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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, June

A Critical Life: An Interview with Laurie Clancy
Laurie Clancy (1942-2010) was a leading, too unheralded, Australian writer and academic. Clancy's first novel was A Collapsible Man (1975), which was followed by Perfect Love (1983), The Wild Life Reserve (1994)- an admirable attempt at an Australian...
A Literary Visit to the USA: A Memoir
WHILE THE VISIT TO THE US THAT I AM RECALLING TOOK place some time ago, in 1968, I have shaped my reminiscences to express more than a personal interest, hoping to throw some light on the development of American involvement in Australian literary studies...
An Interview with Tim Winton
Bom in Western-Australia in 1960, Tim Winton ¿s a prolific Australian author who is actively involved in the Australian environmental movement. From novels to short stories and criticism, his work shows an interest in the coastal and rural places in...
A Non-Magical, Non-Mystery Tour
FICTION A Non-Magical, Non-Mystery Tour Michael Wilding. TKe Magic of it. Melbourne: Arcadia, 2011. 344 ppg. $A24.95. ISBN 978-1-9218-7537-3The first problem of The Magic of it is its title: though the book bats around notions of mysticism at length,...
A Portrait of Post-War Melbourne
FICTION A Portrait of Post-War Melbourne Steven Carroll. Spirit of Progress. Sydney: Fourth Estate, 2011. 347 pp. A$29.95. ISBN 978-0-7322-0118-1After writing The Djst Life (2009), a novel about T S. Eliot set in England, Carroll has returned to his...
A Triumph from a Mature Voice
POETRY A triumph from a mature voice John Kinsella. 7am Tree Gully: Poems. New York: Norton, 2012. 157 pp. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-3933-4140-9Jam Tree Gully is a collection of poems poured together into a kind of memoir; it spans a year and is driven by observation...
A Writer Makes Notes on the Ark
The story of Noah's Ark is a tale of great transformations- from solid earth to unstable waters; from community to family; from freedom to loss and confinement; from social and biological complexity to the minimal existence of survivors. In simplified...
Between Australia and China
Between Australia and China Ouyang Yu. Loose: A Wild History. Kent Town, SA: Wakefield Press, 2011. 413 pp. A$32.95. ISBN 978-1-86254828-2With his genre-defying Loose: A Wild History, Ouyang Yu completes his YeIlow Town Trilogy. While partly the fictionalized...
Bibliography of Australian and New Zealand Literature and Criticism Published in North America, 2010-2011
The Antipodes bibliography attempts to provide a thorough listing of Australian and New Zealand literature either published in North America or reviewed in North American periodicals during 2010 and 2011. Every attempt is made to include creative works...
Big Father Is Watching You: A Postcolonial Reading of Peter Kocan's Total Institution Novellas
Born in 1947, Peter Kocan went down in the history of Australian fiction for having written a pair of companion novellas that are largely inspired from his experience as an inmate when he was incarcerated at Long Bay Correctional Center (Sydney) and...
Coleridge's Bucket List
The librarian leaned over and spoke slowly. "The Coleridge collection? Your card and papers please."A gloved hand waved Josie to a desk nearby, "You can wait over there." The dismissal hung in the air above the polished counter in the long clear light...
Dick the Poet: "Allegorical Tendencies" in Robbery under Arms
I thought I saw how stories of this kind could steal past a certain inhibition which had paralysed much of my own religion since childhood. [. . .] The whole subject was associated with lowered voices; almost as if it were something medical. But supposing...
Down There
Zenoish heaps of proffered birdseedon the grayed verandah raildrew first a dizzy young king parrot,or maybe prince,who nibbled from the hand.Then, later but pretty soon,seven rather noisycrimson rosellas winged into skirmish rustlingly over the foodfollowed...
Finding the Buddha
The front desk of the guesthouse was unattended. Empty drink bottles were stacked in crates against the wall for recycling. A large cockroach crawled beneath the peeling lino. Behind the counter was Mung's room, the entrance screened by strung wooden...
Hybridity, Power Discourse and Evolving Representations of Aboriginality (1970S-Today)
THIS ESSAY EXAMINES THE CHANCING ROLE PLAYED BY THE politicized concept of hybridity in filmic representations of Aboriginal identity over the past four decades. I have chosen to study three films- the first two because they directly address the concept...
