mardi 27 novembre 2012

Conference "The Creative Word" May 2013

Dear colleagues and friends,

This is to remind you that the deadline for submitting your abstract along with a short bio for the forthcoming Conference

"The Creative Word: Partnership Studies in World Literatures in English" (Lecce, 15-16-17 May 2013) is January 15 2013.

I am therefore attaching a copy of the call for papers and you may find further information at the following website:

I would also like to inform you that during the 3-day conference there will be a special session dedicated to the memory of Bruce Bennett, Emeritus Professor at UNSW-ADFA, Canberra, in recognition of his leading role in the development of Australian Studies around the world. He expressed a 
special interest in Italy and, as an outstanding critic, encouraged   and
promoted Australian literature by inspiring numerous students and scholars. Accordingly this dedicated session will revolve around his favourite themes:

A Sense of Place
Spies and Spying
The Role of Literary Magazines
Asian Literature in English

We look forward to welcoming you to Lecce next year,

Kind regards,
Antonella Riem Natale
Maria Renata Dolce
Stefano Mercanti
Caterina Colomba

CFP: Australian Literature: The Road Ahead 2013 Emerging Approaches Conference

Australian Literature: The Road Ahead 2013 Emerging Approaches Conference
Thursday 20th - Friday 21st June 2013
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

In the first twelve years of the twenty-first-century, Australian literary scholarship has witnessed the continued rise of Indigenous, multicultural and globally-focused works, the prominence of postcolonial, cross-cultural and eco-critical perspectives, the consolidation of studies of children's literature, the digitalisation of texts and resource materials, a greater focus on publishing and funding issues as well as AustLit tertiary visibility, and the challenge of newer genres such as graphic novels, video-game narratives and poetry slams to methodology and canonicity.
'Australian Literature: The Road Ahead' seeks to examine trends, manifestations and solidifications in Australian writing and modes of analysis which reveal new research frontiers. Established scholars, Early Career Researchers (up to five years post-PhD) and Higher Degree by Research (PhD) students are all encouraged to apply. Contributors are invited to frame their topic in terms of 'the road'. Etymologically derived from Old English rād, meaning 'riding, expedition, raid' and later 'open way between two places', here it may include (but is not limited to):
  • Enduring old and new paths, Indigenous songlines and navigations through Country
  • Knowledge, communication and publishing pathways in the expanding and increasingly convergent digital environment
  • Road movies, road-themed documentaries, short films, young adult fiction, picture books, (auto-)biography, drama, picture books
  • Roads as liminal, porous borderlands in 'high literature' and/or popular culture
  • Roads as rites of passage, pilgrimage, quest, annihilation, nihilism or escapism
  • Future horizons, signposts, meldings, companionings, mirages
Papers delivered at this conference will be also eligible for inclusion, after peer-review, in a special Australian Literature edition of New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences published in 2014. (
Call for papers
Send abstracts of up to 300 words at the special conference email with 'Abstract' in the subject line by 8 Feb 2013.
Dr Toby Davidson
Dr Marcelle Freiman
Dr Jane Messer
Dr Victoria Flanagan
Dr Michael Austin (ADFA)

Professor Jill Roe

Dr Chris Cunneen
Professor Nicholas Jose (University of Adelaide)

Dr Bridie McCarthy (Deakin University)
All notifications will be given by mid-March. Conference fee payment system, accommodation on campus information and other details will all be available soon.
Registration per person
$170 Full conference fee
$120 HDR student concession
$100 for attendees also registered with ASAL 2013 'Country' conference (Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga, 3-5 July)
$80 Conference dinner on Thurs 20th June 2013 (speaker Jill Roe)
This conference is funded by royalties from The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature

Esther Erlich | Rapscallions | Opening drinks 3 - 5pm, Saturday 1 December 2012

Please join us for Afternoon drinks   Saturday 1st  December, 3 - 5pm  
PH 03 9509 8292

Exhibition: JODIE WELLS - The Horse

lundi 26 novembre 2012

Happy anniversary Patrick White!

ILLUSTRATION: Patrick White 1960, Louis Kahan

Here's a new publication dealing with Patrick White's works. Congratulations on a fine achievement and to all contributors who have made the cut! 

My heartfelt thanks go to all scholars who have generously supported this project with their time when peer-reviewing the essays (See the Advisory Board of Guest Referees below) or when writing articles and book reviews.

To read my article on Patrick White published in Transnational Literature, click here:


Professor Bill ASHCROFT        
University of NSW

Bill Ashcroft is a founding exponent of post-colonial theory, co-author of The Empire Writes Back, the first text to examine systematically the field of post-colonial studies. He is author and co-author of sixteen books including Post-colonial Transformation (Routledge, 2001); On Post-colonial Futures (Continuum, 2001); Caliban’s Voice (Routledge, 2008), Intimate Horizons (ATF Press, 2009) and over 150 chapters and articles.

