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samedi 30 juillet 2011

OPINION: Water From the Moon reviewed by Igor Maver














Zeitschrift für Australienstudien Nummer 25 2011 has come out and is available for purchase and subscription.

ZfA is the journal of the German Assoc. for Australian Studies. It publishes essays, creative writing, reviews and other relevant info for the Australianist community in English and German.

It has run a review of my monograph on Koch's novels.

For more info about the book, click here:

http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=3&bid=48&font=2

It is very topical given that July is the birthday month of Christopher Koch




SOURCE: Igor Maver, Zeitschrift für Australienstudien 25, 2011, pp.137-140.

Jean-François Vernay, Water from the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch. Youngstown, N.Y.: Cambria Press, 2007, 201 pp.

Christopher Koch, an internationally acclaimed Australian writer and two-time Miles Franklin Award winner, born and educated in Tasmania, has been writing fulltime since 1972. Probably his best known novel is The Year of Living Dangerously, which was made into a highly successful film by the Australian director Peter Weir that was also nominated for an Academy Award. In his book on Koch's writing Jean-François Vernay covers and most minutely analyzes his novels which mostly seem to talk about divisions and contrasts such as illusion and reality, East and West, past and present or the divided and dubious or double identities: from the early novels The Boys in the Island, Across the Sea Wall, The Year of Living Dangerously, The Doubleman, Highways to a War to Out of Ireland. It has to be added, however, that Koch's literary fame at this very moment does not rest solely on The Year of Living Dangerously (1978) set in Indonesia in the 1060s, but also on his most recent well-received spy novel The Memory Room (2007) which came out right at the time of the publication of this monograph under review. In The Memory Room Koch once again, as in several of his novels, interweaves the political and the personal and juggles the double nature of the protagonists, in this particular case the motivations of Vincent (based loosely on Koch long-time friend and in reality a secret agent), who chooses to live the life of an Australian secret intelligence operative.

Koch has been also living in England and is someone who has always been aware of the power of the media, the political intrigue, and Australia's (Austral-Asian) closeness to Asia and its developments. The fictionalization of Asia (as for example in the works by Blanche d'Alpuget, Brian Castro and others) is thus also one of his recurrent themes, although most certainly not the only one. Although Koch disclaims of being a political writer, he is in his novels certainly frequently concerned with Australia's relationship with its Asian neighbours, putting white Australians into tense political scenarios in South-East Asia. He says in a recent interview that »South-East Asia was what you flew over on your way to Europe, now multiculturalism has helped bring us closer…. But it still interests me to see typical Australians dropped into these exotic worlds«.

In the realism in The Boys in the Island (1958) Vernay sees the rise of the Australian poetic novel and it is true that, despite its surface realism, Koch's novel is charting the inward journey of the »failed« character into the irrational forces of the psyche, the landscape of the mind, as Patrick White would have it. In the novel Across the Sea Wall (1965) Koch brings together the two worlds, Australia and Asia, the West meeting the East, which, as Vernay's book clearly shows, starts from the original Orientalist stereotypical construction of otherness, but one that eventually turns into its opposite and mutual respect: »With hindsight, Asia has proved a tremendous success with Australian citizens and has even superseded Europe in terms of identification. It has ceased to embody just mere backdrops to political intrigues in fiction and has gradually been recognized as a strong economic partner … Australians need to deal with on a more intimate level« (52).

Koch's probably most successful novel (and its film adaptation) The Year of Living Dangerously shows his fondness of historical novels but also »a Baroque-inspired Weltanschauung« (83), as Vernay puts it, one that introduces the Indonesian context of the theatre of life with stages, masks, stage effects, plots, puppetry, costumes , and the like, thus relativizing the concepts of illusion/appearances and reality. The novel The Doubleman (1985), a modern fairy-tale, confirmed Koch's reputation, although it together with the Miles Franklin Award also earned him the first academic acerbic attack, accusing him of »xenophobia, male chauvinism, and misanthropy« (91). Vernay's narrative and psychological analysis interestingly leads him to maintain that »The Doubleman, very much like the original function of the Doppelgänger, is therefore an evil figure, which highlights a spiritual conflict within Man. Yet, …, the Double-man does not take over the identity of his victim as he is only interested in the individual's soul« (102). He furthermore draws the conclusion that in several of Koch's novels the »flawed personalities in search of their alter egos must renounce to their sui generis identities and become their models' shadows in order to feel complete« (106). Moreover, Vernay correctly maintains that within the Australian context the use of an exclusively male alter ego figure may well just be a literary expression of the cult of male mateship, derived on the one hand from the hostile reality of bush life for men without female companionship and on the other from the idealisation of the laconic and lone male that in a new land in this way rebels to authority.

