lundi 27 décembre 2010

Opinion : Panorama du roman australien


“[…] unlike [some] university publications, which compile the work of several contributors who together sought to give a comprehensive view of Australian literature in bulky volumes meant to be reference works, Panorama is a short and single-authored book that reads from cover to cover like a riveting novel. In fact, it would seem that Vernay intended—and managed—to share his enthusiasm for Australia’s national literature as much as he sought to impart the sound knowledge he acquired over ten years of research. Passion shows through each page of this carefully argued text.”

“The value of Vernay’s contextual study is at least threefold. First, it provides the basis for an original analysis, that is, an introduction to Australian literature that keeps away from the typical catalogue of résumés and biographies. The author does dwell on a remarkable author, a major work, a controversial affair or a literary prize here and there, in well-defined inserts, indulging in “close-ups” to satisfy the reader’s curiosity. Also, he does provide the reader with useful tools (two chronologies, a bibliography and an index) which permit direct access to key information. Yet the point remains: Vernay’s essay is no simple collection of literary facts. The second and third reasons for the value of Vernay’s approach to literature are intimately linked, both relating to the bridge the author has constructed between literature and the world. On the one hand, readers primarily interested in literature will be presented with not only novels but also the contexts in which these were written and published. This also means that those who wish to find out more about a specific period or literary movement can use the book to identify corresponding Australian references. On the other hand, readers with a general interest in Australia will have a chance to acquire solid knowledge of Australian novels while (re)discovering the country through its writers’ eyes. No doubt, Panorama du roman australien will appeal to people with different needs or expectations, which makes its potential readership quite broad.”

Source: Ludivine Royer, Postcolonial Text 5: 4 (2009).

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mardi 21 décembre 2010

New JASAL issue: No 10 (2010): Currents, Cross-Currents, Undercurrents

Dear Readers:

The Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature has
just published its latest issue at

We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles
and items of interest.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

The Editors,
Tony Simoes da Silva, Frances Devlin-Glass and Bernadette Brennan

No 10 (2010): Currents, Cross-Currents, Undercurrents
Table of Contents

Introduction: Currents, Cross-Currents, Undercurrents, by Frances
Devlin-Glass and Tony Simoes da Silva
Tony Simoes da Silva, Frances Devlin-Glass

Ecological Allegory: Tourmaline , An Example
David Fonteyn
Toxic flowers: Randolph Stow's unfused horizons
Kerry Leves
Randolph Stow: Photo Essay
Graeme Kinross-Smith
Suburbia, Violence and Indigenous Identity in Melissa Lucashenko’s Steam
Nathanael O'Reilly
Seen Through Other Eyes: Reconstructing Australian Literature in India
Paul Sharrad
Working-class Youth Subcultures: Resistance and Expolitation in Criena
Rohan's The Delinquents and Mudrooroo's Wild Cat Falling
Ian Herbertson
The Stolen River: Position, Possession and Race Representation in
Grenville’s Colonial ‘Worlds’
Odette Kelada
Death Watch: Reading the Common Object of the Billycan in ‘Waltzing
Michael Farrell

Review Essays--------
The Cambridge History of Australian Literature edited by Peter Pierce
Ken Gelder

Intimate Horizons: The Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature by
Bill Ashcroft, Frances Devlin-Glass and Lyn McCredden.
Carole Cusack
Barbara Hanrahan: A Biography by Annette Stewart
Frances de Groen
Peripheral Fear: Transformations of the Gothic in Canadian and Australian
Fiction by Gerry Turcotte
Rachael Weaver
Noel Rowe: Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and
Poetics edited by Bernadette Brennan
Brigitta Olubas
The Anthology of Colonial Australian Romance Fiction edited by Ken Gelder
and Rachael Weaver
Elizabeth Webby
Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays edited by Elizabeth
McMahon and Brigitta Olubas
Georgina Loveridge
My Blood's Country: a journey through the landscapes that inspired Judith
Wright's poetry by Fiona Capp
Susan Lever


dimanche 12 décembre 2010

Art show in Melbourne: Libby Edwards Galleries

Libby Edwards Galleries
Contempo December Group Show


Browse through an eclectic selection of art by established gallery artists and discover affordable artworks by artists: Damien Baumgartner, Vitor Dos Santos, Mia Galo, Gus Leunig, Jill McFarlane, Amanda Parer, Jack Pemble, Janine Riches, Samuel Wade & Kareena Zerefos. NB.....some works at end of year reduced prices...don't miss out!
Click here to view the exhibition

