dimanche 27 février 2011

Book Announcement : Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature

Dear blog fans,

Here is a message from
Dr. Nathanael O'Reilly, Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Languages at The University of Texas at Tyler. His new book has been reviewed in CERCLES:

Dear Colleagues,

At our recent AAALS conference in Ft. Worth, I gave a talk about my edited collection, Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature. A number of you had asked me to email publication details. Please find attached a PDF book announcement. The book is available in both hardcover and e-book formats, with a range of pricing options. The pricing details for individual buyers are available here: You can find pricing information for libraries here:

Please forward this message to any colleagues who you think might be interested in the collection, as well as your campus librarians.



samedi 26 février 2011

2012 MLA convention: American Association of Australasian Literary Studies

Proposals are invited for the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies sessions at the 2012 MLA Convention, to be held January 5-8, 2012, in Seattle , WA.

Voice and Identity in Australian Literature

The “Voice and Identity in Australian Literature” session seeks papers focusing on voice and identity in any genre of Australian literature.

Send 250-word abstracts to Nathanael O’Reilly ( by March 21, 2010.

Post-Colonial Women Writers
Sponsored jointly by the American Association for Australian Literary Studies and the Margaret Atwood Society. Focus on settler societies such as Canada , Australia , and New Zealand .
Send your 500-word abstract by 4 March 2011; Theodore F. Sheckels (

Dr. Nathanael O'Reilly
Assistant Professor of English
Department of Literature and Languages
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, TX 75799
Editor, Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature:

mercredi 23 février 2011

Feedback : Literary Night in Paris 03/02/2011

A literary night generously supported by:

I am extremely grateful to AFA (Association France Australie) and its President, Maryline Faure, for organizing this special event in one of the most literary and cinematic Parisian venues: Café de la Marie, Place St Supplice. To learn more about AFA’s activities, get in touch with Maryline through their website by clicking here: The kick-off was given by Jacques and Betty Villeminot, a most charming couple of dedicated scholars, who talked about what they deemed to be their “farewell publication”: Les hommes oubliés d’Océanie, (Glénat, 2010). They started the night by relating their experience among Aborigines and then answered a few questions from the audience. Feel free to click on the following link to purchase a copy of their book: After their riveting speech, I took the floor and started my lecture on psychoanalysis in Australian fiction. Those who would like to find out more about this topic, feel free to check the following references:

JF Vernay The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama, translated by Marie Ramsland (Melbourne: Brolga, 2010) with a foreword by Nicholas Jose. (Note: This translation is available in Australia ONLY and is yet to be published in the UK and the USA) Weblink:

------------ "Couched Words: The Interimplication of Fiction and Psychoanalysis", Etchings 7, Melbourne, 2009, 153-62.

------------ “Freudianism in Dire Straits: The Representation of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Australia”. AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association 112, November 2009, 81-96

------------ “Lost in Distraction: Repetition and Ennui in Antoni Jach’s The Weekly Card Game”. Southerly 69:2, Long Paddock 5, Sydney, December 2009. E-print:

------------ “Projections and Utopianism in Contemporary Australian Fiction: Toward an Exploration of the Paranoid Mind”. Alizés 33, La Réunion, décembre 2010, pp. 183-99.

My heartfelt thanks go to my friends and the people who turned up at the event, not to mention spirited Maryline Faure and her faithful AFA members who are always keen on an Aussie night. This was certainly the highlight of my stay in Paris and I look forward to renewing the experience some time this year. A big thank you also to my friends who are showing their support with their presence on my blog !

JUSTIN O'BRIEN: The sacred music of colour

Credit: Justin O'Brien, Nativity

Hurry! These are the last days (Until 27 February)

This long-awaited survey celebrates the life's work of a much-admired Australian artist, Justin O'Brien (1917-1996), best known for his colourful and exuberant depictions of religious themes.

Presenting over 90 paintings, watercolours and drawings, some of which have not been seen in public for more than 60 years, it brings to light works of intense beauty and harmony.

