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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, June

A Beautifully Crafted Novel about the Uselessness of Language
FICTION A beautifully crafted novel about the uselessness of language Alex Miller, Coal Creek. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2013. 291 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-1- 74331-698-6Bobby Blue, the narrator and protagonist of Coal Creek, repeatedly expresses skepticism...
A Muster of Love Songs
POETRY A muster of love songs Mark Tredinnick, ed. Australian Love Poems 2013. Carlton South: Inkerman & Blunt, 2013. 316 pp. AU $26.99 ISBN 978-0- 98754-010-2In the publisher's foreword, Donna Ward lays out some of the statistics behind this impressive-...
"A Nation for a Continent": Australian Literature and the Cartographic Imaginary of the Federation Era
at a rally in Support oF the Federation oF the auStralian colonieS in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield in 1897, Edmund Barton famously declared, "For the first time in history, we have a nation for a continent, and a continent for a na- tion" (qtd. in Rutledge)....
An Interview with Jeanine Leane
JeanIne leane is the prize-winning author of Purple Threads (U of Queensland P, 2011) and Dark Secrets After Dreaming: AD 1887-1961 (PressPress, 2010). She completed her PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney, and previously held the position of...
A Poem for Other People as I Have No Doubts or Regrets
What wakes you in the middle of the night-inexplicabledreams, which seem to be constructed of jigsawpieces from different puzzles, so that however hardyou try to fit them together, no complete picture everseems possible? What wakes you when everyoneelse...
A Present Absence, an Absent Presence: Reading Kevin Hart's "For Marion, My Sister"
What are the great unpresentables? God and the soul? Yes, indeed. But also death. There is no greater force of negativity, no more powerful urge to create, than the thought of death. Kevin Hart (Kinsella 275)Try to make out my words Though death has...
A Small Matter of Demolition
St. patrick'S college (wellington) occupied the corner block Facing onto Cambridge Terrace opposite the Basin Reserve and bounded by Buckle and Tory Streets. The main building, a forbidding, grey pile we knew as Colditz Castle. The lower grounds in front...
Brahms
My parents had decided thatI'd do Grade 2 in town,my stint with correspondence school,its saddlebags and copperplate,having run its course -though every now and thenthey'd take me back for weekends.On sale day afternoons maybethey'd drop by at my aunt...
Comedic Cohesion: Clive James's New Verse Translation of the Divine Comedy
Comedic Cohesion: Clive James's New Verse Translation of The Divine Comedy dante. The Divine Comedy. trans. Clive James. new York: Liveright. 2013. 527 pp. isBn 978-0-87140-448-0Clive James's new translation of dante's The Divine Comedy is-in the wake...
Domicile
there'S your SeVen bedroomS, ensuIte, no exceptionS, goeS without Saying, eVery one, you want to go blundering down the hall in the dead of night groping for the light switch, breaking your arse tripping on the edge of a rug, sorry, my apologies, you'll...
E Tu: On Teaching Patricia Grace's Novel of the Maori Battalion1
In her award-winning historical novel Tu (2004), a tale of three brothers fighting in the famous Maori Battalion during the Second World War, New Zealand author Patricia Grace takes up those twin themes of violence and mythology at the heart of much...
Exploring the Still-Life Turning Point
FICTION Exploring the still-life turning point Chris Somerville. We Are Not the Same Anymore: Stories. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2013. 185 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-0-70224-965-5The narrators of these stories are outside of their lives. They...
Hammerhead
I ask my mother, divorced from my fatherfor forty-five years, if she remembers hiscoming home late one night with a storyof horror and bemusement. He'd beenfishing with a long cane rod, surf-castinginto the waters off the white-sand shoresnorth of Perth,...
"Have You Ever Heard the Havoc of Remembering?" Yet Softly Told
POETRY "Have you ever heard the havoc of remember- ing?" Yet softly told.Chris Wallace-Crabbe. New and Selected Poems. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2013. 204 pp. £14.95. ISBN 978-1-90618-807-8Meeting a poet for the first time through their selected works...
Lovely Boys, Good Blokes, and Bonzer Bints: Love and Eroticism in British and Australian Great War Narratives
the explicit homoSexuality and the homoerotic implicationS oF many britiSh Great War narratives have been studied by scholars such as Paul Fussell and Santanu Das. While Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and Ford's No More Parades convey the desperate romance...
Mapping the Shores of Australian Poetry
POETRY Mapping the shores of Australian Poetry Felicity Plunkett, ed. Thirty Australian Poets. University of Queensland Press, 2011. 285 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-0-70223-914-4Hunter S. Thompson, when recalling San Francisco at the end of the 1960s, wrote, "We...
Memories and Letters: Nadine and Lina Lewin's Friendship with Christina Stead
Christina Stead met my grandmother Lina Lewin by chance at a restaurant in Paris in early 1929. In a letter to my mother Nadine Mendelson following the death of Lina, Christina writes from her home in Elmers Court, Surbiton in January 1970: "Lina was...
Mr. and Mrs. Ouyang
a.When i waS a child i liVed in a tube-like building, the kind with a corridor in the middle, lined with rooms on either side. Each household had a coal- burning stove in the corridor, by the side of a stack of honeycomb briquettes. At mealtimes, the...
My Hearts Are Your Hearts
In the BeginningIn one of the tents at Adelaide Writers' Week, Antony Elmer read from his latest novel, answering questions from a large audience of keen journalists and adoring fans. It was hot in the tent, there in the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens,...
Nuanced and Mythic, Both Lament and Celebration
POETRY Nuanced and mythic, both lament and celebration David Malouf. Earth Hour. St Lucia: U of Queensland Press, 2014. 96 pp. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-70225-013-2Earth Hour is the new poetry collection by David Malouf, an iconic writer whose career spans...