In The Doubleman the Australian postcolonial dilemma is clearly played out; the question of the transplanted or rather the translated Europe in the Antipodes Vernay concludes in favour of the latter. The novel Out of Ireland (1999) deals with the recurrent Australian collective trauma, the one-time penal colony of Van Diemen's Land (formely Tasmania), which is depicted as a land of terror and, better still, »the land of the damned or as a terrestrial Hell – which generated the anti-Eden myth on which the palimpsest of the national psyche has been fleshed out layer upon layer« (153). Vernay brilliantly juxtaposes Dante's The Divine Comedy and Out of Ireland and concludes that Koch updated one of the founding myths of Judeo-Christian belief, namely man's condemnation. Koch may not have written »Christian novels«, as Vernay writes, yet he also sees in the last two Koch's novels discussed the writer's expression of the need for the expiation of sins, spiritual distress and »the crisis in religion« (172).

Jean-François Vernay in his book-length study of Koch demonstrates persuasively and with an assured literary critical hand how some of his novels owe a lot to certain classic hypotexts, ancient epics such as for example, The Reincarnation of Rama (an Indonesian religious play), or Dante's Divine Comedy, and how reality is and always will be a social and cultural construct: illusion and reality are thus constantly in an ambiguous relationship. He is right in discovering a sense of bovarysme in the novels discussed, as well as »an undeniable postcolonial dimension, which challenges the Eurocentric perspective on Australia« (174). It is owing to his fine in-depth study of Christopher Koch's literary oeuvre that we got a much needed monograph of his work, which has for over a decade, due to Koch's alleged conservatism, anti-postmodernism and even male chauvinistic treatment of certain women characters, fallen from the trendy literary grace in Australia. Koch is, regardless of this, a great Australian literary author, despite some of the downsides that Vernay does not sweep under the carpet; rather, he certainly makes an excellent scholarly case for Christopher Koch's writing.

By IGOR MAVER.

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My very last article on Koch was published in the following postcolonial collection of articles:

White Nation Fantasy, the Imperialistic Streak, and the Lingering Empire. A Contrapuntal Reading of Christopher Koch’s Fiction”, in Perennial Empires: Postcolonial, Transnational, and Literary Perspectives, Chantal Zabus & Silvia Nagy-Zekmi (eds.). Amherst/ New York: Cambria Press, 2011, 153-167.

To order your copy, click here:

http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=4&bid=431

Abstract:

Regarded as one of Australia’s leading novelists, Christopher Koch wrote seven novels set in his native Australia and in Asia, all characterized by an adventurous and nomadic protagonist yearning for another land. Despite his Asia novels, Koch may be thought of as a Caucasian writer clinging to the idea of a White Australia pining for Europe, as attested by Out of Ireland and The Many-Coloured Land. This chapter analyses Koch’s literary representations of Australia by questioning his whitewashed hybridity. The novelist’s Eurocentric fantasies liberally sprinkled throughout his Asia novels could be taken as evidence of a lingering Empire at the forefront of his mind while fostering and publicising imperialistic ideologies that may well rekindle colonial tensions and revive interest in the “dying colonial world”.


Synopsis:

Cet article sur les quatre romans de l’Asie de Christopher Koch (Across the Sea Wall, The Year of Living Dangerously, Highways to a War et The Memory Room) nous conduit à nous interroger sur la perception européocentrique de ses personnages principaux. En m’inspirant de la théorie postcoloniale, je tente de démontrer que ce « fantasme de la nation blanche » trahit la présence d’une idéologie impérialiste dans l’œuvre de Koch.

