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Alternative title: Philosophy and Literature; Philosophy as Literature
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... vol. 7 no. 2 May 2015 of Transnational Literature est. 2008 Transnational Literature
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* Contents derived from the 2015 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Gift, Robert Lumsden , single work short story
Plato and Gorgias Walk into a Symposium, Jonathan Paul Marshall , single work short story
Worlds Apart : Nam Le’s The Boat and Ali Alizadeh’s Transactions, Lachlan Brown , single work criticism

'Australian short fiction collections which are self-consciously and explicitly transnational have risen to prominence during the past decade. Nam Le’s celebrated collection The Boat (2008) has been followed by Ali Alizadeh’s Transactions (2013), Maxine Beneba-Clarke’s Foreign Soil (2014) and Ceridwen Dovey’s Only the Animals (2014). All these books are ambitious, grandtour collections, organising themselves in ways that emphasise disparate locations around the globe. They are marked by precocious writing styles, a predilection for distinct and distinctive voices, rapid or jolting movements between specific yet diverse situations, a thematisation of

‘the global’, as well as holistic or in some cases totalising structures. The collections by Le, Alizadeh and Beneba-Clarke are accompanied by metafictive frames which foreground the idea of writing as a creative and urgent act in a globalised world. Such transnational short fiction may find immediate precursors in writers like Jhumpa Lahiri, whose Unaccommodated Earth

explores familial migrations and double migrations and Daniel Alarcon whose War by Candlelight depicts intense and specific locations from Lima to New York.' (Author's introduction)

Autofiction and Fictionalisation: J.M. Coetzee’s Novels and Boyhood, Shadi Neimneh , single work criticism
Boyhood (1997), like Youth (2002), is J.M. Coetzee’s fictionalised ‘autobiography’. In this work, Coetzee – in a novelistic fashion – uses third-person narration and present tense to trace the development of his protagonist, John Coetzee, from boyhood to youth and question the formative impact of such years on the protagonist’s identity. The relationship between Coetzee the writer and Coetzee the character in the autobiographical memoirs is one of psychological doubling or mirroring. Therefore, and to borrow the title of Coetzee’s 2003 Nobel lecture, ‘he and his man’ are paired in a problematically intricate relationship evading, yet inviting, parallels. In his memoirs, Coetzee takes us through his protagonist’s school years in Worcester and Cape Town in South Africa, family upbringing, religious and political anxieties, social hesitations, and university years in Cape Town. Moreover, Coetzee traces his protagonist’s life in London as a computer programmer, attempts at writing poetry and reading literature, attempts at researching the works of the English novelist Ford Maddox Ford, and failed love affairs. In Boyhood, we see Coetzee’s boy as a school student between the ages of 10 and 13, struggling against his mother’s influence and her stifling love and internalising the shame and guilt of his family’s racist prejudice. The use of the third person to recount life details – with possible modifications to effect a middle ground between fiction and the search for self inherent in autobiographical writing – means using paradoxical styles. The term literary theorists use in this regard to describe this form of fictionalised autobiographies is ‘autofiction’. The term was coined in 1977 by French writer and critic Serge Doubrovsky with reference to his novel Fils. Recently, this term has been used by critics like Karen Ferreira-Meyers to indicate the blurring of boundaries between fact and fiction in texts. I suggest in this article that Coetzee's fictionalised memoirs can be called ‘autofiction’ just as his novels can be seen as somewhat autobiographical. Applied broadly, the term ‘autofiction’ can be used as a label for such genres, autobiographical novels and fictionalised autobiographies or memoirs, in the case of Coetzee. Although the term ‘autofiction’ is better applied to fictionalised or autobiographical memoirs,Coetzee’s fictions treating autobiographical themes also partake in this genre, though to a lesser extent.' (Author's introduction)
Reading Autumn Landscape : Oil on Canvas, 1885i"Hand the autumn over to the far skies", 耿翔 , Yu Ouyang (translator), single work poetry
A Dog Running Through Human History, Richard James Allen , single work poetry
In Americai"When we visit your grandma", Tricia Dearborn , single work poetry
Crossing Bordersi"your three sons", Jelena Dinic , single work poetry
Bali Mindfulnessi"Nothing’s straight. Water zigzags from the hills. Paths twist", Norm Neill , single work poetry
Kitchen Table, Cynthia D. Nelson , series - author poetry
Biloxii"It folds out from the wall onto one silver leg,", Cynthia D. Nelson , single work poetry
Edinburghi"A sturdy wooden table painted white. Mornings", Cynthia D. Nelson , single work poetry
Darmstadti"It’s covered in an orange tulip tablecloth. He and I", Cynthia D. Nelson , single work poetry
Ostunii"A red laminate top on spindly aluminium legs.", Cynthia D. Nelson , single work poetry
Sydneyi"A small beechwood square that disappears", Cynthia D. Nelson , single work poetry
Street Dreamsi"The great black streets of early childhood,", Ian C. Smith , single work poetry
[Untitled]i"rooted in rock", Vicky Tsaconas , single work poetry
The Patrioti"The claws are what distinguish her: beneath", John Upton , single work poetry
Skini"The tub in our shared bathroom would have", Ron Wilkins , single work poetry
When Evie Dancesi"When Evie dances, generations", Jena Woodhouse , single work poetry
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