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Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, December

A Clockwise Smile of the First Australian Nobel Prize Winner: Translating Patrick White
IT IS A TRUTH GENERALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AMONG TRANSLATORS that the time and effort they put into translation generally go unappreciated by both the professional critics and wider readership. Not many bother to look at the name of the translator, let alone...
A History of Books
FICTION The image-life of some or another image-person Gerald Murnane. A History of Books. Artarmon: Giramondo, 2012. 205 pp. $16. 95. ISBN 9781920882853A History of Books is not a continuous account of the books that have mattered to Murnane, a textual...
All That I Am
FICTION Former freedom fighters remember friendships Anna Funder. All That I Am. Victoria: Penguin, 2011. 363 PP. $22.95. ISBN: 9780143567516All That I Am, by Anna Funder, is an ambitious work of historical fiction that tells the story of a group of...
"Changed as to a Tiger": Considering the Wreck of the Batavia
WHEN THE SUN ROSE OVER THE HOUTMAN ABROLHOS archipelago eighty kilometers off the west coast of Australia on Friday, 12 June 1629, it revealed a man clinging to a bowsprit spar of a wrecked ship. Jeronimus Cornelisz had spent two days alone on the Batavia...
Christopher Brennan's "What Gems Chill Glitter Yon": An Exegesis and Justification
Poem 72 ("What gems chill glitter yon")' of Christopher Brennan's magnum opus Poems 1913, a livre composé of 105 individual poems, has drawn especially virulent responses from certain critics of his alleged impenetrability. Brennan's poetry admittedly...
Cumulus: Collected Poems
POETRY Spontaneous lines Robert Gray. Cumulus: Collected Poems. St. Kilda: John Leonard Press, 2012. 346 pp. n.p. ISBN: 9780980852356Perhaps you have seen the famous photograph taken in 1924 by the surrealist Man Ray, Le Violon d'Ingres (Ingres' Violin),...
Dislocation
FICTION Politics, performative law, and a want for justice Ian Callinan. Dislocation. Kew: Arcadia, 2012. 290 pp. n.p. ISBN: 9781921875380There are moments in Ian Callinan's Dislocation where legal justice collides with emotive morality, reminiscent...
Encroachment
Malcolm Travers was at wits' end. The St. Johns had been peaceful neighbors on the whole but last Christmas their hippy son-in-law gave them a set of wind chimes and now, whenever a breeze sprang up, Malcolm had to brace himself.It wasn't so bad during...
From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain 1820-2012
CRITICISM Blurring boundaries Bruce Bennett and Anne Pender. From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain 1820-2012. Clayton, Victoria: Monash U Publishing, 2013. 279 pp. n.p. ISBN 97819218677941.Full disclosure: I have the genuine honor to call...
Impact
I wouldn't have pulled back into the car park if there wasn't someone waiting for my spot. I looked in the rear-vision mirror, waited for the car to move on, and snatched at my handbag on the passenger seat. I glanced down to find a notebook and when...
Inspire and Expire: On Tim Winton's Breath
ESCAPING THE MUNDANEAs a retrospective tale, Breath opens with the narrator-protagonist, Bruce Pike (known as Pikelet) as a paramedic arriving at the scene where a teenage boy has hanged himself with autoasphyxiation. Unlike his younger colleague, with...
Kind Fire
im. Seamus HeaneyNot the digging of potatoesbut the forging of iron implementsproduced those shoulders andthe biceps I pressed-a boy's hand on the father's bulgea swelling roughly the same shapeas this hammer's headI still have, along with his chiselas...
Letters to the End of Love
FICTION Letters of love and loss reveal what cannot be said. Yvette Walker. Letters to the End of Love. Queensland: U of Queensland P, 2013. 241 pp. n.p. ISBN: 9780702249662.Yvette Walker's debut novel, Letters to the End of Love, takes up an ancient...
Men's Contradictory Experiences of Power in Nada Awar Jarrar's Dreams of Water
Nada Awar Jarrar was born in Beirut in 1958, and left Lebanon to go and live in Australia when the war broke out in Lebanon (1975-1990) She eventually came back to Lebanon in 1995 and has been living there ever since. She writes in English and belongs...
Mullumbimby
FICTION An exploration of love, land, and ancestors Melissa Lucashenko. Mullumbimby. St. Lucia: U of Queensland P, 2013. 284 pp. n.p. ISBN: 9780702239199Falling in love can be tricky business, especially when the backdrop for romance includes a 13-year-old...