Praise for the book:

URL : http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=3&bid=48&font=2

Reviews: Susan Wyndham, Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum) 31/02-01/03/2007, p.30; Chad Habel, Australian Book Review 293, 07-8/2007, pp.57-8; Sue Ryan Fazilleau, Correspondances océaniennes 6: 2, 11/2007, p.34; CA Cranston, JASAL 7, 2007, pp.116-21; Paul Sharrad, Postcolonial Text 3: 4, 2007, online; Paul Genoni, Australian Literary Studies 23: 4, 10/2008, pp.493-6; Richard Carr, Antipodes 23: 2, 12/2009, pp.224-5; Igor Maver, Zeitschrift für Australienstudien 25, 2011, pp.137-140;

Comments (excerpts)

Chad Habel, Australian Book Review 293, July/ August 2007, pp.57-8.

“This is an important book, and a valuable contribution to what correctly identifies as a neglected area in Australian literary studies… Water from the Moon is a testament to the richness of Koch’s work and to the difficulty in analyzing, categorizing or pigeonholing it. It is a fitting (but backhanded) tribute to an author who has always vocally opposed the appropriation of his work for political, social or ideological ends.”

Sue Ryan Fazilleau, Correspondances Océaniennes 6: 2 (dir. Christophe AUGIAS), novembre 2007, p.34 : “…un livre important qui comble de façon compétente une lacune reconnue dans la critique littéraire australienne contemporaine”.

Paul Sharrad, Postcolonial Text 3: 4, 2007 : “Another valuable feature of Water from the Moon is its bringing Koch commentary up to date, with chapters on Highways to a War and Out of Ireland. Vernay is to be commended on pushing through the post-thesis trough to produce this study.”

URL : http://journals.sfu.ca/pocol/index.php/pct/article/view/827/511

CA Cranston, JASAL 7, 2007, pp. 116-21 : “…Water from the Moon is, importantly, relevant and topical…”

URL : http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/jasal/article/view/649

Paul Genoni, Australian Literary Studies 23: 4, October 2008, 493-6.: “… Water from the Moon has considerable merit. At a time when single author studies are out of favour, it is reassuring to find an account of a major Australian author that is timely, thorough and generally persuasive.”

Richard Carr, Antipodes 23: 2, December 2009, 224-25. : By the close of Water from the Moon, Vernay has succeeded in his goal of giving Koch his due as a complex artist, even as he has achieved a corollary aim: to send readers to the author and his books.

Commentaire de Christopher Koch, publié sur le site internet de Cambria Press : “Jean-François Vernay has written an interesting study of my work, informed by a particular set of theories concerning the nature of literature. This is natural; every critic, like every creative writer, works within the framework of his own beliefs. In doing so, Dr. Vernay pursues his themes with considerable thoroughness, relating them to the broader topic of Australian literature in the 20th century in a way which should be of interest to other scholars in the field – and to anyone who is concerned with Australian writing, both at home and abroad. His book should provoke thought and discussion; and for this, I welcome it.”


mercredi 27 juillet 2011

On the joys of being a writer


Last Tuesday I came home after a hard day's work and was pleasantly surprised when I found a parcel lying on my threshold. It was sent from overseas by writer Richard-Warren Strong. It contained a kind note expressing his esteem for Panorama du roman australien (Hermann, 2009), which he read in French, along with 2 of his most recent books: Mayday (Publibook, 2005) & North of Northwest Cape (Publibook, 2010). It reminded me that weeks earlier Philip Salom sent me 2 of his books in appreciation of The Great Australian Novel -- A Panorama (Brolga, 2010), an essay in which I discuss his novels. I am in the process of completing the reading of Keepers (Puncher & Wattmann, 2010) and will then read The Well Mouth (Fremantle Press, 2005). I therefore would like to express my heartfelt thanks to my fellow writers for showing that much support and publicizing my essay on Australian fiction in their circle of friends. I am also grateful to Nicholas Jose for writing the sneak preview that introduces my book and to academics worlwide who have shown their support. I wish to pay homage to Jane O'Hara, Director of BWF, for giving me a unique experience, that of attending an Australian literary festival (at least once in my lifetime!), and apologies if The Great Australian Novel -- A Panorama (Brolga, 2010) was not made available at that time, back in September 2010. Special thanks to Jean-Jacques Garnier, who was then a French cultural attaché based in Sydney, for organizing this unforgettable 2010 Australia tour (that felt like being on cloud nine).