Doctor John BESTON                     
University of Queensland
Born in Gundagai NSW, John Beston spent most of his life in the USA, but returned to Australia ten years ago.  He was the first graduate of the University of Sydney to obtain a PhD at Harvard University in English, in medieval studies. He has published widely on Australian Literature. He now works primarily in Old French, translating and publishing on its literature. He is the author of Patrick White within the Western Literary Tradition.

Associate Professor Nicholas BIRNS                         
Eugene Lang College, The New School (New York)

Nicholas Birns is the author of Understanding Anthony Powell (University of South Carolina Press, 2004) and the co-editor of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 (Camden House, 2007), which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book of the year for 2008 and of Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics (Palgrave, 2010). His book, Theory After Theory: An Intellectual History of Literary Theory From 1950 to the Early 21st Century, appeared from Broadview in 2010. 

Doctor David COAD
University of Valenciennes

After a doctorate on the religious metaphysics of Patrick White, obtained at the University of Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle, David Coad published a collection of essays on Patrick White in 1997. Other publications include Gender Trouble Down Under: Australian Masculinities (Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes, 2002) and The Metrosexual: Gender, Sexuality, and Sport (State University of New York Press, 2008).

Professor Simon DURING                       
University of Queensland

Simon During is a literary critic based at the University of Queensland, Australia. His books include Foucault and Literature (Routledge, 1991), Patrick White (Oxford University Press, 1994). Modern Enchantments: The Cultural Power of Secular Magic (Harvard, 2002) and Exit Capitalism: Literary Culture, Theory and Post-Secular Modernity (Routledge, 2010). Against Democracy: Literary Experience in the Era of Emancipations is due to be published in 2012.

Professor Tony HASSALL                 

Emeritus Professor of English Literature, James Cook University,
Honorary Professor, University of Queensland

Tony Hassall has published extensively on Australian Literature and 18th Century English Literature, including books on Randolph Stow, Peter Carey and Henry Fielding.

Associate Professor Ann McCULLOCH
Deakin University

Ann McCulloch teaches Literary Studies and her book on the works of Patrick White and Nietzsche, A Tragic Vision: The Novels of Patrick White  (University of Queensland Press, 1983), heralded her original interest in tragedy and theory. She is Executive Editor of the online journal Double Dialogues and co-convener of associated international conferences. Her most recent book is Dance of the Nomad: A Study of the Selected Notebooks of A. D. Hope

Doctor Elizabeth McMAHON
University of New South Wales

Elizabeth McMahon is a senior lecturer in the English program at the University of New South Wales where she teaches Australian literature and critical theory. She is also co-editor of Southerly, Australia’s oldest literary journal, and with Brigitta Olubas recently edited Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays (Rodopi, 2010).

Doctor Brigitta OLUBAS            
University of New South Wales

Brigitta Olubas is a Senor Lecturer in English at UNSW. With Elizabeth McMahon, she edited Remembering Patrick White (Rodopi 2010). She has published widely in Australian literary and visual culture studies, including most recently on Shirley Hazzard and Raimond Gaita. Her critical study of Shirley Hazzard’s work is due out in 2011 with Cambria Press.

Honorary Research Fellow and
Monash University
Peter Pierce's publications include Australian Melodramas: Thomas Keneally's Fiction (University of Queensland Press, 1995), The Country of Lost Children: An Australian Anxiety (Cambridge University Press, 1999), From Go to Whoa: A Compendium of the Australian Turf (Crossbow Publishing, 1994) and - as editor - The Oxford Literary Guide to Australia (Oxford University Press, 1993) and The Cambridge History of Australian Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

National Museum of Australia

Michael Pickering is the Head of Curatorial and Research with the National Museum of Australia.  His research interests and publications include studies on material culture, cannibalism, hunter-gatherer archaeology and anthropology, heritage management, museum practice, repatriation, and ethics.

Flinders University

Jennifer Rutherford’s research and writing involves psychoanalytic investigations of Australian social, cultural and literary texts. Her works include The Gauche Intruder; Freud, Lacan and the White Australian Imaginary (Melbourne University Press, 2000); Ordinary People, a Film Australia documentary on Australian extreme right movement One Nation, and Halfway House : The Poetics of Australian Spaces (ed. with Barbara Holloway). She is currently co-writing a book: Melancholy Migrations: Travelling with the Negative.

University of Wollongong

Paul Sharrad teaches postcolonial literatures in English with special interests in India and the Pacific. He was editor for the CRNLE Reviews Journal and New Literatures Review and is currently New Literatures editor for The Year’s Work in English Studies. His books are on Raja Rao, Albert Wendt and Postcolonial Literary history and the Indian English novel and he has published on Australian, Caribbean, and South East Asian writing as well. He is working on the construction of literary careers with focus on Thomas Keneally.

