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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, June

Anatomy of a Metaphor
1.DiastolePacked in a chestcavity, proximalto the diaphragm,immediately posteriorto the sternum,sits the metaphor,slightly off-centerbut seldom offbeat,the originalheart of the matter,this larger matterof our bespoke giftwrappings, our firstbest birthday...
Apprehending Landscapes: The Uncanny and Gerald Murnane's the Plains
In recent years, Gerald Murnane's work has been the focus of a steadily growing field of critical attention. In many senses, Murnane is a "writer's writer," and his works dwell on the act of writing as a means of exploring one's place in the world. Yet...
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms
FICTION She is grateful only for one thing that war has achieved: it has brought Hiroshi to her Anita Heiss. Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms. Sydney: Simon and Schuster, 2016. 255 pp. A$32.99. ISBN: 9781925184846.An era such as World War II is full of...
Cleaning Products
Nicholas was partway into his speech when Graham picked up the phone. Claudia was taking the coffee pot off the stove and preparing to rinse it when the telephone rang. She held the handle of the pot with one hand and took ahold of the bottom to unscrew...
"Communications from Below": Scalar Transformations in Richard Flanagan's the Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013) and Steven Carroll's A World of Other People (2013)
On 14 October 2014, Richard Flanagan was awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013). It was a signal moment not only in his own career but also in the international reception of Australian literature. In media interviews...
Ecstasy Lake: A Steve West Novel
FICTION The firelight of hope Alastair Sarre. Ecstasy Lake: A Steve West Novel. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2016. 305 pp. A$29.95. ISBN 9781743053966.The best musicians are moved by their own music. Alastair Sarre weaves an eerie and enchanting tale of...
Getting a Word
MargaretI've got to get a word any word many words in before...Get them in edgeways my wayUnder the.Way, way back yesterdayWhen I was a childI was taughtAnd my parents before meAnd theirs before them.We were taught how to write.Not how to shape an original...
Interview - Keyvan Allahyari and Dominic Smith in Conversation
Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in Austin, Texas. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly. In 2006, his debut novel, The Mercury...
"It Fits Where It Touches": Ronald McKie's Fiction and 1970s Feminism
When twenty-six-year-old Ronald McKie joined the reporting staff of the Sydney Telegraph in 1935, the editor Brian Penton, whose novel Landtakers had been hailed a year earlier as an Australian classic (Buckridge 138-40), encouraged him in his boyhood...
Kapok Pillow
Dad was one of the "Rats of Tobruk"& at home during my earlychildhoodwe often had our own privatetheatre of wardad going awol from workdrinking the day away...to stagger home midafternoon& throw missiles aroundbarking orders like theRSM he never...
Lifting the Veil
Andrew doesn't like animals but he likes the idea of animals. He relishes the thought of sipping brandy in front of a log fire with a purring spiral of ink on his lap, casting an emperor's gaze across mist-cloaked rolling hills. His wrinkled hand strokes...
On Inventing a New Country: Trollope's Depiction of Settler Colonialism
Many Trollope readers have preferred his colonialist fiction to his nonfiction, sometimes claiming for a favorite a perspective analogous to what may be called postmodern enlightened postcolonial. The understandable stance is that Trollope's fiction...
R > G
Admit it. It was England made you stupid.It was the idea that you weren't meantfor the life you admired. Turns out fortunewas ink blot. A contractual landscape.And, the real phenomenologists are interlopers,anyway. Got out when it got tough and cyclonic.Look...
Securitization, Refugees, and Australia's Turn Back the Boats Policy, 2013–2015
The securitization discourse on refugees, and more broadly migrants, has become a global phenomenon.1 Studies argue that the "freedom of human mobility" as a concept has virtually disappeared, replaced by the terms of "risk and security." The securitization...
The Bone Buried
My father was cross when I lost a hairbrush at the pool.A Mason Pearson one, expensive and English.It was my fault, an impulsive grab from aqua-zippedswimming bag to smuggle into the water-I played at puppies fetching a bristled "bone."Oval plastic handle...