Moreover, I would like to thank all the creative writers who had shared the information related to my book on their Facebook walls: James Bradley, Chris Womersley, Beth Yahp, Delia Falconer, Elif Batuman, Philip Salom, John Birmingham, Lucy Sussex, Maria MJ Hyland, Michael Robotham, Matthew Condon, Sallie Muirden, Terri Janke, Sophie Masson, Sophie Cunningham, Tom Jokinen, Sue Woolfe, Yu Ouyang, Nam Le, Mandy Sayer, among others...

A big kiss to Sue Woolfe for launching the book in Sydney and my fondest regards to Charles and Christa Billich for organizing an exquisite launch in their gallery. My deepest appreciation goes to all men and women of letters who had shown their appreciation for my books in their reviews: Peter Pierce, Nicholas Birns, Xavier Pons, Simon Caterson, Marie Ramsland (who got in touch with me to offer a translation of the original edition), Maurice Blackmann, etc.

Incidentally, without the private initiative of Marie Ramsland (who is not an Australianist herself, but who nevertheless takes her literary heritage seriously) and the expertise of Brolga publishing, the book WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN available in English. I tend to think that readers owe Marie one. And so do I.

I shall not forget all the publications that ran reviews of the English and French editions of my book:

Simon Caterson, The Age (A2), 14/02/2009, p.21; Sylviane Soulard, Episodes, 06/2009, pp.56-60; Roland Rossero, Les Infos 347, 03/07/2009, p.4; Xavier Pons, Anglophonia/ Caliban 25, 2009, pp.515-7; Maurice Blackman, Explorations : A Journal of French/Australian Connections 47, 12/2009, pp.41-2; Michel Feith, Erea 7.2 (2010), en ligne; Marie Ramsland, LINQ 36, (2009), 185-90 ; Ludivine Royer, Postcolonial Text 5: 4 (2009), en ligne ; Peter Pierce The Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum), 21/05/2011, p.35; James Ley, The Weekend Australian (Spectrum), 11-2/06/2011, p.21


And as a good Sydney friend said, "Disregard the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The writing is good and the spirit is strong. Bon courage". Thanks heaps Geoff E.


My heartfelt thanks also go to ALL OF my supportive friends. (By the way, the fabulous pic of Duri, NSW, that is just above was taken by James M.)

I can consider myself truly blessed....A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL.

I shall never forget these tokens of your support and friendship!

Finally, I would like to share with you all this delightful video clip my friend Nat put on his Facebook page:

http://www.youtube.com/theshipsongproject

Feel free to join me on Facebook.


Journal Launch: Verandah 26 on Sat 27th


Place: Federation Square (Exact location to be advised), Melbourne, Australia.



Time: Sat 27th 1pm-3pm






The Verandah Journal team invites you to come along, eat some nibbles, drink some wine and enjoy the launching of the literary masterpiece:
Verandah 26.
Looking forward to your company (all are more than welcome to attend).

lundi 25 juillet 2011

Exhibition: Barry Dickins 28th July














Bridget McDonnell Gallery

next exhibition in Carlton is

Modern Australian Paintings, Drawings and Prints

catalogues should go out early next week

bridgart@optusnet.com.au

Carlton hours: by appointment between exhibitions

samedi 23 juillet 2011

L'Australie dans l'Encyclopaedia Universalis


Bonjour à tous,

L'article dans l'Encyclopaedia Universalis est signé Xavier Pons:

"L'Australie, île-continent située entre l'océan Pacifique sud et l'océan Indien, ne compte que 20,7 millions d'habitants (2006) sur un territoire de 7 682 300 kilomètres carrés. Le territoire australien est une partie de l'ancien Gondwana et fut habité il y a 60 000 ans par des populations venues de l'ancien continent de Sahul, aujourd'hui l'Asie.…" Lire la suite


Savoir plus :http://www.universalis.fr/auteurs/xavier-pons/

vendredi 22 juillet 2011

Memorial Ferguson Lecture Reading in Colonial Australia


The Council of the Royal Australian Historical Society
invites you to the
2011 Memorial Ferguson Lecture
Reading in Colonial Australia





Delivered by
Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Webby, AM, FAHA


The 2011 RAHS Ferguson Memorial Lecture will look at the colonial period in
Australia from 1788 until 1901, a time of immense change in the publishing
world as continued improvements in printing and associated technologies
enabled an increased production of cheaper and cheaper books, newspapers
and magazines.

