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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, December

A History of Silence
FICTION An exploration of family lore, with a surprising twist Lloyd Jones. A Histor y of Silence. Melbourne: text publishing, 2013. 273 pp. $16.95. isBn-13 978-1-92214-733-2In Marcel proust's novel Swann's Way, a sip of tea containing the f loating...
Breakdown
He could see the kid from the corner of his eye. And that's what he was: a kid, barely fourteen, still a boy, a little boy; but a boy who jumped up and down as though he was chained to a pogo stick; bounced from side to side like a circus clown performing;...
Christina Stead, Georges Polti, and Analytical Novel Writing
True knowledge and finally love, through comprehension.-Christina SteadNowadays many published writers teach writing; indeed, courses in writing have become a mass industry. But in the 1940s, tertiary teaching of novel writing was in its infancy and...
Contesting Identity and Forming "Cosmopolitan Memory" in Brian Castro's Shanghai Dancing
This article examines how "cosmopolitan memory" works in Brian Castro's Shanghai Dancing as a way of challenging a notion of identity confined within nation-state and community. Shanghai Dancing is the seventh book by Brian Castro, who currently lives...
Dairy Farmers at the Beach
My parents were never swimmers.They kept to their own tide, too busyto sunbake, they wore what was needed-floral dresses, kitchen skin, yakka pantsheld up by a loose belt, blue singlet tan.They stand on the beach, arms foldedeyeing off the water as if...
Driving to Queenscliff
We clipped them into the carpulled the loose-limbed belts overprecious organs and i drove.the white perforations rosestriped the road and punctuatedminutes, each green numbered signsounded out from Q to f.A new driver, i am always confidentand surprised...
Emptiness: Asian Poems 1998-2012
POETRY Real Travel John Mateer. Emptiness: Asian Poems 1998- 2012. Fremantle: Fremantle press, 2014. 128 pp. $24.99. isBn-13 978-1-922089-62-5For all his prolixity otherwise, John Kinsella may not be the chief arbiter of "international regionalism" in...
Follow the Shadows
A workaholic, i was showing signs of burnout. i was told to take a holiday."There's too much work," i argued, but my business partner told me a colleague would cover my role."There's nothing else i want to do," i pleaded, and she suggested i spend a...
Footy Dreaming
FICTION If anything tied them together it was footy Michael Hyde. Footy Dreaming. Melbourne: Ford street publishing, 2015. 190 pp. A$17.95. isBn-13 978-1-92500-099-3Michael Hyde's new novel, Footy Dreaming, follows noah, a young man of Australian Aboriginal...
Gnosis, a Spark
Ihad started to write poetry around fourteen or fifteen years of age and latched onto it like a limpet in the light of my being otherwise a fair to average student- with the occasional flare for something that approximated to an originality of expression....
Gnosis, A Spark
I had started to write poetry around fourteen or fifteen years of age and latched onto it like a limpet in the light of my being otherwise a fair to average student - with the occasional flare for something that approximated to an originality of expression....
Going into Dreamland: From Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland to Patrick White's the Aunt's Story
My chief purpose in this essay is to discuss influences that helped shape patrick White's thought as he wrote the most individual of his novels, The Aunt's Story (1948). i also seek to place The Aunt's Story in historical context in its theme of the...
Last Night for Sharon Olds
for Sharon OldsI don't know what it means to die, althoughI have written that i do. i lay there in the bedand thought, I want to live. And so i lived:I left, i got well, i kept on. this evening,when you were reading to the crowd,I realized i might never...
Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations
Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen GenerationsSOCIAL HISTORY The white men rarely speak for themselves Fiona probyn-Rapsey. Made to Matter: White Fathers, Stolen Generations. sydney: sydney University press, 2013. 179 pp. A$25.00 isBn-13 978-1-920899-97-4Australia's...
Mitch
Has lived in a semaphore Hostelfor twenty yearshe's short & heavy set-wears a gray zip-up jumperwhich compliments his beard& track pants that invariablyhang too lowhis feet are plantedon thick rubber scuffs& his voice is resonant-& fetchingit's...
My Sister Sam and Other Freaks
Gee, i loved my family. sharon was a bitch and sam was a freak. Mum was a pain; dad was invisible. And Uncle nelson, self-appointed family sage, was just a drunk, raving old dole-bludger. this was my fourteenth summer, agonizingly long and hot like all...
Navigating the Inside-Outside: Explorations of Exile and Silence in Alex Miller's Landscape of Farewell
[T]he countr yside itself, still and silent as it always seems to be; a silence in which the air trembles with a kind of absence, as if the landscape listens, or waits for something [. . .]It is strange and uncanny, this sense of waiting, and it is unsettling-Miller,...
"New Zealand's First Man of Letters?": Rediscovering Redmond Frankton "Bim" Wallis
In mid-2002, four years before his death, new Zealand-born novelist, journalist, editor, and publisher Redmond Frankton "Bim" Wallis,1 wrote to a friend, London publisher duncan Baird. Wallis told Baird of the "surprising news" that he had been approached...
