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Alternative title: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Issue Details: First known date: 2007... vol. 6 no. 1 2007 of JASAL est. 2002 JASAL
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* Contents derived from the 2007 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Reading Sickness, Carmen Lawrence , single work essay
Carmen Lawrence says: I'm not suggesting that writers or critics should crank out polemic, but that they should not underestimate the power of literature to chip away at orthodox ways of thinking; that they celebrate the power they have to insinuate new images into our repertoire. Works of literature can provoke us to question accepted verities and can show us that there are always alternatives; that descriptions of reality are only tentative and that a final understanding of the way things are isn't possible -- or even desirable. For me, as a reader, what remains intoxicating is that through literature I am provoked into seditious perceptions that erode my certainties and settled doctrines.'
(p. 9-18)
The Ghost of Dad Rudd, on the Stump, Julieanne Lamond , single work criticism
'This paper examines the cultural and political legacies of Dad Rudd, a fictional character who first appeared in short stories by 'Steele Rudd' (A. H. Davis) in the Bulletin in 1895 and has since appeared in popular fiction, theatre, film, television and radio adaptations throughout the twentieth century. It traces a set of national tropes - particularly that of the battler - through stump speeches made by Dad Rudd in On Our Selection! (1899), Dad in Politics (1908), the stage melodrama On Our Selection (1912), and Ken G. Hall's film Dad Rudd, M.P. (1940), and considers how they have continued to be used to create both political and cultural constituencies in Australia.'
(p. 19-32)
'Oh, You're Cutting My Bowels Out!' : Sexual Unspeakability in Marcus Clarke's His Natural Life, Damien Barlow , single work criticism
'This article provides a queer reading of Marcus Clarke's His Natural Life that pays particular attention to Clarke's thematic of sexual unspeakability. More specifically, it revisits the infamous fate of the young convict Kirkland in order to explore the perverse dynamics of the homosocial romance between Clarke's gentleman hero Rufus Dawes, and perhaps Clarke's most enigmatic and queer creation, the prison priest Reverend James North.' (JASAL abstract)
(p. 33-48)
Note: Includes list of works cited.
Behind the Book : Vance Palmer's Short Stories and Australian Magazine Culture in the 1920s, Roger Osborne , single work criticism
'Behind the books that serve most critics and biographers as signposts to the development of Vance Palmer's short fiction, another sequence of events is found in the newspapers and magazines to which he contributed. In addition to the stories for which he is best-known, he published hundreds more in Australian periodicals. This article considers Palmer's career through his contributions to the Bulletin, the Triad and the Australian Journal. Palmer might be best-known as a representative figure in Australia's literary culture, but he is also one of the most representative figures of the magazine culture of his time.' (JASAL abstract.)
(p. 49-64)
Note: Includes appendix, notes and list of works cited.
The Magic Pudding: A Mirror of Our Fondest Wishes, Christopher Kelen , single work criticism
'This paper investigates Norman Lindsay's 1918 illustrated children's novel The Magic Pudding with a view to understanding how the text reflects the state of Australian wishfulness at a particular moment in the history of Australian literary consciousness and the national self-conception. In The Magic Pudding the distorting mirror shown [sic] the subject entering culture is one which hails (as it teaches) a characteristic cynicism with regard to the rules and rights of possession - a cynicism befitting the un-nameable anywhere of the action. This essay argues that the puddin' as possession (slave and cannibal commodity) has provided an apt palimpsest for wishful thinking of the Australian kind, likewise for Australian styles of cynicism with regard to such wishfulness.' (JASAL abstract)
(p. 65-78)
Note: Includes notes and list of works cited.
Traces of Trauma: Loss and Longing in Too Many Men, Shannon Dowling , single work criticism
'In both her fiction and autobiographical essays, author Lily Brett describes the process of travelling 'home' to Poland as an adult child of Holocaust survivors. In a close reading of her novel Too Many Men, I will discuss the contemporary concern with returning to the 'past' for a sense of contemporary 'self' represented in this novel. In Too Many Men the protagonist Ruth journeys to Poland with her father, visiting the sites of his former life and the places of his family's destruction. However, the journey represents very different things for these two characters. Sites of memory, 'simulation' and the 'trace' are key ideas adopted in this reading.' (JASAL abstract)
(p. 79-90)
Note: Includes notes and list of works cited.
