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Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, December

Andrew McGahan's the White Earth and the Ecological Poetics of Memory
AS THE YEARS OF THE HOWARD LIBERAL GOVERNMENT have grown in number in Australia, the politics of land and of postcolonial relations have moved out of the limelight and into the shadows. Only five years after the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge march, where...
An Interview with Fu Hong
Fu Hong is a well-known Chinese-Australian artist. He has had thirty-two exhibitions held in Australia since his first arrival in 1990 and is now based in Melbourne.[This interview was conducted in Chinese in Melbourne, August 2005, and later translated...
A Quirky Look at Australia's Northern Neighbor
SOCIAL HISTORY A Quirky Look at Australia's Northern Neighbor John Mateer. Senior's Cave: An Indonesian Journal. Perth: Fremantle Arts Centre P, 2004. 334 pp. pbk $24-95. ISBN 1920731148),Nicholas BirnsThe New SchoolThe years since the 1998 resignation...
At Home with Homing In
LITERARY CRITICISM At Home with Homing In Bruce Bennett. Homing In: Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood. Perth: Curtin U of Technology P, 2006. 297pp. ISBN 19208452679Pradeep TrikhaDayanand College, India"In the international world we now inhabit,...
A Tight Circle
At my uncle's grave the undertakersask us to come in closer, form a tight circle.A big ask, for a family made straggly by grief.Some need distance from the hole.A stranger wearing an Essendon beaniestands close. Who does he belong to?The priest has a...
Australia's Past Infringes on the Present
ABORIGINAL STUDIES Australia's past infringes on the present John Muk Muk Burke and Martin Langford, eds. Ngara: Living in this Place Now. Parkville: Five Islands Press, 2004. 187 pp. RRP 21.95. ISBN 1741280702Marilyn StrelauSimsbury High School, Simsbury,...
Belgian Settings and Colonialism in Conrad and Malouf
THE BELGIAN SETTINGS OF THE EARLY PAGES OF Conrad's Heart of Darkness and that of David Malouf's short story, "The Sun in Winter," represent striking thematic similarities of history, time, civilization, and the decay of civilization. These similarities...
Bibliography of Australian Literature and Criticism Published in North America, 2005
The annual Antipodes bibliography attempts to provide a thorough listing of resources either published or distributed in North America during 2005 that focus on Australian literature or Australian authors. Since the bibliography concentrates primarily...
Closing the Spaces between Us
FICTION Closing the spaces between us Gail Jones. Dreams of Speaking. Australia: Random House, 2006. 214 pp. A$32.95. ISBN 1-74166-522-1.Katherine MulcroneFairbanks, AKIn Dreams of Speaking, Gail Jones allows her characters and her story to float about...
Creatively Imagining the Maohi Woman's Experience
FICTION Creatively Imagining the Maohi Woman's Experience Célestine Hitiura Vaite. Frangipani. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2004. 295 pp. n.p. ISBN 1-920885-33-1AnnaMarie ChristiansenBrigham Young University-HawaiiIt is, indeed, a hopeful time in Pacific...
Dionysius Sings a Tourist's Song in Strange Lands
POETRY Dionysius sings a tourist's song in strange lands B. R. Dionysius. Universal Andalusia. Brisbane: Papertiger Media, 2006. 179pp. A$24.95. ISBN 0-9579411-2-9Michael SaribanBrisbane, QueenslandJet travel and a turbo-charged tourist market have made...
Going Bush: Performing the Pastoral in Peter Carey's Bliss
A COMMON AUSTRALIANISM, THE VERB "TO GO BUSH", can be used in many ways. The Australian Oxford Dictionary (hereafter AOD) offers diverging but limited definitions: "to go bush" means to "leave one's usual surroundings; run wild" ("bush"). Neither meaning...
Into the Light
A T THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER A GREAT SANDY TONGUE SLURPS OUT INTO THE SEA EAGER TO LAP UP the water heaving and roiling around. That's where I fish. On the end of the tongue. I sit so still dotterels with speedy legs, as if God has put them into permanent...
Lucky Strike
They called him Lucky Strike-and hewas happy in this work;never went for much promotionbut wasn't one to shirk.Lucky in his friends as well;he liked his deep-sea fishing;never had a boat capsizeor had a mate go missing.And afterwards, against the bar,he'd...
Marion Campbell's "True Fiction"
FICTION Marion Campbell's "true fiction" Marion May Campbell, The Shadow Thief. Canberra: Pandanus Boob, 2005 365 pp. ISBN 1-74076-189-8, A$ 27.23.Nicholas BirnsThe New SchoolMarion Campbell became widely known in the early 1990s as one of the more innovative...
Market Economy and the Abolition of Singularity in Elliot Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity
INTRODUCTION: THE QUESTION OF TECHNIQUEPERLMAN'S SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY COULD BE READ as a sequel to his award-winning novel Three Dollars. Both works of fiction attempt to depict the social, cultural, and economic state of contemporary Australian...
McCann Rejects Mainstream Australian Literature
FICTION McCann Rejects Mainstream Australian Literature A. L. McCann. Subtopia. Carlton North: The Vulgar Press, 2005. 280 pp. A$29.95. ISBN 0-9580795-6-0Nathanael O'Reilly, Albion College and Western Michigan UniversityAndrew McCann is an Australian...