Tuesday 16 August, 2011
5.30pm for 6.00pm, with light refreshments on arrival
Ferguson Hall, St Stephen’s Uniting Church
Macquarie Street, Sydney
Entry is free
Donations welcomed

Bookings essential: RAHS Office on (02) 9247 8001 or admin@rahs.org.au

This lecture commemorates the life of the late Sir John Ferguson, former judge
of the NSW Industrial Commission, who was also a remarkable book collector
and bibliographer. His personal collection comprising some 34 000 items, is
now the largest private collection in the National Library's possession.

Les nouvelles calédoniennes: Anita Heiss et le roman australien


Retrouvez en page 10 du quotidien Les Nouvelles calédoniennes dans l'édition du 23/07/2011 un entretien exclusif avec Anita Heiss qui sera bientôt à Nouméa :

"Auteur et poète engagé, Anita Heiss a écrit « Qui suis-je ? » en hommage à toute une génération d’Aborigènes enlevés de leurs familles d’origine, jusque dans les années soixante-dix. Elle sera à Nouméa le mois prochain."
Savoir plus:

http://www.lnc.nc/article/pays/%C2%AB-redonner-de-la-fierte-%C2%BB


Sur la même page, dans le coin lecture, "LUS POUR VOUS", on notera une recension de mon ouvrage (en visuel):

"Ouvrage de référence indispensable pour tous les lecteurs qui s'intéressent à la littérature australienne, ce livre est construit comme un DVD avec une bande-annonce, prologue et bonus. Plus de 170 titres sont répertoriés avec un découpage chronologique en six périodes au sein duquel des rapprochements thématiques permettent d'aller directement vers ses affinités: époque coloniale, postmodernisme... Dans chaque chapitre, des inserts permettent d'approfondir un auteur ou un thème: un gros plan sur un livre, une contre-plongée sur un auteur important, un panoramique permettant d'embrasser toute la carrière d'un écrivain... Pour tout public."


L'ouvrage est disponible en vente directe chez Calédolivres (Place des cocotiers), parmi les libraires de la place.

jeudi 21 juillet 2011

Parution : 28 secondes en 2012 par Yann Yoro


Le roman de Yann Yoro, 28 secondes... en 2012, est en ligne depuis le 20 mai dernier sur le site didactibook.com

Le livre entraîne le lecteur dans un voyage fabuleux à l'intérieur de son propre organisme comme l'avait fait le sous-marin miniaturisé du film "Le voyage fantastique" en 1966 (mais avec les moyens et les connaissances d'aujourd'hui...), ainsi que dans 28 endroits du monde sélectionnés pour leur beauté naturelle, leur activité fourmillante, ou leur aura mystique.

Chacun des 28 chapitres est divisé en deux : une première courte section qui sera le fil conducteur du roman et dans lequel nous effectuerons 28 plongeons spectaculaires dans le corps de Jivan - un Indien qui rentre chez lui près de Mumbai (l'ancienne Bombay), après un voyage initiatique à travers le monde -, et une seconde partie dans laquelle nous suivrons un personnage se situant en un autre point de la Planète, et qui va vivre un moment de transformation radicale dans sa vie.

Une éclipse annulaire de Soleil qui dessinera un magnifique sourire de lumière sur la planète le 20 mai 2012 sera, tout comme le mystérieux nombre 28, le déclencheur de ces transmutations spirituelles.

2012 ne sera pas la fin du monde, mais le début d'une nouvelle ère..


Il est à noter que le tome 1 comporte 14 chapitres, mais celui sur l'Australie est le 21ème, il faudra attendre encore un peu pour qu'il soit en ligne.
Cela dit, le chapitre 8 qui se passe au Vanuatu évoque en passant l'Australie et l'époque du Blackbirding.


Pour en savoir plus et lire quelques extraits :

http://www.didactibook.com/produit/27437/9782953919202/28%20secondes%20%20en%202012

http://www.facebook.com/yann.yoro?sk=notes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1X189sd-EI

At Lawsons : Australian Prints and Works on Paper

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Friday 22 July 2011 Starting at 9.30am
am
Viewing : Thusday 21 July1pm - 6.30pm & day of sale from 8am

mercredi 20 juillet 2011

Recherche de Jean-François VERNAY

Grands axes de recherche

Commonwealth – Australie – littérature et théorie postcoloniales – Océanie – théorie et genres littéraires (le bildungsroman, la littérature grunge, le roman historique, le récit australasiatique, le roman gay, etc.) – histoire littéraire – édition – effets de la mondialisation – roman contemporain – représentations culturelles et littéraires – identités et identifications – affects – l’esprit – psychanalyse – philosophie –

Publications : travaux, articles, ouvrages, réalisations

Edition

2009 Codirection (en collaboration avec Nathanael O’Reilly) d’un numéro spécial de Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature Special Issue : Fear in Australian Literature and Film 23:1.

