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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... vol. 24 no. 1 2009 of Australian Literary Studies est. 1963 Australian Literary Studies
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* Contents derived from the 2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'In the Hollow of the Heart' : Dorothy Hewett's Early Imaginative Life, Christine Alexander , single work criticism
The article for the first time discusses Hewett's early unpublished poetry which still exists only in manuscript and typescript in the National Library of Australia. Included are numerous text examples of Hewett's early poems.
(p. 1-18)
Literary Festivals and Cultural Consumption, Wenche Ommundsen , single work criticism
The main concerns of this essay are the nature and intensity of the literary experience in the setting of the increasingly popular literary festivals in Australia.
(p. 19-34)
Rereading David Malouf's Fly Away Peter : The Great War, Aboriginal Dispossession, and the Politics of Remembering, Peter Otto , single work criticism
The author's account of Fly Away Peter is intended 'to raise the question of the relation between Malouf's closely intertwined narratives of the Great War and the formation of Australian identity and, on the other hand, Aboriginal narratives of dispossession and self-affirmation.' This leads to a consideration of the novel's treatment of the Anzac myth and its role as a settler narrative; and to a discussion of the 'Ngurrara Canvas', painted by 'Great Sandy Desert traditional owners prior to the National Native Title tribunal hearings in 1997'. 'Rather than pitting one narrative of loss and recovery against another, I hope to suggest some of the heterogenous, perhaps incommensurate elements in relation to which any twenty-first-century narrative of Australian identity must locate itself' (38-39).
(p. 35-51)
Beyond Capricornia : Ambiguous Promise in Alexis Wright, Paul Sharrad , single work criticism
The article discusses the polarised response to Wright's work. The author argues that it is Wright's 'blend of realism and the visionary that marks the ambiguity and the promise of her creative work' (60).
(p. 52-65)
Of Sages and Sybils : Alec Hope and Judith Wright, Anne Collett , single work criticism
The article charts the friendship between Hope and Wright and the critical responses of the two poets to each other's work and achievements.
(p. 66-77)
The Literary Destruction of Canberra : Utopia, Apocalypse and the National Capital, Russell Smith , single work criticism
The article examines the contradictory responses to the national capital in the Australian imagination: planned along utopian lines, Canberra has been seen as a failed utopia, a city 'widely unloved and often derided as the most un-Australian of Australian cities' (78). In seeking to understand this tension, the article examines the literary representation of the capital in some fictional narratives in which 'Canberra is literally or symbolically destroyed', above all in works by McGahan and Halligan.
(p. 78-94)
Celebrating Elizabeth Jolley, Susan Sheridan , single work prose (p. 95-96)
Friendship in a Time of Loneliness, Barbara Milech , single work criticism
The essay 'explores the ways in which Jolley's fictions are simultaneously motivated by a longing for consummate love - (hetero)sexual, intellectual, spiritual, all at once - and shaped by a gathering understanding of the impossibility of that desire as a way of being in the world' (98-99).
(p. 97-110)
Jolley's Women, Bronwen Levy , single work criticism
The essay about Jolley's women 'looks at the ways in which Jolley represents women's longing for other women; it argues that this longing is central to her representation of female characters and the feminine condition. Jolley's literary style, her writing method, makes this question of longing and desire both complex and ambiguous' (112).
(p. 111-120)
Elizabeth Jolley's Late Work, Delys Bird , single work criticism

The article looks at the last four novels by Jolley which were 'somewhat neglected by scholars'. Taken as a body of 'late work' with some evidence of 'late style' (Edward Said), 'might give them a more acknowledged place in a critical history of Jolley's writing' (122).

(p. 121-133)
Annual Bibliography of Studies in Australian Literature : 2008, Carol Hetherington , Irmtraud Petersson , single work bibliography (p. 134-167)
Untitled, Maryanne Dever , single work review
— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism ;
(p. 168-170)
Untitled, Pam Peters , single work review
— Review of Speaking Our Language : The Story of Australian English Bruce Moore , 2008 single work criticism ;
(p. 170-173)
Untitled, Terri-Ann White , single work review
— Review of Making Books : Contemporary Australian Publishing 2007 anthology criticism ;
(p. 173-174)
Untitled, Susan Sheridan , single work review
— Review of Stressing the Modern : Cultural Politics in Australian Women's Poetry Ann Vickery , 2007 selected work criticism ;
(p. 175-177)
Untitled, Peta Tait , single work review
— Review of Make It Australian: The Australian Performing Group, the Pram Factory and New Wave Theatre Gabrielle Wolf , 2008 single work criticism ;
(p. 177-178)

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