No-Man's Land: Migration, Masculinity, and Ouyang Yu's the Eastern Slope Chronicle
I had had great hopes in Australia. Like many who came before or around the time when I came, I regarded Australia as a land of opportunity. However, that opportunity seemed to exist for Australians and people from other countries of the British Commonwealth...
"One of Us": Orphaned Selves and Legitimacy in Australian Autobiography
Orsino: And what's her histor y?Viola: A blank, my lord.-Shakespeare, twelfth night, Act II, Scene IVWhen she is brought before the new south Wales Children's Court aged fifteen, sharyn Killens has already spent seven years of her life in an orphanage....
Productive Dissonance: Using Digital Narratives in the Australian Literature Classroom 1
Discussions of the nature and fate of Australian literary studies-at least in the Australian university context-more often than not focus on what is taught and the institutional challenges that confront academics in the field.2 these are certainly valid...
Remembrance Day
today it's been a yearsince you died and i will burnyour funeral program,along with the letter of thanksyour parents wrote. i will burnthese with rosemary, to rememberthis letting go. i will burn theseon the verandah, in a baking traybecause, despite...
Soon She Will Be Forty
Age 8The big kids have long legs and white-toothed grins. Beautiful and frightening; she loves them, she fears them. the big kids, easy in their confidence and power, their casual cruelty, their gestures of kindness that mean everything.She totters on...
The Last Pulse
FICTION A zestful romp through the suspenseful and serious Anson Cameron. The Last Pulse. sydney: Vintage, 2014. 273 pp. A$29.99. isBn-13 978-0-85798-498-2The Last Pulse is a lively and provocative book. this is Anson Cameron's eighth novel and, like...
The Lilac Room
Swifts whizzed in and out of a belfrythrough cool volumes of limestone shadow.She watched a breeze go around the squaregently lifting linen. When she turnedfrom the window, he was still sittingon the bed, as if about to sneeze.She undressed hurriedly,...
The Push North
How many grey streaks, spots, clumpsCan be seen against the green background?-Mold of the earth, Boleslaw Prusdriving like a derrick into the loessless folds of plenty Valley-Where the water tanks' iron bellies are snake-barrel silhouettesin bluey-green,...
The Spying Game: An Australian Angle
CRitiCisM Cloak and Dagger Down Under Bruce Bennett. The Spying Game: An Australian Angle. north Melbourne: Australian scholarly publishing, 2012. 222 pp. A$39.95. isBn-13 978-1-921875-68-7I have the privilege of writing on one of the gems left us by...
This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial
SOCIAL HISTORY A jury of humans Helen Garner. This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial. Melbourne: text publishing, 2014. 320 pp. A$23.99. isBn 978-1925240-68-9"Oh Lord, let this be an accident" (2). With this sentiment, Helen Garner begins a...
"Trafficking in Words": On the Politics of Writing, Cross-Border Mobility, and Nam Le's the Boat
The globe shrinks for those who own it; for the displaced or the dispossessed, the migrant or refugee, no distance is more awesome than the few feet across borders or frontiers.-Homi Bhabha, "Double Visions" (88)The 2008 publication of nam Le's collection...
Tree Palace
FICTION Trant Life Craig sherborne. Tree Palace. text publishing, 2014. 327 pp. $15.95. isBn-13 978-1-92214-732-5How does a family that defines itself by wandering come to settle down? the narrative arc of Tree Palace, Craig sherborne's latest novel,...
Visitor
Day after day bathers stand waist-deepin cloudy gold, hoping to be chosenby the dolphin, a scar down his left side,who has come to live in the summer river.On a cold shore, the waters sleek with sunrise,a woman calls to him through the wind.She tells...
What America Also Read: Australian Historical Fiction in the American Marketplace, 1927-48
My title refers to Gordon Hutner's 2009 study What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960, an impressively detailed account of middle-class realist fiction and its reception in the United states across the middle decades of the twentieth...
White to the End of the World
1.Sure, shopping is an important part of life, but so are the "relationships" you're "supposed" to have with "other people." it's just that the relationships i seem to be having with other people are a fairly fragile prospect, especially if those involved...
Witi Ihimaera's the Whale Rider in Slovene, Dutch, and German Translation
The translation of Ma ori literature into european languages constitutes a relatively recent phenomenon, principally because the publication of Maori books in english has increased since the Maori Renaissance in the 1970s (Keown; Auerbach). As recent...
Words and Silk: Gerald Murnane at the Cinema
Around halfway through Gerald Murnane's 1974 debut novel, Tamarisk Row , the Killeaton family of Bassett in Victoria (a thinly veiled version of Bendigo), are together at the Miami theatre, watching Lloyd Bacon's 1944 war film, The Fighting Sullivans...
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