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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, June

19th-Century Rational Thought Confines Man to Body
FICTION 19th-century rational thought confines man to body James Bradley. The Resurrectionist. Sydney: Picador, 2006. 333 pp. A$22.95. ISBN O 330 42283 9James Bradley's The Resurrectionist is a novel about an orphan, apprentice anatomist, visual artist,...
A 1984 for Our Time
FICTION A 1984 for our time Andrew McGahan. Underground. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2006. 314 pp. A$22.95. ISBN 978-1-74175-330-1The protagonist of Andrew McGahan's novel, Underground is blithely unequivocal about his unscrupulous behavior. Leo James,...
A Glimpse Inside the Littoral
LITERARY CRITICISM A glimpse inside the littoral C. A. Cranston and Robert Zeller, eds. The Littoral Zone: Australian Contexts and their Writers. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007. 319 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-90-420-2218-8Cranston and Zeller remind readers in their...
Along the Border between Passion and Obsession
FICTION Along the border between passion and obsession Janette Turner Hospital. Orpheus Lost. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2007. 358 pp. $24.95. ISBN 978-0-393-06552-7.Throughout her work, Janette Turner Hospital pays great attention to the ever-shifting...
"An Intelligent Conversation of a Structured Kind" with Antoni Jach
Born in Melbourne in 1956 of Polish and Australian descent, ANTONI JACH has authored three published novels: The Weekly Card Game (1994), The Layers of the City (1999), and the recently published Napoleon's Double (2007). His first and fourth novels,...
A Novel of Interpersonal Intrigue
FICTION A novel of interpersonal intrigue Christopher Koch. The Memory Room. Vintage Books, Australia/USA. $32.95. ISBN 978-1-74166-730-1Some people are born to lead, some are born to serve, and others still are apparently born to spy. Such is the world...
A Remarkable Meditation on How We Manage to Exist
FICTION A remarkable meditation on how we manage to exist Deborah Robertson. Careless. Sydney: Picador, 2007. 294 pp. A$22.95. ISBN 978-0-330-42313-7The one aspect that feels wrong about Deborah Robertson's novel Careless is its paradoxical title-it...
A Search for Self in the Outback
FICTION A search for self in the Outback Peter Carey. His Illegal Self. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. 272 pp. $24.95. ISBN 978-0-307-28372-8Peter Carey's fiction has always demonstrated a keen sensitivity towards perceptions of Australia, both within...
A View from the Orient Hotel: Phobias, Federation, and Albert Dorrington's Asia-Pacific Nightmares
AS DEMANDS FOR FEDERATION AND MORE EFFECTIVE LOCAL government gathered force during the 1890s, so debate increased about prospective national identity and the forms that might be assumed by the Coming Man and the New Woman. The Bulletin projected its...
Cartographic Conspiracies: Maps, Misinformation, and Exploitation in Peter Carey's "American Dreams"
IF, AS DENIS WOOD ARGUES IN THE POWER OF MAPS, "POWER is the ability to do work" (1 ), then this is precisely what maps do: they work. Wood posits that maps "work" in at least two different senses. Firstly, "they operate effectively. They work, that...
Chicken
Later, as we were being suspended from school,we were instructed to consult our consciences"If you ever mean to return to this place...."The dark hallway ran with outlandish rumorsof our expertise, who had disabledthe History Teacher's scooter. Where...
Great Stories Struggle under Weight of Narrator
MEMOIR Great stories struggle under weight of narrator Barry Heard. The View from Connor's Hal. Canton North: Scribe, 2007. 258 pp. N.P. ISBN 978-1-921-21548-3Barry Heard's second memoir, The View from Connor's HiU, takes the reader on a bumpy ride through...
I'm Beginning to See the Light: Poems of Darkness and Enlightenment
POETRY I'm beginning to see the light: poems of darkness and enlightenment Brook Emery. Uncommon Light. Carlton: Five Islands Press, 2007. 72 pp. A$21.95. ISBN 978-0-734-03762-6More than 1600 years ago, Augustine wrote his Confessions and arguably invented...