URL: http://www.australianliterature.org/Antipodes_Recent_Issues.htm

“But it seems time now to comment on some exciting developments in Australian Studies. I would be remiss if the last issue of Antipodes, an exciting special issue on Fear edited by two rising stars in the field, Nathanael O’Reilly and Jean-François Vernay, was not at the top of the list. This issue heralds an enhanced interdisciplinary and transnational direction for the journal, which will be heightened by the special Latin America/Caribbean issue announced for December 2010.”

Nicholas Birns, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature 23:2, Dec 2009, 108.

* * * * *

2002-2006 : Direction d’une revue culturelle.

Mise en place un semestriel culturel thématique afin de démocratiser les études menées en Océanie. Depuis sa création, Correspondances océaniennes a publié les contributions de nombreux spécialistes sur des thèmes aussi divers que la femme, la jeunesse, la nature, la mémoire, les littératures, le corps, la création, l’image, l’Australie, les départs, les insularités et les inscriptions. Depuis sa création, ont été publiés :

- les auteurs australiens suivants : Robyn Walton, Alexis Wright, Anita Heiss, Stephen Mueke, David Williamson et Terri Janke

- de nombreux articles sur des écrivains postcoloniaux aussi variés que Sia Figiel, Christopher Koch, David Malouf, Colin Johnson et Alan Duff

- des entretiens avec Sia Figiel, Larry Thomas, Janette Turner Hospital et Alan Duff

Ouvrages en tant qu’auteur unique

Fév. 2009 Panorama du roman australien des origines à nos jours. Collection Savoirs Lettres créée par Michel Foucault, puis dirigée par Arthur Cohen et Patrick Née, Paris: Hermann, 2009, 250 pp.

URL: http://www.editions-hermann.fr/voirRevue.php?revueid=2617&menu=&prodid=664&lang=fr

Recensions: Simon Caterson, The Age (A2), 14/02/2009, p.21; Sylviane Soulard, Episodes, 06/2009, pp.56-60; Roland Rossero, Les Infos 347, 03/07/2009, p.4; Xavier Pons, Anglophonia/ Caliban 25, 2009, pp.515-7; Maurice Blackman, Explorations : A Journal of French/Australian Connections 47, 12/2009, pp.41-2; Michel Feith, Erea 7.2 (2010), en ligne; Marie Ramsland, LINQ 36, (2009), 185-90 ; Ludivine Royer, Postcolonial Text 5: 4 (2009), en ligne ; Peter Pierce The Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum), 21/05/2011, p.35; James Ley, The Weekend Australian (Spectrum), 11-2/06/2011, p.21

Traduction : The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama, traduction de Marie Ramsland (Melbourne: Brolga, 2010) et avant-propos de Nicholas Jose.

Août 2007 Water From the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch. New York: Cambria Press, 204 pp.

URL : http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=3&bid=48&font=2

Recensions: Susan Wyndham, Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum) 31/02-01/03/2007, p.30; Chad Habel, Australian Book Review 293, 07-8/2007, pp.57-8; Sue Ryan Fazilleau, Correspondances océaniennes 6: 2, 11/2007, p.34; CA Cranston, JASAL 7, 2007, pp.116-21; Paul Sharrad, Postcolonial Text 3: 4, 2007, online; Paul Genoni, Australian Literary Studies 23: 4, 10/2008, pp.493-6; Richard Carr, Antipodes 23: 2, 12/2009, pp.224-5;


Articles pour des revues et ouvrages internationaux avec comité de lecture/ Articles in international peer-reviewed journals and books

1 – “Only Disconnect – Canonizing Homonormative Values: Representation and the Paradox of Gayness in Christos Tsiolkas’s Loaded”, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature 20 : 1 (New-York), juin 2006, 7-11.