Free tours: daily 1pm, Wednesdays 7.15pm

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone 02 9225 1744

Toll Free 1800 679 278

mardi 15 février 2011

Call for Papers : ‘Embattled Men: Masculinity and War’ symposium

While the link between war and gender has been a feature of many historical cultures, it has only been recently that the topic has received attention in political, cultural or literary histories. Initially, these histories, often written from a feminist perspective, focused on re-inscribing women into the discourses of war, and indeed, into actual war situations. More recent studies, however, have ceased to take for granted that war is something only men do, and have started to probe the significance of the enduring connection between war and masculinity. These studies investigate, for example, the primary importance of gender divisions in governing militaristic attitudes, the role of masculinity in founding military identities, the fundamental connections between war and masculinity in political citizenship, and the centrality of masculinity in literary
narratives of war experience. Other work has also problematised the association of war and masculinity by drawing attention to alternative views of warfare, those of non-combatants, the traumatized and disabled, and by uncovering a range of competing masculinities circulating in discourses of war. Drawing on this engagement with masculinity and war, our conference invites scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the associations between war and masculinity.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• damaged men: broken faces/bodies, trauma
• home-front/civilian masculinities
• martial masculinity and public remembrance
• literary, artistic, and filmic constructions of masculinities in conflict
• becoming men, becoming soldiers
• masculinity and military heroism
• masculinity of military rationalism and science
• war, masculinity and nation building

To present a paper, please email an abstract of up to 250 words to Christina Spittel
( or Neil Ramsey ( by Friday, 25 February 2011.

Call for submissions : 5 x 5 = Five Poetry Journal

Five Poetry Journal is a new online magazine edited by Libby Hart that aims to showcase five poets five times a year.

The first issue of Five Poetry Journal is scheduled for publication on 5 May 2011. If you would like to submit your work for consideration please see the guidelines below.

Submission guidelines:

1. Your submission must adhere to the following guidelines.

2. Five Poetry Journal only accepts submissions by email at

3. Please send between 5-10 poems for consideration.

4. Work submitted must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are allowed on the understanding you will contact the editor of Five Poetry Journal as soon as practicable to advise if/when a poem or poems become unavailable.

5. Copyright remains with the poet. When you make a submission to Five Poetry Journal you license Five Poetry Journal to publish any or all of the material on the Five Poetry Journal website.

6. Please paste your submission into the body of your email or send a .pdf document of your work in one document. If you do not have .pdf capabilities please do not send .doc or .rtf documents as these will not be opened.

7. In the subject heading of your email please include the words 'Submission to Five Poetry Journal' and include your name in brackets -- e.g. Submission to Five Poetry Journal (Jim Joyce).

8. Please provide a brief cover letter in the body of your email outlining the poems you are submitting, as well as a 50-75 word biographical note.

9. Please allow up to 3 months for the editor of Five Poetry Journal to respond to your submission.

10. By submitting any contribution you agree that you have read and agreed to the guidelines set out above.

About the editor

Libby Hart’s first collection of poetry, Fresh News from the Arctic received the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize. She is a recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in County Monaghan, Ireland and a DJ O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship at The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne. Her poem, ‘The Briefcase Phenomenon’ was chosen for the inaugural Poetry in Film Festival in 2010 and filmmakers produced short films inspired by it. In the same year This Floating World was devised for stage and performed by Teresa Bell and Gavin Blatchford. These performances received the Shelton Lea Award for Best Group Performance at the 9th Melbourne Overload Poetry Festival Awards. This Floating World is forthcoming through Five Islands Press in 2011.


Please send your submission to

Australian Literature after Mabo Postgraduate Scholarship

Artwork by Bradley James Brown (Private collection)

Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunity:

A 3-year PhD scholarship on any aspect of Indigenous narrative jurisprudence, or Australian Indigenous law and literature, is currently being advertised at the University of Western Australia. This funding has become available as part of an ARC Discovery Grant entitled 'Australian Literature after Mabo.' Details are attached, and are also available online:

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Kieran Dolin (

The New ABR issue is out now!


