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.

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