2 – “Sex in the City: Sexual Predation in Contemporary Australian Grunge Fiction”, AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association 107, (Sydney), mai 2007, 145-58.

3 - “C.J.Koch’s Novels: From Fiction to Friction – Fictional Reality Strikes Back”. Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature 21: 1 (New York), juin 2007, 7-9.

3 bis - “Fictional Reality Strikes Back. C.J.Koch’s Novels from Fiction to Friction”. In Amit Sarwal & Reema Sarwal (dirs.) Fact & Fiction: Readings in Australian Literature, New Delhi: Authorspress, 2008, 27-41. Article cité supra, repris dans sa version originale.

4 - ““From Context to Text: Peter Carey’s Monstrous Creation in My Life as a Fake”. Lemuria: A Research Journal of Indo-Australian Studies 2: 1 (Ajmer), numéro sous la direction de Bruce Bennett, 2008, 5-18.

5 – Avec Nathanael O’Reilly, “Terror Australis Incognita?: An Introduction to Fear in Australian Literature and Film”, in Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature. Special Issue: Fear in Australian Literature and Film 23: 1 (New York), juin 2009, 5-9.

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

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

URL: http://www.brandl.com.au/Southerly/southerly%20longpaddock/2-2009/Jachs.htm

8 - White Nation Fantasy, the Imperialistic Streak, and the Lingering Empire. A Contrapuntal Reading of Christopher Koch’s Fiction”, in Perennial Empires: Postcolonial, Transnational, and Literary Perspectives, Chantal Zabus & Silvia Nagy-Zekmi (eds.). Amherst/ New York: Cambria Press, 2011, 153-167.


Articles pour des revues et ouvrages nationaux avec comité de lecture/ Articles in national peer-reviewed journals and books

1 - "Des victuailles aux entrailles : entre Copia et Inopia, la sociabilité chez Carey et Koch". In Sonia Lacabanne (dir.), Les vivres et le vivre en Océanie/ Food, nourishment and lifestyle in Oceania (Nouméa : CORAIL & UNC, 2003), 124-39.

2 - "Du jeu de la création à la création du je. L’enfant dans les romans de C.J.Koch". L’enfant en Océanie: Regards sur les enfants, regards d’enfants (Nouméa : CORAIL & UNC, 2004), 117-31.

3 – "Les ombres du royaume à la lumière du postcolonialisme : les romans de C.J.Koch". In Sonia Faessel & Michel Pérez (dir.), Littératures d’émergence et mondialisation (Paris : In Press/ Colloque de la FILLM Nouméa 2003, 2004), 319-37.

4 - “Projections and Utopianism in Contemporary Australian Fiction: Toward an Exploration of the Paranoid Mind”. Alizés : Revue angliciste de la Réunion 33, 2010, 183-199.

Diffusion de la recherche

Articles grand public/ Articles for the general reader.

1 - "Les Bildunsgromane de Christopher Koch : de la formation à la transformation", Correspondances océaniennes 1 : 2 (Nouméa), octobre 2002, 26-9.

2 - "La critique littéraire en Australie", Correspondances océaniennes 2 (Nouméa), Hors-série, octobre 2003, 21-4.

3 - "‘Des hommes traduits’ : Les Australiens, de la copie à l’original", Correspondances océaniennes 3 : 1, avril 2004, 13-4.

4 – "Penser/ Panser les ‘blessures de l’histoire’ : Colin Johnson et sa (re)présentation littéraire de la colonisation", Correspondances océaniennes 4 : 1, octobre 2005, 25-6.

5 - "Survol du roman australien : de sa naissance à nos jours", Correspondances océaniennes 6 : 2, novembre 2007, 23-6.

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

Entretiens/ Interviews

1 - "Entretien avec Sia Figiel", (trad.: "An interview with Sia Figiel") Correspondances océaniennes 1 : 1 (Nouméa), mars 2002, 28-9.

2 - ‘Repetition and Colonial Variation on the Europe Theme: An Interview with Christopher J.Koch’. Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature 17 : 2, décembre 2003, 114-7.

3 – “An Interview with Alexis Wright”. Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature 18 : 2, décembre 2004, 119-22.

4 - "Entretien avec Janette Turner Hospital", Correspondances océaniennes 4 : 1, oct. 2005, 29-30.