Call for papers: ASAL 2011 Conference

Australian Literature: Field, Curriculum, Emotion

Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th July 2011 at the
University of Melbourne


In 2011 ASAL will give special attention to issues surrounding the teaching of Australian literature in schools and universities.

  • What do teachers want Australian literature to do in the classroom? What tasks do they want it to perform, and why?
  • What do students expect to learn from the Australian literature they read and study?
  • Is ‘Australian literature’ still worth teaching as a body of writing? Why?
  • What kind of ‘Australian literature’ should educators invest in?
  • What is its role in the curriculum – and in the new national curriculum?
  • What is its place in the region, and in the world?

Confirmed plenary speakers:

  • Professor John Frow, English Program, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Professor Helen Gilbert, Drama and Theatre Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

More to follow.

The conference

The conference will ask its presenters to think about Australian literature in the context of institutional practices, pedagogy, literary value, and readerships. The interest is not so much in particular readings of Australian texts, but in how those texts function in larger, constitutive frameworks and systems. Education is one constitutive system, but it is never autonomous. It unfolds in relation to other ‘regimes of value’ in society, and this will provide another focus for the conference. Australian literature is a field of inquiry (an ‘archive’), but it is also a field of struggles and disputes and controversies, a field defined through particular methods and practice, through forms of legitimation and recognition, through logics of production and circulation, genre, demographics, and so on. What can we say about the way this field operates and the ways in which it shapes what we do as teachers, scholars and readers?

ASAL 2011 recognises that teachers, students and readers make investments in literature that are, in some foundational way, emotional. The conference therefore wants to emphasise the role of the emotions in Australian literature – and in the institutions that constitute it, transmit it and make it ‘meaningful’. What kinds of emotional investments do readers – and writers - of Australian literature actually make? Processes of legitimation can themselves be emotionally underpinned; issues of value, method, pedagogy and so on are also often matters of passion and deep feeling. Disputes and controversies are important here, too. So are political readings, and what are sometimes recognised (or misrecognised) as ‘extreme’ readings of literary texts. The focus here will be on the emotional dispositions – the passions - at work in the field of Australian literature: its teaching, its circulation, its canonisation, its meanings.

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for submission by Tuesday 1st March 2011.

The following topics are simply suggestions for possible frameworks for conference presentations:

  • Literary demongraphics
  • Institutions of literature
  • ‘Regimes of value’
  • Categories of the ‘literary’
  • Literary production and circulation
  • Readerships
  • Reading practices: making the text meaningful
  • Methodologies
  • Genre
  • Performativity, creativity
  • Teaching practices: secondary and tertiary pedagogies
  • Canonicity, selection, legitimation
  • Literary praxis
  • National curriculum issues
  • Nation, region, world: the ‘place’ of Australian literature
  • Literature and politics, political readings
  • Extreme readings
  • The value of reading ‘emotionally’
  • Literary controversies and debates
  • Literary dispositions
  • Critical distance
  • Passion and structures of feeling
  • Love, hate, indifference: readers, texts and teachers

200 word abstracts should be sent to:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: Tuesday, 1st March 2011
More information will follow shortly in regards to; accommodation; the conference program; fees and registration and location and venues.


Please direct all enquiries to the conference email address:

Conference convenors

  • Dr Larissa McLean-Davies, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Ken Gelder, English and Theatre Studies, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Susan Martin, English Program, La Trobe University
  • Fiona Luck, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne