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1 Realist Fiction since 1950 : Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Donna Coates , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of the Novel in English : The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950 2017; (p. 159-174)

'In Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, realism was the traditional mode for fiction throughout the first half of the twentieth century, harnessed to the call of establishing distinctive national identities...' (Introduction)

1 'All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance' : The Vietnam War Protest Movement in Australian Women’s Fictions by Janine Burke, Patricia Cornelius, Nuri Maas, and Wendy Scarfe Donna Coates , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 2 no. 1 2011; (p. 123-141)
'Nearly fifty years ago, the Australian government sent thirty military advisers to South Vietnam, thereby initiating a commitment to a war which was to last for over a decade. Altogether, nearly 47,000 Australians, including 17,500 national servicemen served in Vietnam; 500 died and 2500 were wounded. Almost as disturbing as the results of the battlefield were the shockwaves that reverberated throughout Australian society, for the war years turned out to be one of the most turbulent periods in the nation’s history. The events of these tumultuous years are examined in five little-known Australian women’s fictions—Nuri Maas’s 1971 As Much a Right to Live, Janine Burke’s 1984 Speaking, Wendy Scarfe’s 1984 Neither Here Nor There and her 1988 Laura, My Alter Ego: A Novel of Love, Loyalty and Conscience, and Patricia Cornelius’s 2002 My Sister Jill. Together these texts chronicle the politicization of Australian youth, recount the kinds of overt challenges to the traditional standards of masculinity which had prevailed in Australian society since its inception, and document the emergence of the secondwave feminist movement.' Source: Donna Coates.
1 War Writing in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand Donna Coates , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II 2009; (p. 149-162)

'Even though the 1931 Statute of Westminster had made Australia, Canada,

and New Zealand independent nations with autonomous foreign policies,

New Zealand and Australia nevertheless responded to the outbreak of the

Second World War as if they were still colonies, automatically at war as they

had been in 1914. Both relied upon Britain for strategic imperatives such as

security and defence, as well as for economic reasons. Further, sentimental

links between Britain and its former colonies meant many continued to call

Britain "home" and to regard the British as their "kith and kin." Within

hours of Britain's declaration of war on Germany, both New Zealand's Prime

Minister, Michael Joseph Savage, and Australia's Prime Minister, Robert

Menzies, rushed to offer the British government their support because they

believed it inconceivable to do otherwise. In Canada, although the

Anglophile, imperialist, and monarchist Prime Minister, Mackenzie King,

was in favor of supporting Britain once war was declared, he knew he had

to satisfy Francophone Quebec's concerns about the conscription issue that

had proved so divisive in the FirstWorld War; thus he informed the nation he

would 'let Parliament decide.'' (p 149)

1 Reality Bites : The Impact of the Second World War on the Australian Home Front in Maria Gardner's Blood Stained Wattle and Robin Sheiner's Smile, the War Is Over Donna Coates , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 23 no. 1 2009; (p. 49-55)
'Threats to national safety have captured the imagination of few novelists: to date, only Maria Gardner's Blood Stained Wattle (1992) and Robin Sheiner's Smile, the War is Over (1983) have appeared. While both of these writers draw heavily upon military and political history to tell their stories, Gardner derives much of her material from a diary her father, Colin Gray Gardner, kept of his experiences during and after the bombing of Darwin, and Sheiner, who was a child during the war in Perth, supplements her memories of the period with letters from and formal interviews with those who were alive at the time.'
1 Country Matters in the Little (Southern Steel) Company Donna Coates , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , December vol. 35 no. 2008; (p. 78-94)
A discussion of similarities in venue, time and pre-occupations (Australian cities' and industries' vulnerability to sea attack during WWII, 'cultural cringe' of the '1950s) in Eleanor Dark's The Little Company and Dymphna Cusack's Southern Steel, with reference to Cusack's defence of Australian literature and development of regional awareness in her Newcastle setting, and Dark's exploration of a new love for the Australian landscape, and the awareness of national history in both.
1 Coming Home: The Return of the (Australian Vietnam War) Soldier Donna Coates , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 65 no. 2 2005; (p. 105-117)
1 (Not) Talking Back : Australian Women Novelists Lose the Great (Linguistic) War Donna Coates , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , Winter vol. 18 no. 2 2003; (p. 125-152)
1 Sleeping With the Enemy : Patriot Games in Fictions by Lesbia Harford, Gwen Kelly, and Joan Dugdale Donna Coates , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 37 no. 2 2002; (p. 157-173)
Author examines three novels by women authors dealing with the experiences of women and children 'who were left to cope on their own in a hostile environment when their husbads were interned.' She finds that these novels 'challenge the assumptions about both war and gender that have informed the aethetics of the prevailing canon of Great War literature in Australia.' (pp.157-158)
1 Damn(ed) Yankees : The Pacific's Not Pacific Anymore Donna Coates , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 15 no. 2 2001; (p. 123-128)
1 Remaking History in St. Kilda Donna Coates , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 15 no. 1 2001; (p. 51-52)

— Review of Republic of Women Merrill Findlay , 1999 single work novel
1 Biography : Featuring Female Fictocriticism Donna Coates , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 14 no. 1 2000; (p. 83-84)

— Review of The Space Between : Australian Women Writing Fictocriticism 1998 anthology short story criticism biography poetry prose
1 Guns 'n' Roses : Mollie Skinner's Intrepid Great War Fictions Donna Coates , 1999 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , Autumn vol. 59 no. 1 1999; (p. 105-121)
1 Fiction : Probing the Psychology of Cults Donna Coates , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 12 no. 2 1998; (p. 116-117)

— Review of Oyster Janette Turner Hospital , 1996 single work novel
1 Lesbia Harford's Homefront Warrior and Women's World War I Writing Donna Coates , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 17 no. 1 1995; (p. 19-28)
1 Guns 'n' Roses: Australian Women Writers' Bold-and-Not-so-Bold Journeys into the Great War Donna Coates , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Proceedings : Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Sixteenth Annual Conference, 3-8 July 1994 1995; (p. 120-126)
1 Lyrics Inspire Author's First Novel Donna Coates , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 7 no. 1 1993; (p. 75)

— Review of Springfield Marian Favel Clair Eldridge , 1992 single work novel
1 1 The Digger on the Lofty Pedestal: Australian Women's Fictions of the Great War Donna Coates , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , December no. 10 1993; (p. 1-23)
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