Testing times for modern publishers

Terri-ann White applauds John B. Thompson’s account of the last fifty years of international trade publishing, Merchants of Culture, while finding his observations on the modern business of books ‘disturbing’ and ‘alarming’.

Purchase the February issue

The biographer’s contract

In her 2010 Seymour Biography Lecture, acclaimed biographer Professor Frances Spalding examines the complex responsibilities involved in authoring another person’s life.

‘… like the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa, biography continues to fascinate with its suggestion of the known and unknown.’

Purchase the February issue

Paul Kelly’s memoir

Anna Goldsworthy finds Melbourne singer–songwriter (and ABR cover star) Paul Kelly’s ‘mongrel memoir’, How to Make Gravy, to be a perfectly played combination of ‘sincerity and slyness’.

Purchase the February issue

The stately deep

James Bradley’s The Penguin Book of the Ocean is deemed a ‘remarkable’ anthology by Gregory Kratzmann, particularly for its daring and ranging use of non-fiction texts.

Read the full review

Gail Jones’s new novel

In addition to its declared titular influence, Felicity Plunkett detects a strong echo of British Modernist fiction in Gail Jones’s ‘ambitious and compelling’ new novel Five Bells.

Purchase the February issue

Further highlights in February

A short story by Josephine Rowe

Shirley Walker on Australian women writers

R.S. White on Shakespeare and sex

David Throsby on copyright

Robert Gibson on film music

Chris Flynn on Australian short fiction

Lisa Gorton on Katherine Mansfield

Peter Craven on Peter Porter


New poems by Ian Templeman and Brendan Ryan

CLICK HERE to view the complete contents of our FEBRUARY 2011 issue.


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Ten new subscribers will receive, courtesy of Random House, a SIGNED COPY of Five Bells, by Gail Jones. In the February issue, Felicity Plunkett describes Jones’s hymn to Kenneth Slessor's poem as ‘captivating ... ambitious and compelling’.


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Australian Book Review seeks applications for an Editorial Intern to help edit, produce and present Australia’s foremost independent literary magazine. This is a unique opportunity for recent university graduates seeking an entrée into publishing.

This Internship – worth $20,000 and supported by the Sidney Myer Fund – is currently the only intensive, paid editorial training program of its kind in Australian publishing.

Applications are due by Friday, 18 February 2011.

Full guidelines and the position desciption are available HERE



W.H. Chong – vaunted Australian book designer – returns to ABR this month with a new cover design and the first in a series of hand-coloured limited edition prints featuring writers and cultural figures.

These prints – signed by Chong and in an edition of twenty – are available for sale: $150 for subscribers, $195 for non-subscribers – plus $10 postage.

The first print in this collectable series (see above), features Australian songwriter and memorist, Paul Kelly.

Phone ABR to place your order: (03) 9429 6700

5. FEBRUARY ADVANCES – Heavenly Promise

Australia can ill afford to lose a cultivated literary magazine such as HEAT, so it was dispiriting to learn of its imminent closure, with the publication of the final issue. Editor Ivor Indyk, in his valedictory editorial, details his reasons for closing the magazine that he created in 1996.

CLICK HERE to read Advances.


If you have anything you’d like to say about ABR or the literary world in general, you can either contribute to our lively letters page with a Letter to the Editor, visit our blog, or post your comment to ABR’s Facebook page.

Happy reading!


11th Biennial European Association for Studies on Australia (EASA) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – UNIVERSITY OF PREŠOV, SLOVAKIA

SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2011

Crossing the Borders: Reality, desire and Imagination in Australian, New Zealand and the Pacific lives, literatures and cultures

In the Humanities “Reality” has become a contested term, given its dependence on widely-differing social and cultural contexts as well as on individuals’ perceptions of material and immaterial objects and phenomena. In recent times new technologies have significantly impacted upon the ways in which realities are produced, consumed and valued. From virtual, hyperreal, simulated and photoshopped realities through re-articulation of ideas of the “natural” via genetic and reproductive technologies, the instability of the concept of reality has ironically meant that its status as an ideological battleground has often emerged more clearly.

