Australian Literary Studies

Scholarly journal publishes critical essays and reviews on Australian literature.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 3, May

About Face: Asian-Australians at Home
`my old country' and me we see each other on tv and my future home is but a castle floating in air' Ouyang Yu, `Permanently Resident in An Alien Country' IN 1974 John Romeril's play The Floating World canvassed Australia/Japan relations via...
Annual Bibliography of Studies in Australian Literature: 2001
This is the thirty-ninth annual bibliography to be published in Australian Literary Studies. Primarily devoted to substantial commentaries useful to criticism and scholarship, the series aims to provide as complete a listing as possible of books...
Books Received
Antor, Heinz, and Klans Stierstorfer, eds. English Literatures in International Contexts. Heidelberg: Winter, 2000. Introductory essay on the shift from national to international followed by 29 essays by various critics including Bill Ashcroft,...
Cold War, Home Front: Australian Women Writers and Artists in the 1950s: Dorothy Green Memorial Lecture Association for Australian Literature Annual Conference, Melbourne, July 2001
DOROTHY Green, for whom this lecture is named, was a leading voice in Australian literary and cultural criticism in the 1970s, though her formative years stretch back to the late thirties and World War Two. In paying tribute to her today, I would...
Criminal Transport: George Barrington and the Colonial Cure
GEORGE Barrington's celebrity during the 1780s and 1790s was, according to his most recent editor, `without precedent' in his time, making him `one of the eighteenth century's most talked-about lawbreakers' (Rickard 3, 4). An Irish thief of legendary...
Cultural Memory in Postcolonial Fiction: The Uses and Abuses of Ned Kelly
Remembering Kelly THE story of the Irish Australian bushranger Ned Kelly has become paradigmatic for the selective retelling of history as folk legend, and for the ideological processes by which social memory may be reworked into the fabric of...
Editorial
ALS has not been inclined to editorials, and that is one of many traditions that I intend to continue. That said, the retirement of Laurie Hergenhan after an astonishing 39 years of dedication and excellence demands not merely acknowledgment, but...
Henry Kendall's Religion
TO mark the centenary of white colonisation in Australia in 1888, Douglas B.W. Sladen was commissioned to produce A Century of Australian Song. His qualification for the task was that, after taking a degree at Oxford, he had come from England in...
`One of Them Kinds of Kids': The Lives of Les Murray
AS the author of three previous literary biographies: that of an over-excitable South African poet, later fascist and anti-semite; of a talented South African boy who transforms himself into a cool, homosexual, London literary man; and of an irascible...
The Artful Man: Theory and Authority in Brian Castro's Fiction
REVIEWERS have been grumbling about Brian Castro's recourse to theory ever since the French theorist Roland Barthes made a brief appearance in his first novel Birds of Passage (1982). The implications of this encounter for the `theoretically literate'...
The British Tradition in John Morrison's Radical Nationalism
ALTHOUGH historians have long known the importance of the British dissenting tradition in shaping Australian radicalism, it has been less considered by literary historians and critics. Peter Pierce (1988) characterises Australian literary history...
Theory as Fireworks: An Interview with Brian Castro
KB: I want to start by asking you to comment on your relation to literary theory. Double-Wolf's Freudian critique led both critics and reviewers to position you on the side of anti-theory, but your dealings with theory are not all critical. You...
The Tidiest Revolution: Regulative Feminist Autobiography and the De-Facement of the Australian Women's Movement
`The issue that concerns me now is not whether women do as a matter of course write differently but whether feminists as a matter of strategy ought to do so.' Catherine Belsey, `Writing as a Feminist' 1158 THE figuration of autobiography through...