mardi 20 octobre 2009

CONFERENCE : Reading Across the Pacific: Australian-United States Intellectual Histories

Dans le cadre des diverses opinions exprimées sur l'internationalisation des études sur la question australienne, je présenterai une communication à la conférence organisée par les Professeurs Robert Dixon et Nicholas Birns. Cette intervention portera sur la publication Antipodes et son rôle dans la promotion de la discipline sur un plan international. Cette année, la littérature australienne a eu le privilège de s'exporter grâce à l'initiative de trois personnes: Nicholas Jose qui a dirigé le Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature,

Peter Pierce qui vient de publier son ouvrage collectif The Cambridge History of Australian Literature

et votre serviteur, dont la deuxième monographie intitulée Panorama du roman australien a paru chez Hermann

Ces publications s'inscrivent dans le sillage de l'ouvrage dirigé par Nichoals Birns et Rebecca McNeer, A Companion to Australian Literature since 1900:

Voir ma recension à ce sujet:

Vous retrouverez les informations relatives à cette conférence ci-dessous:

Reading Across the Pacific: Australian-United States Intellectual Histories

Antipodes and the Globalisation of Australian Studies Through the Looking Glass of an “Outsider”

Since its very beginning in 1987 under Robert Ross’s editorship, the flagship journal of the American Association of Australian Literary Studies has basically stuck to the same formula: Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature publishes a careful balance of Australian fiction (poetry and fiction mainly) and non-fiction work (essays and reviews, along with interviews and miscellaneous items). Nicholas Birns, by taking over Robert Ross, has maintained this tradition of instilling into international readers the love of Australian literature and the determination of being kept updated with the latest trends in literary criticism. But more than just promoting Australian Studies, the Antipodes Editors have been mainly concerned with putting Australian literature on the world map by celebrating in their pages the works of critics from all around the world. One of the most obvious consequences was that Australian Studies were no longer the prerogative of Australian nationals.

My paper aims at exploring the fruitful exchanges between American scholars willing to globalise Australian fiction and Australian writers seeking new publishing opportunities overseas.

Jean-François VERNAY.


"First and foremost, I wish to address my heartfelt thanks to Pr. Robert Dixon for granting me a travel scholarship, which made it possible for me to present my paper at this high-caliber international conference. This financial aid is the first I have ever received within the 14 years I have spent researching Australian fiction. As such, I take it as being an additional token of recognition of my work, which – incidentally – is often perceived as that of an outsider.
When reviewing Water From the Moon, my monograph on Chris Koch’s fiction, C.A. Cranston declared it to be “a work by someone situated outside the literary and geographical context of ‘Australia’.” (Cranston 117) Not that she was trying to make an uncharitable observation of any kind, but every time an Australian scholar singles me out as a "French scholar" or anything else along these lines, I always find myself guilty of not having been born and bred in Australia. From such awareness derives the feeling that anyone writing in the field of Australian Studies beyond the boundaries of Australia would lack some kind of legitimacy."

Work Cited:

Cranston, CA. ‘Reviews’. JASAL 7 (2007): 116-21. Also available online.

To be continued on D-day.

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