The nature and understanding of Australian, New Zealand and Pacific realities in such contexts has become multivalent and frequently ambiguous. The representation of identities in literature, arts and the media in general have oscillated between rationalistic, mimetic and more complex postmodern understandings, the latter especially in recent decades. In the case of Australia, Paul Carter argues that Australian “social and political institutions...literary and visual culture...and [the] treatment of Australia’s indigenous people, [have] been constructed mimetically” (Carter xix). But Bill Ashcroft and John Salter understand Australia as a rhizomic text and suggest that “[w]hat we understand by ‘Australia’ or Australian social reality needs to be ‘re-imagined’, which means that the imperialistic ‘borders’ which now ‘define Australia’ must come to be understood as border ‘zones’, to accommodate the ‘hybridity’ that is a defining feature of the rhizomic text” (Ashcroft and Salter 22). In addition, Livio Dobrez, commenting on the impact of virtual reality and media on the construction of Australia adds that “Australia comes into being for us as a PR excercise, an ‘image’ of national identity, presence in the form of absence” (Dobrez 44).

With such attention focused on what was once a series of loosely-theorised assumptions, there is no going back to simple or simplistic national narratives. Nations, societies and cultures now exist multiply, necessitating the consideration of how realities are perceived, understood and represented by different constituencies. All this is well-accepted in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, but requires the factoring in of the connections between the increasingly cross-border real, imaginary and desired projections of the future generated by border-stretching media technologies and scientific discourses of the alterable and re-created self? How do these new technologies relate to the contemporary formation of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific? Do they in fact reprise the disturbances associated with earlier technological advances or do they present entirely new challenges? How do they relate to current understandings of memory as articulated in such practices as oral storytelling, truth and reconciliation commissions, the use of visual technologies to establish entitlements or records, or even the recourse to DNA testing, means of recording or re-constructing reality and the past in different genres?

This inter-disciplinary and inter-discursive conference accordingly seeks to discuss but is not limited to issues and such themes as:

Reality, desire, and imagination in Australian, New Zealand, and the Pacific

National-Ethnic-Gendered-Local-Migrant perceptions of reality and the future

Crossing the borders of Identity: how real, how imaginary?

Crossing Reality Borders – Reality as Fiction, Fiction as Reality

Colonial, Imperial, Colonized and Native Realities, Fantasies, Dreams and Imaginations

Reality virtual, hyper-real, simulated and media(ted)

Memory and storytelling – how real, how imagined?

Real, Imagined, Dreamed and Mediated Objects and Phenomena-literature, memory, story-telling, media, technology (computers, internet, facebook, DVD, cell phones...) in contemporary culture

Real and Imagined fears of reality and of terror (ism)

Reality, desire and imagination across the genres (realistic-modernist-fantastic-postmodern and....?)

Reality of the Possible and Actual Worlds- Actual, Fictional, Possible and Other Worlds in Literature and Arts

Central and East European Vision of Australian, New Zealand and the Pacific Realities

Unified or diverse images of contemporary and future Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific?


Dobrez, Livio. (ed.). Identifying Australia in Postmodern Times. Canberra: ANU Press, 1994.

Carter, Paul. “Baroque Identities: Migration and Mimicry”. In Dobrez, 1-14.

Ashcroft, Bill & John Salter. “‘Australia’: A Rhizomic Text”. In Dobrez, 15-24.

Dobrez, Livio. “Being Australian: Identity, Identities and Traces of Identities”. In Dobrez, 25-46.

All these topics can be treated from interdisciplinary and/or interdiscursive perspectives,calling upon disciplinary areas such as Cultural, Gender, Indigenous, Sociology, Philosophy, Media and Film, History, Literary, Linguistics, Art or other relevant Studies. The conference will also host writers (to be announced) who will be reading from their work during the conference.

Postgraduate Seminar

One of the aims of the conference is to attract doctoral scholars from Central and Eastern Europe to exchange views on Australian, New Zealand, the Pacific and post-colonial studies in general, with a view to discussing further co-operation under the aegis of EASA.