The Sounds of Sight: Jennifer Rankin's Poetics, Bonny Cassidy , single work criticism
'Attention to Jennifer Rankin's poetry was spare within her lifetime. Twenty-eight years after her death, the time has come to challenge her critical reception and to recognise the importance of her poetics on its own terms. Her work has an antithetical relationship to the generation of '68, and the shadowy place that it takes among the poetry of her peers can be defined by its struggle against subjectivity; a poetics at odds with John Tranter's descriptions of a new Australian poetry. This article reads several of Rankin's poems closely, and in comparison with a poem by Robert Adamson, to demonstrate Rankin's approach to subjectivity and the influence of painting on her poetry.' (JASAL abstract)
(p. 91-103)
Note: Includes list of works cited.
Starting from Melbourne: The Coherence of Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Michael Sharkey , single work criticism
'The article traces the trajectory I observe in Wallace-Crabbe's writing since his first poetry publication. The focus is on his consciousness of the paradox of language's ability to express what Auden called 'unmentionable private concerns' - and, I would add, 'unmentionable' aspects of public life. The essay necessarily dwells only fleetingly on several divagations from the coherence I observe in his critical writing and his poetry.' (JASAL abstract)
(p. 104-119)
Note: Includes list of works cited.
Dictionary of Literary Biography Vols 230, 260, 289, 325, Ian Henderson , single work review
— Review of Australian Literature, 1788-1914 2001 reference ; Australian Writers, 1915-1950 2002 reference ; Australian Writers , 1950-1975 2004 reference ; Australian Writers 1975-2000 2006 reference ;
(p. 120-128)
Australian Plays for the Colonial Stage, Meg Tasker , single work review
— Review of Australian Plays for the Colonial Stage : 1834-1899 2006 anthology drama ;
(p. 129-132)
Jenny Hocking: Frank Hardy Politics Literature Life, Allan Gardiner , single work review
— Review of Frank Hardy : Politics Literature Life Jenny Hocking , 2005 single work biography ;
(p. 133-136)
Katherine Barnes: The Higher Self in Christopher Brennan's Poems: Esotericism, Romanticism, Symbolism, Andrew Lynch , single work review
— Review of The Higher Self in Christopher Brennan's 'Poems' : Esotericism, Romanticism, Symbolism Katherine Barnes , 2006 single work criticism ;
(p. 137-139)
Margaret Henderson: Marking Feminist Times, Alison Bartlett , single work review
— Review of Marking Feminist Times : Remembering the Longest Revolution in Australia Margaret Henderson , 2006 multi chapter work criticism ;
(p. 140-143)
Roger Bourke: Prisoners of the Japanese: Literary Imagination and the Prisoner-of War Experience, Ronald Blaber , single work review
— Review of Prisoners of the Japanese : Literary Imagination and the Prisoner-of-War Experience Roger Bourke , 2006 single work criticism ;
(p. 144-146)
Bruce Bennett: Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood, Terry Goldie , single work review
— Review of Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood Bruce Bennett , 2006 selected work criticism essay autobiography ;
(p. 147-148)
Beyond Good and Evil? : Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region, Peter Pierce , single work review
— Review of Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005 anthology essay criticism ;
(p. 149-151)
Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds, Gillian Whitlock , single work review
— Review of Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006 anthology criticism interview autobiography ;
(p. 152-156)
Letters Lifted into Poetry, Jeff Doyle , single work review
— Review of Letters Lifted into Poetry : Selected Correspondence between David Campbell and Douglas Stewart, 1946-1979 David Campbell , Douglas Stewart , 2006 selected work correspondence poetry ;
(p. 157-161)
With Love and Fury : Selected Letters of Judith Wright, Dorothy Jones , single work review
— Review of With Love and Fury : Selected Letters of Judith Wright Judith Wright , 2006 selected work correspondence ;
(p. 162-165)

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