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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 [Review Essay] The Fiction of Thea Astley.
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'Australian novelist Thea Astley became known for her inclination to stare down the good fortune (four Miles Franklin awards) of her literary success during her lifetime with a persistent and self-generating narrative of having been neglected as a writer. It was never true then, and certainly not now. In fact, from this vantage point, over a decade after her death in 2004, critical attention paid to this gifted novelist has possibly reached a high point.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia vol. 8 no. 1 2017 12828887 2017 periodical issue

    'In her article "Matriduxy?: Tracing Colonial Adumbration in Australian Womanhood via a Psychoanalytical Reading of Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children," Theresa Holtby investigates the notion of matriduxy (the alleged dominance of women in Australian families), including its mixed reception by Australian feminist critics, in relation to expressions of imperialist masochistic ideology in fiction, namely in Stead's novel. She argues that there are striking parallels between the role of the dominatrix in Deleuze's theory of masochism and the alleged phenomenon of matriduxy, concluding that the concept of masochism offers a means to reconcile the ostensibly incompatible readings of Australian society through the lens of matriduxy or, on the other hand, misogyny.' (Martina Horakova : Editorial introduction)

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