5 - “An Interview with Christos Tsiolkas”, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature 20 : 1, juin 2006, 38-40.

6 - “‘An intelligent conversation of a structured kind’ with Antoni Jach”, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature 22: 1, June 2008, 56-62. Entretien réédité dans Etchings 5, Melbourne, août 2008, 30-46.

Recensions/ Book reviews

1 – “Rose Zwi's Speak the Truth, Laughing, Journal of Australian Studies: “Sojourners and strangers” 77, St Lucia/ Perth, UQP/ Curtin University of technology (2003), 170-2.

2 – “Revisiting Europe and the Past: Koch's 'Home-Sweet-Home' Truths”, Antipodes 17: 1 (June 2003), 72-3.

3 – “Island and Otherland, by Noel Henricksen”, Australian Literary Studies 21: 2, St Lucia, Queensland (October 2003), 227-8.

4 – “Philip Salom’s Toccata and Rain”, Journal of Australian Studies, Perth (2004). Sur internet.

5 – “Murnane Makes it Plain: The Truth is Out There”, Antipodes 18: 2 (December 2004), 179-80.

6 – “A.L. McCann and the Esperectomic Generation”, Journal of Australian Studies (May 2006). Sur internet.

7 – Fabulating Beauty, Andreas Gaile (ed.)”, Australian Literary Studies 22: 3 (May 2006), 399-401.

8 – “Chantal Zabus, Tempests After Shakespeare”, AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association 107 (mai 2007), 159-61.

9 –“Joy Damousi, Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia”, Journal of Humanities 31, Taiwan (juillet 2007), 313-19.

10 – “Globalise this!”, Nicholas Birns & Rebecca McNeer (eds.): A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900, Overland 192 (Printemps 2008), 93.

11 – “Carey Takes Centre-Stage in France. Sue Ryan-Fazilleau, Peter Carey et la quête postcoloniale d’une identité australienne", LINQ 35, (décembre 2008), 129-31.

12 – “The Memory Room, by Christopher Koch”, In/Stead 2 (Hiver 2008), 2 pp. Sur internet.

13 – “Ken Gelder & Paul Salzman. After the Celebration: Australian Fiction 1989-2007, JASAL 9 (2009), 4 pp. Sur internet.

14 – “Salhia Ben-Messahel (dir.). Des frontières de l’interculturalité. Etude pluridisciplinaire de la représentation culturelle : Identité et Altérité". Erea 7.1 (15 juillet 2009), 3 pp. Sur internet.

15 – “Messengers of Eros: Representations of Sex in Australian Writing by Xavier Pons”, Erea 7.2 (2010), 3 pp. Sur internet.

16 – “The Secret Lives of Them. Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap", LINQ 36, (2009), 183-5.

17 – “The Literature of Australia by Nicholas Jose (ed.) & The Cambridge History of Australian Literature by Peter Pierce (ed.)”, CERCLES, (mai 2010), 3 pp. Sur internet.

18 – “Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature by Nathanael O’Reilly (ed.), CERCLES, (mai 2011). Sur internet.

Distinctions et invitations

Février 2011 Invité à Paris par la Province Sud de la Nouvelle-Calédonie pour donner une conférence à Paris.

Septembre 2010 Invité au Brisbane Writer’s Festival par Jane O’Hara, son organisatrice.

Septembre 2010 Invité à faire un cycle de conférences en français dans les alliances françaises de Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adélaïde Perth, & Brisbane par Jean-Jacques Garnier, Attaché culturel à l’Ambassade de France de Sydney, afin de promouvoir Panorama du roman australien des origines à nos jours.

Janvier 2010 Invité à Sydney par Robert Dixon pour présenter une communication au colloque Reading Across the Pacific.

Janvier 2010 Invité à Paris par la Province Sud de la Nouvelle-Calédonie pour donner une conférence à la Maison de la Nouvelle-Calédonie à Paris.

Décembre 2009 Lauréat du Prix Thèse-Pac, dans la catégorie Grand Jury (Pacifique Sud-Australasie : Prix Jean-Pierre Piérard, pour ma thèse sur l’œuvre romanesque de Koch.

Septembre 2009 Invité au Salon International du Livre Océanien 2009, Poindimié, Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Septembre 2007 Invité au Salon International du Livre Océanien 2007, Hienghène, Nouvelle-Calédonie.