Professor Déborah SCHEIDT

Déborah Scheidt was one of the first researchers of Patrick White in Brazil when she wrote her M.A. dissertation "All the Difference in the World: Aspects of Alterity in Three Novels by Patrick White" in 1997. Nowadays she is writing her Ph.D. thesis comparing the portrayals of the "sertão" and the outback in Brazilian and Australian literatures.

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Cheryl Stobie has been lecturing in English Studies on the Pietermaritzburg campus since 1985. She has published widely on topics including postcolonialism, gender,
sexuality, religion and spirituality. She is the author of Somewhere in the Double Rainbow: Representations of Bisexuality in Post-Apartheid Novels (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007) and is Associate Editor for Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, published bi-annually by Routledge.

Doctor Jean-François VERNAY                 

Jean-François Vernay is the author of three monographs: Water from the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch (Cambria Press, 2007); Panorama du roman australien des origines à nos jours (Paris : Hermann, 2009) translated as The Great Australian Novel– A Panorama (Brolga, 2010); and an essay on fiction, literary theory, criticism and emotions: Plaidoyer pour un renouveau de l’émotion en littérature (Paris: Complicités, 2012). His first fiction, Un doux petit rêveur, will be published in September by Les 2 encres.

The year 2012 marks the centenary of the birth of Australia’s Nobel-prize winning author Patrick White who died just over twenty years ago. Since his death, White’s critical reputation has suffered somewhat, although there are signs now of renewed interest in his work. Cercles, the major French online journal for academic work in the field of Anglophone studies, will dedicate a special issue to Patrick White in 2012 in order to celebrate the centenary of the author.
Submissions for papers to be included in this issue are called for, especially, but not only, from non-Australia based scholars.
Papers can address any major aspect of White’s fiction including, for example, transnational perspectives, regional aspects, metaphysics, myth-making, recognition (including a discussion of the Patrick White award), aesthetics or representations of Indigenous Australians. Papers that address and theorise gender, sexuality and queer readings of White’s work are also welcome.
Proposals of book reviews on Patrick White scholarship are also solicited.
Please submit an abstract of up to 200 words simultaneously to both Editors (details provided below) as soon as possible. Full length essays will be expected by the end of March 2012. The Chicago Manual of Style is the guide for referencing.

Vale Bryce Courtenay (1933-2012)

'For me this country has meant everything. 'Everything!’ So said the late Bryce Courtenay following his appointment as Canberra’s Australia Day Ambassador earlier this year (Canberra Times, 26 January 2012). The South African-born Courtenay migrated to Australia as a young man in 1958. He worked in advertising for more than three decades before turning to a career as a writer. His first book, The Power of One (1989), was the first of a series of international bestsellers.
Courtenay’s punishing researching and writing schedule enabled him to publish a new title almost annually. Although not embraced by the literary establishment, Courtenay’s novels were much loved (and much anticipated) by readers, as evidenced by sales of over 20 million books.
Best known for his novels such as The Potato Factory (1995) and Jessica (1997), Courtenay also wrote non-fiction, short stories and children’s books. April Fool’s Day (1993) told of Courtenay’s anguish over his son Damon’s death from AIDS, The Family Frying Pan (1997) related mostly Russian-themed stories and Courtenay provided editorial input for the publication of Roy Kyle’s 2003 autobiography An ANZAC’s Story. Less widely known is a series of children’s books Courtenay wrote in 1997 with Geoff Pike. The Yowie series, featuring an array of mythical characters such as ‘Rumble the Redgum Yowie’, promoted a chocolate figurine manufactured by Cadbury Australia.
Courtenay described himself as ‘essentially an entertainer and a storyteller’. He chose not to directly address claims about the accuracy of his version of his early years in South Africa. Instead, he said, ‘Judge me on what I have done here and what I have said here and what I have been here and what contribution, if any, I've made whilst I've been here. That's what concerns me, not my childhood.’ (‘Bryce Courtenay: Australia’s Master Storyteller’).
Courtenay was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995 and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra in September 2012. He died at his Canberra home, aged 79, just days after the publication of his final novel Jack of Diamonds.

vendredi 23 novembre 2012

Commentaire sur "Il faut savoir finir un roman", de Pierre Assouline

"Puisque l’air du temps est à « l’invention » sinon au « making of » d’une œuvre, attendons-nous à voir apparaître de plus en de livres qui intègreront dans leur édition l’explication du comment et du pourquoi en préface, et une visite dans l’atelier de l’artiste en postface. Remarquez, ce n’est pas d’aujourd’hui puisque c’était déjà un peu le propos du Journal des « Faux-monnayeurs » de Gide, du Journal du « Docteur Faustus » de Thomas Mann, de La Fabrique du pré de Francis Ponge… (la liste n’est pas exhaustive). La fin, c’est le point de vue du créateur. Ce n’est pas au lecteur de choisir. "
La suite de l'article se trouve en cliquant sur le lien infra. 

