Character and Landscape in D.H. Lawrence's Kangaroo' 221-33; Roberta Buffi, 'Urban Geographies on the Threshold of the New Millennium: Representation of the City in Janine Burke, Beverley Farmer and Drusilla Modjeska's Narratives' 235-44; Karin Hansson, 'Gerald Murnane's Changing Geographies' 245-57; Carol Merli, 'No Place Like Home: Living on the Edge of Oceania' 259-67 (includes brief discussion of Barbara Hanrahan's The Frangipani Gardens and Thea Astley's A Boat Load of Home Folk); Xavier Pons, 'Erotic Writing in Australia: Then and Now' 269-77.
Bardolph, J., ed. Telling Stories: Postcolonial Short Fiction in English. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001. Includes the following articles on Australian literature: Xavier Pons, 'Weird Tales: Peter Carey's Short Stories' 391-407; William H. New, 'Henry Lawson's "Hungerford"' 409-17; Peter O. Stummer, 'The Uneasy Gaze of Secondary Hegemony: The Construction of Africa and New Guinea in [Ron] Shaw and [Trevor] Shearston' 419-26; Dieter Riemenschneider, 'The Triangle of Art and Life: Michael Wilding, Story Writer' 427-38.
Batchelor, Donald. 'Political Manoeuvring behind the Scenes: The Development of the National Theatre Idea in Australia during the 1940s.' ADS 40: 58-73.
Benis, Toby R. 'Criminal Transport: George Barrington and the Colonial Cure.' ALS 20.3: 167-77. See also Rickard, Suzanne, below.
Benjamin, Andrew, Tony Davies, and Robbie B.H. Goh, eds. Postcolonial Cultures and Literatures: Modernity and the (Un)Commonwealth. American University Studies: Series 3, Comparative Literature 61. New York: Peter Lang. Includes the following contributions of Australian interest: Julie K. Eberly, 'Reading the Motif of Captivity: Fragmentation or Unity in Remembering Babylon'; Axel Kruse, 'Patrick White's Early Work: An Introduction to a Literary Puzzle'.
Bennett, Bruce. Australian Short Fiction: A History. St Lucia, Qld: UQP. Reviewed by G. Jones, TLS 1 Nov.: 28; A. Peek, Island 90: 51-53.
--. 'The Spaces Between: Regionalism and Literary History.' Perspectives on Post-Colonial Literature. Ed. D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke. London: Skoob, 2001. 104-13.
'Bibliography of Australian Literature and Criticism Published in North America: 2000-2001.' Comp. Faye Christenberry. Antipodes 16.1: 103-19.
Bird, Delys, Robert Dixon, and Christopher Lee, eds. Authority and Influence: Australian Literary Criticism 1950-2000. St Lucia, Qld: UQP, 2001. Collection of critical writing. Reviewed by N. Moore, ALS 20.3: 272-73.
Bonyhady, Tim, and Tom Griffiths, eds. Words for Country: Landscape & Language in Australia. Sydney: U of New South Wales P. Collection of essays exploring the relationship between texts and environmental perceptions of place. Reviewed by P. Christoff, Age 27 Apr.: Saturday Extra 8.
Bouvier, Skye, et al. eds. In a Cool Blue Light. Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Halstead. Collection of new short fiction. Reviewed by A. Peek, Island 90:51-53.
Brewster, Anne, Angeline O'Neill, and Rosemary van den Berg, eds. Those Who Remain Will Always Remember: An Anthology of Aboriginal Writing. Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Arts Centre P, 2000. Reviewed by T. Goldie, Ariel 32.2: 186-89.
Brook, Scott. '"Does anybody know what happened to 'fictocriticism'?": Toward a Fractal Genealogy of Australian Fictocriticism.' Cultural Studies Review 8.2: 104-18.
Burrows, Toby. 'Using Encoded Archival Description with Manuscript Collections: The Guide to Australian Literary Manuscripts.' Archives and Manuscripts 30.2: 82-95. The Guide to Australian Literary Manuscripts is a database which provides access to the contents of more than eight literary manuscript collections in Australian libraries. Burrows' article looks at the methodologies employed in developing it.
Buzo, Alexander. 'Reggie Vee Is Alive: Regional Variation in Australasian English.' Quadrant 46.1-2 (Jan.-Feb.): 68-71. Includes discussion of literary representations of Australian accents and language usage.
Canadian Children's Literature/Litterature Canadienne pour la jeunesse 104 (27.4): 2001. In English and French. Special issue. Includes the following contributions: Clare Bradford, '"Worth in the Telling": Tales of Trauma in Australian Aboriginal Narratives' 8-25; Rosemary Ross Johnston, 'The Sense of "Before Us": Landscape and the Making of Mindscapes in Recent Australian Children's Books' 26-46; Carole H. Carpenter, 'Reflections on Australian Children's Literature: An Interview with Maurice Saxby' 47-60.
Carlyon, Les. 'The Lore Makers.' Bulletin 5 March: 32-36. Discusses fiction of the Bulletin school.
Carr, Julie E. The Captive White Woman of Gippsland: In Pursuit of the Legend. Carlton South, Vic.: MUP, 2001. For contents see ALS Annual Bibliography 2001. Reviewed by K. Darian-Smith, Australian Historical Studies 33.119: 216-17; J. Kelly, Antipodes 16.1: 95-96; P. Stephenson, JASAL 1: 84-86; C. Twomey, Lilith 10 (2001): 184-85.
Carter, David. 'Going, Going, Gone?: Britishness and Englishness in Contemporary Australian Culture.' Overland 169: 81-86.
Collier, Gordon, and Frank Schulze-Engler, eds. Crabtacks: Progress and Process in Teaching the New Literatures in English. Amsterdam: Rodopi. Includes the following contributions: Carole Ferrier, '"A Whole Other Story Vibrating within It": Some Approaches to "New Literatures"' 111-40; Geoffrey V. Davis, '"The Country We Might Have Been": The Experience of War in Canadian and Australian Literature' 283-304.
Collins, Tim. 'Poetry--The Rubic's [sic] Cube of Australian Literature.' LiNQ 29.1: 32-38. Discusses Five Islands Press New Poets Series 8; Wagtail poetry magazine issues 1 & 2, and Papertiger: New World Poetry (on CDROM) issue 1.
Cormick, Craig. 'Irrelevant or Just Unfashionable?' Muse 222 (October): 6. On the present situation with regard to publishing and marketing Australian short stories.
Craven, Peter, ed. The Best Australian Stories 2001. Melbourne: Black Inc, 2001. Reviewed by J. Chimonyo, SMH 16-17 Feb.: Spectrum 10-11; H. McPhee, ABR 238:18-19 (see also Craven's reply in ABR 239: 6, and McPhee's and R. Flanagan's responses in ABR 240: 6); N. Walker, TLS 31 May: 21.
--, ed. The Best Australian Essays 2002. Melbourne: Black Inc. Reviewed by S. Caterson, Age 21 Dec.: Saturday Extra 8.
--, ed. The Best Australian Stories 2002. Melbourne: Black Inc. Reviewed by S. Caterson, Age 21 Dec.: Saturday Extra 8.…