The First Celebrity: Anthony Trollope's Australasian Odyssey
This is a story of gold mines, opium dens, clubmanship, exploration, vilification in the colonial press-and family heritage. It is the story, then, of Anthony Trollope's 1873 travel memoir Australia and New Zealand and its repercussions.The First Celebrity...
The Golden Age
FICTION A mesmerizing masterpiece Joan London. The Golden Age. New York: Europa Editions, 2016. 221 pp. $17.00 ISBN 978-1-60945-332-9As a child in postwar Australia, author Joan London gathered in the playground with other baby-boom kids. Years later,...
The Hate Race
MEMOIR Challenging racial truths experienced through deft storytelling Maxine Beneba Clarke. The Hate Race. Sydney: Hatchette Australia, 2016. 259 pp. $32.99. ISBN 978-0-7336-3228-0In this superbly crafted memoir about growing up black in suburban Australia,...
The Ideology of Exile in an Imaginary Life
Exiles are cut off from their roots, their land, and their past. They generally do not have armies or states, although they are often in search of them. Edward Said claims that exiles feel "an urgent need to reconstitute their broken lives" (177) and...
"The Last Place": The Uncanny Australia of David Mitchell
To read the novels of David Mitchell is to undertake a kind of literary globetrotting. His stories meander through different places, times, and cultures and are narrated by a plethora of characters of diverse heritage and origins. Bertholde Schoene,...
The Law of Poetry
POETRY Lawmaking-and breaking-in verse MTC Cronin. The Law of Poetry. Glebe, NSW: Puncher and Wattman, 2015. 276 pp. A$29.95. ISBN: 978-1-9221866-1-4It is strange when an artist willingly gives up on one of her tools. As practitioners of the arts, sciences,...
The Mind's Own Place
FICTION Careful engineering versus the randomness of fate Ian Reid. The Mind's Own Place. Crawley: U of Western Australia P, 2015. 316 pp. n.p. ISBN-13: 978-1-74258-747-9Ian Reid's The Mind's Own Place tells a story of travel, social ambition, and the...
The Nero Conspiracy
CASTLucius Seneca: Philosopher of Stoicism and tragic dramatist; Nero's former teacherNero: Emperor of RomeLucan: Poet and Seneca's nephewPaulina: Seneca'a wifeEpicharis: A freedwomanFlavius Scaevinus: Roman SenatorSubrius Flavus: A Colonel of the GuardTigellinus:...
The Ringside View of Australian Fiction
When the French edition of my book came out in 2009, Simon Caterson from the Age titled his article "French Take on the Australian Novel," arguing "that only an outsider can fully appreciate the big cultural picture" (21). Nicholas Jose, in his unsparingly...
The Rules of Backyard Cricket
FICTION Neither tragedy nor comedy Jock Serong. The Rules of Backyard Cricket. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2016. 304 pp. A$29.99. ISBN 9781925355215While reading Jock Serong's The Rules of Backyard Cricket, I kept asking myself if it is possible to write...
The Vessel and the Trace in Anna Funder's Stasiland
Anna Funder's Stasiland begins on a cold morning in Alexanderplatz station, in the former East Berlin. As the writer-and main protagonist cum tour guide cum investigator-navigates the space, hungover, on her way to board a train to Leipzig, the unfamiliarity...
What Is to Be Said
What is to be saidof General Sir Richard Hakingbeyond the stiffness of his bearing,the strength of his moustache?How is it that in '45,unlike the luckless Fifth Divisionlittering Fromelles,General Sir Richard Hakingdied between a set of sheets,presumably...
Wire, and Again Wire
Outside my window in Sydney stands a Eucalyptus Cinerea. It's 50 feet high and almost as wide, dividing early into four spreading branches. All the branches (each really a trunk) begin not only below my third-floor window but outside the frame of the...
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