Multi-Nationality and Layers of Mouse in Peter Carey's the Unusual Life of Tristan Smith
IN INSIDE THE MOUSE, JANE KUENZ QUOTES AN INTERviewee who tells the story of "the first Mickey Mouse," the first man hired to wear a mouse suit at Disney World. He has been assigned elsewhere in the company because he has a bad skin problem. He has cancer...
New Narrative, Old Story
FICTION New Narrative, Old Story Kate Grenville. The secret River. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2005. 334 pp. A$39.95 ISBN 1 920885 75 7Richard CarrUniversity of Alaska-FairbanksThe Secret River comes with a formidable array of plaudits. It won the 2006...
Nhill
As I had hoped, when we arrived at the lake we were the only people there. Neither of us had seen any other cars at the place where the road ended and the desert began. Yet perhaps there was another way in we didn't know about; or somebody had decided...
Philosophy Underlies a Hero's Tragic Journey
FICTION Philosophy underlies a hero's tragic journey Peter Kocan. Fresh Fields. Sydney: HarperCollins, 2004- 373 pp. n.p. ISBN 0-7322-7985-2Steve GoergerMissouri State UniversityAt a certain level of abstraction, Peter Kocan's Fresh Fields reminds one...
Poet Examines the Myths and Realities of Person and Place
POETRY Poet examines the myths and realities of person and place John Tranter. Urban Myths: 201 Poems, New and Sekcted. Queensland: U of Queensland P, 2006. 321 pp. A$26.95. ISBN 0-7022-3557-1Kevin PetersUniversity of Alaska-FairbanksTo a certain extent,...
Sheep and Contradiction Define Colonial Australia
FICTION Sheep and contradiction define colonial Australia Roger McDonald. The Ballad of Desmond Kale. Sydney: Vintage, 2005. 638 pp. A$32.95. ISBN 1-74166-114-5Seth MyersSanta Clara, CAA story of theft, manipulation, love affairs, shipwreck, and sheep,...
Spa Town
When he thinks of Spa Town he pictures a grid of streets, spa pools out the front of each house, neighbors calling and waving to each other from their bubbling vats. Neighbors who are Queensland-holiday tanned with yellow hair (rust yellow in the front...
Suckling from the Crocodile's Tit: Wildlife and Nation Formation in Australian Narratives
"IT'S EASY TO COME UNGLUED IN A REMOTE AREA1": CONSTRUCTING A NATIONAL IDENTITY IN AUSTRALIAIN HIS INTRODUCTION TO NATIONALISM, COLONIALISM, and Literature, Seamus Deane suggests that to escape the ethnic stereotyping created under colonialism, Irish...
Tarzan in Oz
Johnny Weissmuller-Tarzan to youwould slip the knife back into his belt &thump his chest & holler like crazy & allus boys just idolized him & god knowswhat the girls thought. Johnny Weismuller,Olympic champ, still this side of flabonly...
The Historical Blends with the Personal
ABORIGINAL STUDIES The historical blends with the personal Katrina M. Schlunke. Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre. Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre P, 2005. 268 pp. A$29.95. ISBN 1-92073-171-7Eve LambornLaramie, WYAlong the New England Highway...
The History Wars and Holy Day (the Red Sea): Andrew Bovell's Dramatic Black Armband
AUSTRALIA'S CONCERN ABOUT THE PROPER RELATIONship between its present and its past has produced a variety of cultural skirmishes known as "the history wars," a term taken from the title of a book edited by Edward T. Linenthal and Tom Engelhardt dealing...
Themes of Earthly Life and Death
FICTION Themes of earthly life and death Margo Lanagan. black juice. Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2004. 222 pp. A$17.95. ISBN 0-86508-826-9Joseph MosesUniversity of MinnesotaLanagan's ten stories take the shape of fiction but delight with an intensity...
The Two Threads of a Life: Judith Wright, the Environment and Aboriginality
DARK-SKINNED OLD MEN, WHIRLWINDS OF DESTRUCTION, AND A COUNTRY DESPOILEDAT THE CLOSE OF HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY HALF A Lifetime, Judith Wright offers an apology to indigenous Australians for the inequities and bloodshed of colonization: "To all of the peoples...
Voice Over: The Vocal Art of Subterfuge
COMMERCIAL RADIO: WHORlSH HANDMAIDEN TO THE record industry. Just as DJs are groupies to rock stars and the record industry-so too are sound engineers record industry "drones" and occasional groupies to DJs. The frustrated record producer and failed...
Wilding Revisits Career in the Latest of His Memoirs of the Writing Life
CREATIVE NONFICTION Wilding Revisits Career in the Latest of His Memoirs of the Writing Life Michael Wilding. Wild Amazement. Rockhampton, Qsld: Central Queensland UP (Outback Books), 2006. 175 pp. n.p. ISBN 1 876780 83 5Don GrahamUniversity of TexasMichael...
Willa Cather and Patrick White
WHITE VISITED AMERICA IN 1939, HOPING TO FIND a publisher for Happy Valley. During the course of his stay, he spent three weeks in New Mexico, with the intention of making a son of pilgrimage to the shrine of D. H. Lawrence near Taos. In Taos he met...
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