On Your 21st Birthday
Any time there is a surface there is a surface and ever y time there is a suggestion there is a suggestion and every time there is silence there is silence . . .-Gertrude SteinIremember it waS a Sunday-a louSy, oVercaSt aFternoon with that diStinctly...
Reading Australia from Distant Shores
In the Summer of 2002, I traveled to Paris in order to present a paper on Croatian-Australian poet Morgan Yasbincek and French-Canadian poet Nicole Brossard. I was then a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne, where I was writing on aesthetics...
Second Winter
All morning, I watched how wind wrenches the trees.Finally it shifted me from my seat, I should bend and bowlike the branches, with their heaps of peelings.Nothing escapes change, being swept this and that way.The crag is eroding, deeply scrawled in...
Shantaram: Portrait of an Australian Bestseller
gregory daVid robertS'S Semi-autobiographical noVel shantaraM haS been an Australian bestseller since its original publication in 2003. Marketed largely as nonfiction, Shantaram presents a fictionalized version of the author's experiences as a criminal...
So What
In bright light hewould always run away.Danny once escaped police custodythree days in a row butgot pinned down by a mortgage.Called itgrowing upgetting serious.This Giselle was really something I thought back thenas I too washed in her fierce smile,no...
Spurning the Trophies of the Ego
FICTION Spurning The Trophies of the Ego Christos Tsiolkas. Barracuda. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2013. 528 pp. AUS $32.99. ISBN 978-1-74331-731-0In The Guardian in Januar y 2013, reviewer Mark Lawson wrote of Christos Tsiolkas's novel Barracuda:Tsiolkas's...
Symbolism with a Punch Line
FICTION Symbolism with a punch line Cate Kennedy. Dark Roots. Melbourne: Scribe, 2012. 182 pp. n.p. ISBN 978-1-92207-019-7Cate Kennedy's 2006 collection of short sto- ries (U.S. publication 2008, now reprinted in Australia) is called Dark Roots. It's...
Teaching and Professing English in Western Australia: Acknowledging the Anglophilia and Democratic Ideals of a Figure That Shaped the Discipline
British or English-trained professors were the central figures responsible for tertiary education and matriculation in Western Australia, and this "Englishness" limited the teaching of Australian literature at the tertiary and secondary levels in the...
Teaching Australian Literature in a Class about Literatures of Social Reform
This article considers the theoretical and political implications of teaching Sally Morgan's My Place to American university students alongside Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. My Place is, of course, a milestone...
Teaching Traumatic Life Narratives: Affect, Witnessing, and Ethics
I had been granted an inestimable privilege of looking into other people's lives. What I had found there had absorbed my intellectual and emotional attention for many hours. Unlike the Cinques, unlike the Singhs, I could walk away.-Helen Garner, Joe...
The Ducklings
When dad brought home the ducklingS he Said, "go get Some cricketS, boyS. Those big ones down by the drive. Get as many as you can."We took an old feed bucket each and loped across the back garden into the knee-high wallaby grass. Their white seed heads...
The Pleasures of Structural Uncertainty
FICTION The pleasures of structural uncertainty Eleanor Catton. The Luminaries. New York: Little, Brown, 2013. 835 pp. $27.00. ISBN 978-0-31607-431-5Accepting the 2013 Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton described her second novel as...
The Rhetoric of Luck in Christina Stead's Letty Fox: Her Luck
letty Fox'S "luck" remindS uS oF "the FortuneS and miSFortuneS" oF moll Flanders, the forgotten descriptor in Defoe's title for his picaresque novel of 1721, which charts the life and times of the resourceful eponymous heroine. Letty Fox, another resourceful...
Thinking Theatrically/Acting Locally
I understood that Maori theatre can only be a hybrid, as in traditional Maori society the concept of a "theatre" was foreign. I also realised that, because our theatre had to be a hybrid, I should understand and hold firm to my traditions and Maori point...
Trauma Theory as Activist Pedagogy: Engaging Students as Reader-Witnesses of Colonial Trauma in Once Were Warriors
A trauma is a wound-psychic, emotional, physical, spiritual-and the state or condition brought about by that wound. Trauma produces excess. Overwhelmed by external stimuli, the traumatized mind cannot process what is happening while it is happening....
Tsiolkas's Misstep
FICTION Tsiolkas's misstep Christos Tsiolkas. Barracuda. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2013. 528 pp. AUS $32.99. ISBN 978-1-74331-731-0The spirit of competition pervades Christos Tsiolkas's latest novel, Barracuda, and compe- tition defines its protagonist,...
Twenty-Seven Memoirs by Immigrants to Australia
SOCIAL HISTORY Twenty-seven memoirs by immigrants to Australia Kent MacCarter and Ali Lemer, eds. Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home. South Melbourne: Affirm Press, 2013. 288 pp. AU $24.95. ISBN 978-0-98730-853-5The latest figures from the Australian...
Two Hugolian Moments in Novels by Patrick White
in the courSe oF reading graham robb'S excellent biography oF Victor hugo, i have stumbled on two details that might have found their way into the fiction of patrick White, bearing in mind that he would have studied Hugo as part of the Modern Languages...
What Are You Doing Here?
FICTION What are you doing here? Michelle de Kretser. Questions of Travel. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2012. 515 pages. AU $40.00. ISBN 978-1-74331-100-4Harkening back to Elizabeth Bishop's 1956 poem of the same title, Michelle De Kret- ser's award-winning...
You Could Have Been There (Unmasking the Fictional Voice)
[T]he mask, given time, comes to be the face itself.-Marguerite Yourcenar.The author of that great baggy novel Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne, put it more simply than I intend to here, when he said, "My pen guides me, I guide not it." The unfolding...
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