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Barbara Holloway Barbara Holloway i(A27494 works by)
Born: Established: 1944 ;
Gender: Female
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1 Writing on the Wind, Looking at the Local Barbara Holloway , 2019 single work
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 64 no. 1 2019; (p. 93-99)
'There’s a building called the Tower of Winds in the ancient marketplace in Athens. Each of its eight sides is dedicated to the wind from a different direction; Skiron, Boreas and so forth. Once it had a wind-vane on top; it was an early weather station. The winds are universal but as the Tower suggests, they manifest uniquely and intimately as part of place. And then there’s the human culture wind calls up across languages and societies. The Greek word for wind is aerides, the basis of both ‘air’ and ‘to breathe’. Wind is a symbol for the spirit, the soul, but also it’s historically inseparable from sailing and thus trade, cultural exchange, colonisation. That only accounts for the direction, the velocity, perhaps the ferocity. The rushing air also gathers up multiple large, small and microscopic lives, it transposes and recomposes dust and fumes and moisture. Sparking hope and fear, symbolising change, the wind is specific to localities and seasons. Then it’s personalised, given names such as the mistral, Perth Doctor, Southerly Buster.' 


1 [Review] The Anthropocene Lyric Barbara Holloway , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , November no. 63 2018;

— Review of The Anthropocene Lyric : An Affective Geography of Poetry, Person, Place Tom Bristow , 2015 multi chapter work criticism

'People who have understood that ‘laws of nature’ on Planet Earth are changing rapidly, unpredictably and frighteningly have responded in different ways: by presenting scientific research and data to the public, by refuting the optimistic or self-interested arguments of sceptics, by attempting to get international action on CO2 emission reductions, on ecological systems or on rising sea-levels. A common concern has been to establish modes of understanding and research into the situations lumped under terms like ‘Anthropocene’, climate change or ‘environmental degradation’.'  (Introduction)

1 Review of D. H. Lawrence’s Australia : Anxiety at the Edge of Empire, by David Game Barbara Holloway , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 33 no. 3 2018;

— Review of D. H. Lawrence's Australia : Anxiety at the Edge of Empire David Game , 2015 single work criticism

'Preconceptions of another country can take hold of an artist’s imagination – as ‘America’ did Kafka’s and Lorca’s – but who knew that D. H. Lawrence developed a comprehensive idea of ‘Australia’ long before his one hundred-day visit? Or how central that was to his later work? The objective of David Game, Honorary Lecturer at the Australian National University, is modestly expressed: to ‘throw new light on the significance of [Lawrence's] overall engagement with Australia – its place in his life and art’ (7). He does much more in a work of major scholarship.'

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1 Rockolalia, Lithomania Barbara Holloway , 2013 single work prose
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , 17 April no. 17 2013;
1 The Tree and Its Voices : What the Casuarina Says Barbara Holloway , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , Summer vol. 1 no. 2011;
'The tree known popularly and scientifically as the casuarina has been consistently noticed for the sounds made as wind passes through its unusual foliage of needles and leaf scales. The acoustic experience of the casuarina — with subspecies found throughout Australia — has been represented as 'haunted', 'grieving' and voicing the secret language of initiates. This essay traces intriguing conceptual and aesthetic representations of the 'voice' and its listeners found across both Aboriginal and white Australian cultures in traditional English verse, Aboriginal prose narrative, accounts of cultural practices, and hybrid blends of all three. The essay adopts the notion of 'listening to listening' to set out the many forms of story the tree's sounds generate their contribution to identifying places, and to suggest a specific Aboriginal song-line appears to underlie the divergent replications of tree-'voice' across southern Australia.' (Author's abstract)
1 Round Australia with Keith and Merle Barbara Holloway , 2010 single work prose travel humour
— Appears in: Halfway House : The Poetics of Australian Spaces 2010; (p. 299-309)
1 2 y separately published work icon Halfway House : The Poetics of Australian Spaces Jennifer Rutherford (editor), Barbara Holloway (editor), Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2010 Z1746913 2010 anthology criticism essay

'Halfway House is a collection of original, scholarly and inventive essays and images. It brings together writers who are both noted and new voices in contemporary discussions of Australian engagement with place. Rather than attempting to impose a uniform concept of Australian poetics, the contributors to Halfway House have investigated revealing situations, occasions and technology.

Using poetics in many senses, Halfway House is an exciting, original and provocative contribution to how Australians use, confront or avoid the place we live, its history, its environment and culture.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 Decent Intervals Barbara Holloway , 2006 single work prose satire
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 66 no. 2 2006; (p. 66-77)
1 The Logic of Birds Barbara Holloway , 2004 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 64 no. 2 2004; (p. 136-146)
1 Wind, a Subject Enquiry Barbara Holloway , 2002 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 62 no. 1 2002; (p. 66-77)
1 Untitled Barbara Holloway , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , February no. 170 1998; (p. 26)

— Review of Pressing the Flesh : Stories by ACT Region Writers 1997 anthology short story
1 In a Ficitonal (sic) Place Barbara Holloway , 1998 single work column
— Appears in: Muse , December-January (1998-1999) no. 180 1998; (p. 3)
1 Negative and Positive: Dorothy Hewett in Visual Images Barbara Holloway , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Dorothy Hewett : Selected Critical Essays 1995; (p. 115-126)
1 Tarlo Comes to Mind I: Monologues and Dialogues Barbara Holloway , 1994 single work short story
— Appears in: Picador New Writing 2 1994; (p. 243-253)
1 "Woman" in Federation Poetry Barbara Holloway , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Debutante Nation : Feminism Contests the 1890s 1993; (p. 150-162; notes 239-240)
1 Finding a Position: Non-Aboriginal Reviewing of Aboriginal Women's Writing Barbara Holloway , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , March vol. 5 no. 1 1993; (p. 20-21)
1 What Made the Sick Stockrider Sick? The Function of Horses and Fever in A.L. Gordon's `The Sick Stockrider' Barbara Holloway , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 38 no. 1 1993; (p. 35-42)
1 White Steps on the Way to the International Year of Indigenous People: The Difficulties and Lines of Flight of Mary Gilmore Barbara Holloway , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , December no. 37 1993; (p. 93-107)
1 form y separately published work icon Charles Harpur and Woman as the Instrument of Topography Barbara Holloway , 1991 Z396535 1991 single work criticism film/TV A paper delivered by Barbara Holloway, videotaped and published by the Australian Defence Force Academy Library.
1 Problems of Reading the Australian Colonial: Representations of Land, Woman and Aboriginal in Australian Poetry Barbara Holloway , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 3 no. 2 1990; (p. 125-156)