Mystery Man
Like the Crimson Pirate or the Scarlet PimpernelLike the Cisco Kid or the Lone RangerLike Zorro and Batman as wellLike Count Dracula and every sexy strangerLike the alien in The Day the Earth Stood StiuYou've always been there and you always willYou're...
One Day in the Life of Vicki Viidikas
A SHARP DEFLECTION OF THE GIN GLASS SLASHED ACROSS MY KNUCKLES. Four little red crescents. Four neat, upturned cuts bright as smiles. The day had started out as these things do-pleasantly enough, in a couple of the Newtown pubs: The Courthouse, comer...
Our Friend from Sydney: A Celebration of the Work and Career of Brian Kiernan
BRIAN KlERNAN WAS ONE OF THE PIONEERING SCHOLARS OF AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE at a time when there was little interest in the subject in Australian universities. During a long and distinguished career, he contributed books and articles on a wide range of...
Politics and Spying: Representations of Pre- and Early Australia
IINTERNATIONAL MEN (AND OCCASIONALLY WOMEN) OF mystery permeate the dreaming about and discovery of the country we now call Australia and its early development as a series of colonies of Britain. Indeed, since the European maritime explorations into...
Real Estate
II don't like castles. I saw too muchof walls and towers as a child.The bus would rattle past BluestoneCollege, the passengers' eyes indifferentor averted. Behind my hair, I'd stare-thatclump of stones calling like a car wreck.What did I expect? An arrowed...
Snapshot of the Australian Poetry Scene
POETRY Snapshot of the Australian poetry scene John Tranter, ed. The Best Australian Poetry 2007. St. Lucia: U of Queensland P, 2007. 101 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-0-7022-3607-5As editor John Tranter notes, any claim to represent the "best" of the poetic output...
Stories Upset the Sense of Self and Security
FICTION Stories upset the sense of self and security Paul Mitchell. Dodging the Bull. Wakefield Press, 2007. 150pp. A$22.95. ISBN 978-1-862-54749-0Dodging the Bull is the latest collection of short stories by Australian writer Paul Mitchell. Previous...
Strong Stories and the Short Short's Shortcomings
FICTION Strong stories and the short short's shortcomings Sylvia Fetter. Bock Burning. Brisbane: Interactive Press, 2007.144 pp. A$28. ISBN 9781876819422Although readers often describe a good book as one they couldn't put down or that they read in a...
Superfluous Men
HENRY SAT IN THE GOLDEN BOWL AND COMPLAINED AT his neglect by the university now he had taken early retirement."A relief, I would have thought," said Pawley. "Last thing I want is the university messing with my life now I'm out of there."He had gone...
"The Arts of Gain": Usury and Substance in Elizabeth Jolley's the Newspaper of Claremont Street
THE PRIMARY EFFECT OF ELIZABETH JOLLEY'S NOVEL THE Newspaper of Claremant Street is a denial of any lasting Aboriginal presence on Australian land. It produces this effect by "filling the space" of potential Aboriginality with a universalized presentation...
The Real Life of Ern Malley
(poems found among the papers of the lamented water)1The silent work of uneventful daysburst on the world that dismal afternoon.Max and his crowd had their funny ways.I at least knew how to sing in tune.I needed my revenge. I was ignored.My good work...
Thieves' Tale Admits No Mercy
FICTION Thieves' tale admits no mercy Chris Womersley. The Low Road. Melbourne: Scribe, 2007. 280 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-1-921215-47-6An absorbing and unflinching look into a more private, personal side of the criminal underworld, Chris Womersley's The Low...
This Is What I Remember as Love
Our love I remember when it was still love,and could fill our days with amber.Our love I remember as a jumpy mattressspread diagonally across an emaciated roomwith a too-high ceiling and hungry acoustics.I remember it felt like the Woodstockwe had never...
Three for Emma
The Silver TeaspoonFor want of a spoonshe bent too low,for want of sightshe fell on her wrist,for want of strengthshe snapped the wrist.For want of a wristshe lost what it takes,for want of thatshe lost her home,for want of homeshe lost her willand wanting...
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