Naming the Voids of Multiculturalism in "Biral Biral": A New Reading of the Poetry of Lionel Fogarty
Lionel Fogarty as a Poet of Identity and ExperimentAs one of Australia's most innovative, outspoken, and prolific Indigenous poets, Lionel Fogarty has been the subject of a great number of studies and analyses over the years, particularly since the publication...
Nharrungga Wargunni Bugi-Buggilu: A Journey through Narungga History
INDIGENOUS STUDIES It's not just where you dig, but how Skye Krichauff. Nharrungga Wargunni Bugi-buggilu: A Journey Through Narungga History. Moonta, S.A.: Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association, 2011. xii + 203 p. A$39.95 ISBN: 9781862549104Reflecting...
Night by Day
Against the night sky, the window shows himthe room he lives in. In one corner sits an old manthat once he thought to know. There's a world outsidewhere the weather spits its ice against the paneor the grit the wind carries. The figure looking outcan...
Prison without Walls: The Tasmanian Bush in Australian Convict Novels
POSTCOLONIAL LITERARY CRITICISM IN AUSTRALIA HAS WRITTEN about the bush for more than four decades, employing the term in the simplifying sense that it enjoys in colloquial Australian usage, where it "refers to pretty well all Australia except for the...
Sensible Shoes
Hearing the telephone ring, he dropped his suitcase on the doorstep. He thought: It is the instinct of the tribe to hold you back."You're still there?" He heard Carole's breathing on the line, a soft exhalation of hints and hurt."On my way out.""Are...
Shadows & Wings
FICTION A multilayered story of secrets, lies, and the haunting power of love and music Niki Tulk. Shadows & Wings. West New York: Small House Press, 2013. 396 pp. $14.95 ISBN: 9780985842802As early as the title page, Australian-born author Niki...
Silent Triumph of the Individual: Social Investigation through Empathy in Elliot Perlman's Three Dollars, Seven Types of Ambiguity, and the Street Sweeper
Regarding the pain of others |. . .| our failure is one of imagination, of empathy: we have failed to hold this reality in mind.-Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of OthersThe novels of Elliot Perlman encompass a wide variety of social observations and...
Sound and Music in the Works of Randolph Stow
MUSIC RESONATES THROUGH THE WORKS OF RANDOLPH STOW (1935-2010), with landscape, sounds, and words entwined across his elegant and lyrical output. Just as the author describes Shakespeare as having "words for every emotion" (Stow, A Haunted Land 41),...
The Daughters of Mars
FICTION It's about the women, too Thomas Keneally. The Daughters of Mars. North Sydney: Vintage, 2012. 589 pp. $33. ISBN 9781864712254"It's all about the men!" With that dismissive remark my mother tuned out the first night's airing of Ken Burns's 2007...
The Difficult Business of Writing: The Story of Return to Coolami's Publication
In Eleanor Dark's archive, there seems to be an infinite number of royalty statements, contracts, and letters between her, Curtis Brown (her literary agent), and American and British publishers.1 In her article discussing the ill-fated publishing history...
The Poetics of Ambivalence: A Postcolonial Reading of Kim Mahood's Craft for a Dry Lake
SINCE THE 1990s, A NUMBER OF PERSONAL ACCOUNTS, AUTObiographical narratives, and memoirs by non-Indigenous writers, historians, anthropologists, and cultural critics have attempted to integrate alternative histories and to articulate a troubled sense...
The Sea Eagle
Early morning traffic always banked up like this at the Riseley Street intersection, stretching right back beyond the roundabout. If not for that fact, he'd never have met Sam Adler, or known about Felix von Luckner, or found himself eventually on a...
The World Last Night
POETRY A skilled & natural lyricism MTC Cronin. The World Last Night. St. Lucia: U of Queensland P, 2012. 184 pp. ISBN 9780702249518MTC Cronin's poems reminds me of Linda Gregg's, smoothly fashioned free-verse slates facing the quotidian chore of...
Troubled by Impossible Dreams: Fantasy and Desire in Gerald Murnane's A Lifetime on Clouds
WHAT IS THE PARTICULAR NATURE OF THE FRUSTRATION one feels upon reading the ending of Gerald Mûrnane's second novel, A Lifetime on Clouds (1976)? While critics have at times considered this text one of the author's lesser achievements, it remains eminently...
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