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1 Bleeck House : Australian Pulp Fiction Toni Johnson-Woods , single work criticism
1 Gisbon, Grace Isabel (1905-89) Toni Johnson-Woods , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : G 2014; (p. 193)
1 Trent Jamieson Toni Johnson-Woods , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: The West End Magazine , Autumn no. 18 2014;
1 Crime on the Airwaves : The Carter Brown Mystery Theatre Toni Johnson-Woods , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , March vol. 3 no. 1 2014; (p. 73-93)
'In the mid-1950s, Carter Brown Mystery books were selling in the millions in Australia; their robust humour and simple plots made them ideal fodder for radio adaptation. The Carter Brown Mystery Theatre did not make a great impact upon Australian radio per se, but it was popular enough to be onsold overseas. This article explores the Carter Brown Mystery Theatre as an exemplar of recuperating an unexplored area of the Australian radio industry: popular crime serials. Finally, it posits a ‘grammar’ of radio.' (Publication abstract)
1 Dames and Design : Fashion and Appearance on Pulp Fiction Covers, 1950-1960 Toni Johnson-Woods , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fashion in Popular Culture : Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies 2013;
1 y separately published work icon Fashion in Popular Culture : Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies Toni Johnson-Woods (editor), Vicki Karaminas (editor), Bristol : Intellect , 2013 7248784 2013 anthology criticism
1 Love and Lust at Uluru Toni Johnson-Woods , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 371-377)
1 Crikey it’s Bromance : A History of Australian Pulp Westerns Toni Johnson-Woods , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 141-161)
‘The Australian version of the Western novel is the subject matter of Toni Johnson-Woods’ chapter. Western as a genre was present in Australia since colonial times – a ‘romance of property’ (Dixon 22). She takes up Len Meares, the man behind Marshall Grover as her case study. Perhaps the most intriguing part of her chapter is the study of book covers, as she argues that ‘books are more than printed codex; they are cultural products with covers, advertising, pricing and distribution.’ For Johnson-Woods, “the covers are semiotically charged marketing tools; the artwork, design and titles emit generic and cultural messages.” Australian Western authors, some of the most prolific authors, have been writing not only for an Australian readership but also for an international one. In conclusion Johnson-Woods laments that “I doubt if you’ll shake their hands or sign their books at writers’ festivals. It is not that they are not likeable people. They are tainted with a fatal literary disease, they’re carriers of the popular fiction virus. And even more condemning, they do not even write ‘respectable’ popular fiction like detective fiction – they write politically incorrect masculinist westerns. Regardless of how literary critics assess their contribution to Australian fiction, they provide hours of entertainment for their many readers.”’ (Editor’s foreword xiii)
1 Two Centuries of Popular Australian Fiction Toni Johnson-Woods , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 1-21)
'Who is Guy Boothby that Miles Franklin should be advised to 'write like' him, and Rudyard Kipling admire him? Guy Boothby is one of the many best selling Australian authors who is largely forgotten or ignored by literary scholars. Boothby's fiction sold in the millions, he received praise and accolades from their peers but who have largely been overlooked in scholarly accounts of the Australian literature. They suffered from the terminal literary disease, popularity. For reasons unknown popularity is positively correlated with 'trash' and therefore summarily dismissed. This chapter documents one hundred years of Australian popular fiction in an effort to inspire further research and to incite more scholars to consider the merits of genre authors whose material languishes as their sales grow.' (Author's introduction 1)
1 y separately published work icon Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers Toni Johnson-Woods (editor), Amit Sarwal (editor), Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2012 Z1843701 2012 anthology criticism 'Australian genre fiction writers have successfully exploited the Australian landscape and peoples and as a result their books are today "sold by the millions" across boundaries. They have created stories that are imaginative, visionary, and diverse. They appeal to local and international readerships and, most importantly, are thoroughly entertaining, thus making them a strong presence in the popular fiction bazaar.
Sold by the Millions: Australia's Bestsellers is the first collection to concentrate on Australia's best-selling material that forms the armchair reading of many Australians. Leading experts of popular fiction provide introspective pieces on Romance, Horror, Crime, Science Fiction, Western, Comics, Travel, Sports and Children's writing so that a wholesome picture emerges of the wide range of reading and research options available for scholars' (Publisher website).
1 Untitled Toni Johnson-Woods , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , 16 February vol. 1 no. 1 2012; (p. 105-107)

— Review of Reg Grundy Reg Grundy , 2010 single work autobiography
1 His Natural Life Toni Johnson-Woods , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , 16 February vol. 1 no. 1 2012; (p. 93-95)
1 y separately published work icon The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture Toni Johnson-Woods (editor), Vicki Karaminas (editor), 2012 Bristol : Intellect , 2012- Z1838865 2012 periodical (11 issues) 'The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the scholarly understanding of everyday cultures. It is concerned with the study of the social practices and the cultural meanings that are produced and are circulated through the processes and practices of everyday life. As a product of consumption, an intellectual object of inquiry, and as an integral component of the dynamic forces that shape societies. The journal will be receptive to articles which focus on Australasian examples, or broader comparative and theoretical questions viewed through an Australasian lens.'
1 Dr Ross Laurie Toni Johnson-Woods , 2010 single work obituary (for Ross Laurie )
— Appears in: Fryer Folios , June vol. 5 no. 1 2010; (p. 26)
1 Popular Fiction Toni Johnson-Woods , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Found in Fryer : Stories from the Fryer Library Collection 2010; (p. 128-129)
1 'Adventures of a Squatter' : A Colonial Male Romance Toni Johnson-Woods , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 70 no. 2 2010; (p. 130-141)
Examines a homoerotic text which has remained buried in the pages of the colonial press, The Australian Journal.
1 1 y separately published work icon Manga : An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives Toni Johnson-Woods (editor), New York (City) : Continuum , 2010 Z1692998 2010 anthology criticism 'Once upon a time, one had to read Japanese in order to enjoy manga. Today manga has become a global phenomenon, attracting audiences in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. The style has become so popular, in fact, that in the US and UK publishers are appropriating the manga style in a variety of print material, resulting in the birth of harlequin mangas which combine popular romance fiction titles with manga aesthetics. Comic publishers such as Dark Horse and Viz are translating Japanese "classics", such as Fruits Basket, into English. And of course it wasn't long before Shakespeare received the manga treatment. So what is manga? Manga roughly translates as "whimsical pictures" and its long history traces all the way back to picture books of eighteenth century Japan. Today, it comes in two basic forms: anthology magazines (such as Shukan Shonen Jampu) that contain several serials and manga 'books' (tankobon) that collect long-running serials from the anthologies and reprint them in one volume. The anthologies contain several serials, generally appear weekly and are so thick, up to 800 pages, that they are colloquially known as phone books. Sold at newspaper stands at railways and in convenience stores, they often attract crowds of people who gather to read their favourite magazine. Containing sections addressing the manga industry on an international scale, the different genres, formats and artists, as well the fans themselves, Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives is an important collection of essays by an international cast of scholars, experts, and fans, and provides a one-stop resource for all those who want to learn more about manga, as well as for anybody teaching a course on the subject.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 Crime Fiction's Cultural Field : Carter Brown in France Toni Johnson-Woods , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mostly French : French (in) Detective Fiction 2009; (p. 53-73)
1 How the West Was Written Toni Johnson-Woods , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 - 15 November 2009; (p. 25)
1 Forgotten Books : A Century of Popular Australian Fiction Toni Johnson-Woods , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 394-408)
An overview of Australian popular novels and their authors and publishing outlets from colonial times to the present.
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