As has become a tradition of this conference, there will be a meeting and a seminar for post-graduate students dealing with these fields of study. This is still provisional, and is based around lectures and reading specific texts. The seminar may be taken as part of university studies equivalent to a course with a particular number of credits, to be acknowledged by participants’ institutions. Doctoral students are further encouraged to present their papers at the conference (these presentations will not coincide with the seminar programme which will be conceived as a separate activity).


Writers, conference participants, or representatives of publishers will have the opportunity to present their works at the conference


Please e-mail 250-word abstracts to Jaroslav Kušnír by March 30, 2011.

Acceptance of papers will be announced by April 30th, 2011

(participants requiring earlier processing may send in abstracts when ready, indicating their specific needs in this respect)

1 June, 2009 Registration (at early bird fee)

15 July, 2009 Deadline for full registration

Organizing Committee:

doc. PhDr. Jaroslav Kušnír, PhD.

Howard Wolf (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Anton Pokrivčák

Silvia Pokrivčáková

Ivana Cimermenová

Zuzana Straková

Eva Pavličková

Ivana Cimermanová

Magdaléna Rázusová

Eva Eddy

Miloš Blahút

Ivan Štrba

Michal Tatarko

samedi 12 février 2011

Melbourne launch of Etchings Indigenous: Treaty

Illura Press invites you to the launch of Etchings, Australia's most creatively artistic literary journal

Friday, 4 February 2011, 6:30-8:30pm

@ Readings Bookshop, 112 Acland Street St. Kilda

Welcome to Country: Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Speech: Mayor, City of Port Phillip, Cr Rachel Powning
Launched by Tony Birch, author and lecturer

Following on from the success of Etchings Indigenous: Black and Sexy, we are proud to present an entirely new selection of material that once again highlights the depth and diversity of Indigenous writing, art, and culture.

While promoting awareness of Indigenous culture, Etchings Indigenous: Treaty takes the reader into diverse territories, forging connections between all Australians.

The evening is part of the 2011 Yalukit Willam Ngargee Festival, and will include readings by contributing authors. Please feel free to bring friends and family along. We hope to see you there!

If you can't make it to the launch, why not support this important cultural project by ordering a copy at the Special Launch Price of $20.


9 February - 10 April 2011 Art Gallery of New South Wales

The annual ARTEXPRESS exhibition is one of the most popular exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of artworks produced by teenage artists.

Drawn from works submitted for the NSW Higher School Certificate Visual Arts examination, ARTEXPRESS provides insights into students’ creativity and the issues and ideas that are of importance to them. The exhibition presents the independent voice of young people to a large and diverse audience and exemplifies not just their exceptional talent but also the expertise of the Visual Arts teachers who guide them through their studies.

ARTEXPRESS 2011 at the Gallery presents 44 outstanding artworks selected from over 9700 students who sat the HSC Visual Arts exam in 2010. These works include painting, drawing, photomedia, printmaking, textiles and fibre, ceramics, graphic design, time-based works and sculpture.

Leeanne Carr, coordinator of secondary education programs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, says: “This is an exciting and innovative exhibition presenting the wealth of creativity and imagination nurtured in NSW Visual Arts classrooms. This year marks our 28th ARTEXPRESS exhibition at the Gallery.”

This year also marks the first ARTEXPRESS connection project, connecting remote regional Visual Arts students with the Gallery’s exhibition. Leeanne Carr and Dr Susanne Jones, coordinator of ARTEXPRESS at the Department of Education and Training, will discuss the exhibition via video-conferencing and a virtual walk-through. Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the artworks in the exhibition.

For full details of ARTEXPRESS at the Gallery, together with the other Sydney metropolitan venues and regional tour, visit (the 2011 site will be live by 8 February 2011). Information about all the exhibiting artists, along with a virtual exhibition tour and a curator’s talk podcast, can be found here.

ARTEXPRESS is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education and Training and the Board of Studies NSW in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

On view: 9 February – 10 April 2011

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney

Hours: 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week
Art After Hours Wednesday nights until 9pm

Admission: Free