In the Long Grass
The hair on my arm was closein the warm brick of the gaslight,a landscape seen at a distancefrom above. These hairs, tiny,sprung from their dark wells, an animal secret;a secret of creation,like how we do not knowhow our warm fluids can mix and make...
In Xanadu . . . a Stately Pleasure Dome
We've got five days to score. And we're here wasting time in a laundromat. I'm watching my clothes roll about in the Primus dryer at the Laundromat on Whyte St. Someone's told Firebug this is a good pick-up place. Ten minutes for a dollar. Firebug's...
Misdirection and the Power of the Story
FICTION Misdirection and the power of the story Michael Meehan. Below the Styx. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin, 2010. 277 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-1-7417-57804Michael Meehan's fourth novel presents the life of Martin Frobisher, a man who has been imprisoned for...
"More Blokes, More Bloody Water!": Tim Winton's Breath*
for Bruce BennettIn Tim Winton's short story, "Blood and Water," from the celebrated collection Minimum of Two (1987), the narrator experiences the fear and joy of birth, associating birth with the sacred and the ordeal baby Sam Nilsam has to undergo...
No Simple Passage: The Journey of the Ship London to New Zealand, 1842-A Ship of Hope
No Simple Passage: The Journey of the Ship London to New Zealand, 1842-A Ship of Hopeby Jenny Robin JonesJENNY Robin Jones is that rare writer with the ability to make the past come alive while still respecting its historicity. Her 2004 book Writers...
"Of Pain's Amalgam with Gold"
POETRY "Of pain's amalgam with gold" Francis Webb. Collected Poems. Toby Davidson, ed. Nedlands: U of Western Australia P, 2011. A$34.95. ISBN 978-17425-8268-9.The Australian Catholic poet Francis Webb (1925-1973) is considered by many of Australia's...
Patrick White: (Auto)Biography-A Veiled Confession?
Those who saw the man revealed in his fiction knew how clearly he recognized his own deep flaws. Now the time had come for confession without the disguises of fiction, and he went about it with a will- all the more so to satisfy himself that he was not...
Religion, Eroticism and Being's Continuity: A Reading of Kevin Hart in the Light of Bataille's Theory
IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT AUSTRALIAN POET KEVIN HART IS interested in the relationship of theology and deconstruction, and that he is sympathetic to theorists such as Emmanuel Lévinas, Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida, as well as to the dual tradition...
Samson and Bundi
I met Samson and Bundi at a garage sale in Albury. They arrived in a cherry-red Datsun station wagon and I watched from under the tin-roofed porch. They went to the furniture creating a curve at the rear of the lawn; torn wicker chairs, a cast-iron picnic...
Sexual Violation and the "Amoral" Woman in Aboriginal Verse
FOR MANY CONTEMPORARY INDIGENOUS WRITERS, POETRY constitutes a popular medium through which control over the construction of Aboriginal identities may be asserted. Adam Shoemaker's incisive contribution to the study of Aboriginal literature highlights...
Strange and Satisfying Stories from Suburbia
FICTION Strange and satisfying stories from suburbia Wayne Macauley. Other Stories. North Fitzroy: Black Pepper, 2010. 156 pp. N.P. ISBN: 978-1-876044664Australia, home to uniquely exotic animals and surreal landscapes, has an international reputation...
The Realization of Smallness
FICTION The Realization of Smallness Roger McDonald. When Colts Ran. Sydney: Vintage Books, 2010. A$ 19.00 (pbk). 346 pp. ISBN: 978-1-8647-1041-0On its surface, Roger McDonald's latest novel is a deceptively simple saga that chronicles the lives of several...
The Rhetoric of Personal Address in Michael Wilding's Short Fiction
"Back in London, where the English Enigma of Class presents itself once more."- Emma TennantMICHAEL WILDING'S PROLIFIC SHORT STORY OUTPUT, SPANning over forty years, employs numerous innovative techniques, including stream of consciousness, metafictional...
The Transnational Fantasy: The Case of James Cowan
RECENT CRITICISM HAS SEEN THE RISE OF AN APPROACH TO literature that views texts as products of "transnationalism," a move that arises from a growing sense that, in a global age, authors should not be bounded by the traditional limits of national culture....
Traveling through Verse
POETRY Traveling through Verse John Mateer. Southern Barbarians. Giramondo P, 2011. 95 pp. ISBN 978-19208-8258-7John Mateer's Southern Barbarians is more than a collection of travel-based poems, though this book is a fine example of travel writing at...
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