Cette réflexion de Pierre Assouline (et on ne se lasse jamais de lire sa prose!) m'interpelle car je fais partie de ces auteurs qui ont intégré dans "leur édition l’explication du comment et du pourquoi" en POSTFACE... à la demande de mon éditeur Les 2 Encres, bien sûr!
Il ne s'agissait pas de "Getting the words right", comme dirait Ernest Hemingway, mais de proposer des clefs, des indices, à ceux qui souhaiteraient aller au-delà de la première lecture émotionnelle afin de déplier un texte qui pourrait être riche d'interprétations.
Je n'ai jamais considéré cette postface (pp.65-67) comme un « making of », catégorie que j'aurais pu ajouter à mon "Panorama du roman australien des origines à nos jours" (Paris: Hermann / Collection Savoirs Lettres, 2009) en cours de réimpression, puisque cette histoire littéraire de l'Australie file la métaphore filmique d'un bout à l'autre de l'ouvrage.
La postface de "Un Doux petit rêveur" (Montmoreau: Les 2 encres, 2012) m'a permis d'ancrer cette fable dans la zone Pacifique, car la fable, en tant que genre littéraire, condamne le récit à l'imprécision. Je tenais à ce que mes concitoyens sachent que j'ai écrit cette histoire en pensant également à eux.
Bonne lecture,
Jean-François Vernay

New artworks by LUCY BONNIN

lundi 19 novembre 2012

And The Patrick White Award goes to...

Tasmanian novelist and essayist Amanda Lohrey is the winner of the 2012 Patrick White Literary Award. The award is given annually to an author who has ‘made a contribution to Australian Literature’ and deserves further recognition.
The judging committee’s citation commented on the importance of Lohrey’s fiction, beginning with The Morality of Gentlemen (1984), described by the late Stephen Murray-Smith as ‘the best political novel to have been written in Australia’, and extending through to her most recent book, the prize-winning Reading Madame Bovary (2010). The judges stated that Lohrey creates ‘memorable characters shaped by moral or ethical dilemmas and questions. Her prose style has developed a distinctive grace and lucidity in expressing these complex issues.’
The judges also highlighted Lohrey’s contribution to the development of the creative writing program at UTS and her ‘reputation as an essayist of distinction’ (Judges' Citation).
The Patrick White Award was established by Patrick White in 1975 with the proceeds of his 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature. It aims to advance ‘Australian literature by encouraging the writing of novels, short stories, poetry and/or plays for publication or performance’. Further information is available from the award’s administrator, Perpetual.

samedi 17 novembre 2012

Revue de presse de Un doux petit rêveur

Je remercie les divers organes de presse qui ont récemment évoqué ma première fiction. Donc un grand merci

au quotidien les Nouvelles Calédoniennes pour leur brève en date du 16.11.2012, p.17

à l'hebdo Demain pour leur recension en date du 09.11.2012, p.30.

 et au site LE CRI DU CAGOU :

vendredi 9 novembre 2012


Dear blog readers,

Please find bellow the links to a new release, CERCLES 26


And for those who would like to find out more about my recent postcolonial fiction, here are a few links :

Enjoy the read.

Best regards,
Jean-François Vernay

samedi 3 novembre 2012

Gold Coast Writers Festival : Feedback

Media feedback on the GCWF. A picture with Tim Ferguson was selected and published. There is an amusing confusion with my cousin Patrick Vernay though, as the article reads that "the sportsman met comedian Tim Ferguson"
Source: Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes, 06/11/2012

On behalf of the organisers and participants in the Gold Coast Writer's Festival can we again thank each of you for your contribution to the festival,

We have already received some terrific feedback, and, of course, suggestions for improvement. It was a very ambitious and complex undertaking this year for the organisers so thank you for your patience with any small glitches that may have happened along the way. As you are aware this has been put together entirely though voluntary time and effort.

Everyone seemed to have both enjoyed themselves and learned a lot, for which they are very appreciative.

So thank you again, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

Kind regards,
Julie Boyd (See left)
Women and Leadership

Just a quick note to say thanks very much for helping to make the Gold Coast Writers Festival 2012 such a success. The feedback we’ve had so far is that it was an enjoyable and informative event and people are already booking their spots for next year. Without your support the event would have been the poorer.
All the best for a relaxing festive season and happy reading, writing and publishing in 2013.
Warm regards
Kathy Stewart (See left picture, KS with JB)

Founder and co-organiser