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Alternative title: Kunapipi : Journal of Post-Colonial Writing
Date: 2001-
Date: 1979-2001
Issue Details: First known date: 1979... 1979 Kunapipi
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

After graduating from Newcastle University College with first-class honours, Anna Rutherford travelled to England where she worked as a school teacher. In 1966 she accepted a lectureship in Commonwealth literature at the University of Aarhus, in Denmark. Continuing to develop the program after the death of its founder, Greta Hort, Rutherford began to organise conferences on Commonwealth literature and established the Commonwealth Newsletter in 1971 for members of the European Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Study. In 1979, aiming to include creative writing and art, the newsletter changed format and was renamed Kunapipi.

Kunapipi is one of the oldest and most well-respected forums for the discussion of Commonwealth (or postcolonial) literature. In addition, it has published the work of creative writers from many Commonwealth countries, including India, the Caribbean, Africa, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Australian writers who have appeared in Kunapipi include Mark O'Connor, Randolph Stow, Les Murray, Frank Moorhouse, Judith Rodriguez, Thomas Shapcott, Marion Halligan, Antigone Kefala, Beverley Farmer, Ouyang Yu, Thea Astley, Kate Grenville, Jennifer Strauss and Yasmine Gooneratne{w). A special 1988 issue on Aboriginal culture included contributions from Oodgeroo, Mudrooroo, Stephen Muecke, Sally Morgan and Archie Weller.

Rutherford returned to Sydney in 1996, bringing Kunapipi and her successful Dangaroo Press with her. After Rutherford's death in 2001, Anne Collett was appointed editor. Kunapipi has been based at the University of Wollongong since that time, maintaining an influential position in Commonwealth studies.

Notes

  • Contents indexed selectively.
  • Ceased publication in 2012.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1979

Works about this Work

Islands of Multilingual Literature : Community Magazines and Australia's Many Languages Michael Jacklin , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 72 no. 3 2012; (p. 129-142)

As a researcher for AustLit, I have tried to identify and locate points of entry through which even a monolingual researcher might access and build awareness of Australia’s multilingual literatures. Community language newspapers, which have existed in Australian since the nineteenth century, and which continue with substantial circulations in the twenty-first century, are excellent resources if one is fluent in the respective language. Bilingual or multilingual magazines or newspapers are not as common, but can provide an English reading researcher with documentation of community literary activities that would otherwise remain inaccessible. These magazines are like islands – multilingual islands in the midst of the dominant monolingual literary culture. In the Australian literary context it may be appropriate to think of the production of literature in other languages as islands of literary activity where multiple languages are maintained amidst the surrounding English writing. In this essay I’ll discuss a number of literary journals that provide access to Australia’s multilingual literary activities. Two of these are indeed multilingual, carrying articles and creative writing in a number of languages. The third is bilingual, publishing content in English and Vietnamese only, but will be included it here as an indication of the breadth and significance of writing in Australia in languages other than English, writing that is diasporic and transnational as well as multilingual. (Author's abstract)

ERA and the Ranking of Australian Humanities Journals Paul Genoni , Gaby Haddow , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , May no. 46 2009;
'In Australian Humanities Review 45 Guy Redden draws upon his experience with the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in the UK to warn Australian researchers of various dangers posed by the implementation of similar methods of evaluation that may be introduced under the banner of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Redden is concerned with the tendency of emerging forms of research evaluation to privilege a small number of 'high ranking' journals, and of the distorting effect this has on research communication as authors obsessively target these journals. This in turn results in research funding being concentrated on a small number of institutions and research units that are (predictably) assessed as high-achievers.'
A life devoted to literature Mark O'Connor , 2001 single work obituary (for Anna Rutherford )
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 March 2001; (p. 13)
International Feminist Book Fair Carole Ferrier , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , October/November no. 13 1994; (p. 53)
Agents of `The New' : Australian Literary Magazines Bruce Bennett , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: An Australian Compass : Essays on Place and Direction in Australian Literature 1991; (p. 211-223) Commonwealth Literary Cultures : New Voices, New Approaches : Conference Papers, Lecce, 3-7 April, 1990 1993; (p. 535-549)
Editorial Anna Rutherford , 1979 single work column
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 1 no. 1 1979; (p. 5-8)
ERA and the Ranking of Australian Humanities Journals Paul Genoni , Gaby Haddow , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , May no. 46 2009;
'In Australian Humanities Review 45 Guy Redden draws upon his experience with the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in the UK to warn Australian researchers of various dangers posed by the implementation of similar methods of evaluation that may be introduced under the banner of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Redden is concerned with the tendency of emerging forms of research evaluation to privilege a small number of 'high ranking' journals, and of the distorting effect this has on research communication as authors obsessively target these journals. This in turn results in research funding being concentrated on a small number of institutions and research units that are (predictably) assessed as high-achievers.'
International Feminist Book Fair Carole Ferrier , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , October/November no. 13 1994; (p. 53)
Agents of `The New' : Australian Literary Magazines Bruce Bennett , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: An Australian Compass : Essays on Place and Direction in Australian Literature 1991; (p. 211-223) Commonwealth Literary Cultures : New Voices, New Approaches : Conference Papers, Lecce, 3-7 April, 1990 1993; (p. 535-549)
Not One of the Jacks Anna Rutherford , 1987 single work biography
— Appears in: Westerly , December vol. 32 no. 4 1987; (p. 10-21)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

ISSN: 0106-5734
Subtitle:
Journal of Post-colonial Writing.
Frequency:
2 issues per annum 1979-1984; 3 issues per annum 1985-1999; 2 issues per annum 2000-2012.
Range:
1979-2012.
Continues:
Commonwealth Newsletter.
Size:
22cm.
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