y A Descant for Gossips single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1960 1960
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Works about this Work

Thea Astley's Failed Eden Paul Genoni , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 153-163)
Thea Astley : Exploring the Centre Paul Genoni , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Subverting the Empire : Explorers and Exploration in Australian Fiction 2004; (p. 97-144)
Thea Astley : A Woman among the Satirists of Post-war Modernity Susan Sheridan , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , November vol. 18 no. 42 2003; (p. 261-271)
The article examines Astley's early satirical novels, asking the question, what do these early satires on gender relations share with those of her male contemporaries, and where do they differ? Are her suburbs and small towns vehicles for satire and ironies that blame women for the excesses and failures of modernity? Arguing that post-war modernism was a strongly masculinist culture which saw art defined by its distance to everyday life, popular values and middle-class consumerism, Sheridan concludes: 'To the extent that she shared this dominant masculinist aesthetic of the 1950s and 1960s, Astley's satirical stance involved her, inevitably, in a modernist rejection of this feminine modernity as innately trivial, distracting and undermining serious aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual values' (270).
Thea Astley : Interview Daniel R. Willbanks (interviewer), 1992 single work interview
— Appears in: Speaking Volumes : Australian Writers and Their Work 1992; (p. 26-42) Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 21-35)
Thea Astley : Writing the Parish and Extending the Metaphor Robert L. Ross , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 593-602) Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 90-98)
Untitled 1960 single work review
— Appears in: The Cairns Post , 30 April 1960; (p. 8)

— Review of A Descant for Gossips Thea Astley 1960 single work novel
A Queensland-Born Novelist Passes Her Stiffest Test Roger Covell , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 May 1960; (p. 2)

— Review of A Descant for Gossips Thea Astley 1960 single work novel
Fiction Chronicle Marjorie Barnard , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , December vol. 19 no. 4 1960; (p. 435-443)

— Review of The Roaring Days : an Australian yarn Donald McLean 1960 single work novel ; The Exiles Lynn Foster 1960 single work novel ; Summer Glare : A Novel Gerard Hamilton 1959 single work novel ; No Sunlight Singing Joe Walker 1960 single work novel ; Pink is for Girls : A Romance Juliet Rolleston 1960 single work novel ; Peppercorn Days Jon Rose 1959 single work novel ; Mr Brain Knows Best Robert Burns 1959 single work novel ; A Descant for Gossips Thea Astley 1960 single work novel ; Time, Flow Softly : A Novel of the River Murray Nancy Cato 1959 single work novel ; A Wreath of Water Lilies Pat Flower 1960 single work novel ; White Man's Shoes Olaf Ruhen 1960 single work novel ; Where the Wind's Feet Shine H. H. Wilson 1960 single work novel
Untitled Arthur Ashworth , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 26 no. 1 1966; (p. 62-66)

— Review of The Slow Natives Thea Astley 1965 single work novel ; Girl With a Monkey Thea Astley 1958 single work novel ; A Descant for Gossips Thea Astley 1960 single work novel ; The Well Dressed Explorer Thea Astley 1962 single work novel
A Descant for Gossips Jean Campbell , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter-Spring no. 18 1960; (p. 56)

— Review of A Descant for Gossips Thea Astley 1960 single work novel
Thea Astley : A Woman among the Satirists of Post-war Modernity Susan Sheridan , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , November vol. 18 no. 42 2003; (p. 261-271)
The article examines Astley's early satirical novels, asking the question, what do these early satires on gender relations share with those of her male contemporaries, and where do they differ? Are her suburbs and small towns vehicles for satire and ironies that blame women for the excesses and failures of modernity? Arguing that post-war modernism was a strongly masculinist culture which saw art defined by its distance to everyday life, popular values and middle-class consumerism, Sheridan concludes: 'To the extent that she shared this dominant masculinist aesthetic of the 1950s and 1960s, Astley's satirical stance involved her, inevitably, in a modernist rejection of this feminine modernity as innately trivial, distracting and undermining serious aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual values' (270).
Thea Astley : Exploring the Centre Paul Genoni , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Subverting the Empire : Explorers and Exploration in Australian Fiction 2004; (p. 97-144)
Thea Astley's Failed Eden Paul Genoni , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 153-163)
Thea Astley : Interview Daniel R. Willbanks (interviewer), 1992 single work interview
— Appears in: Speaking Volumes : Australian Writers and Their Work 1992; (p. 26-42) Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds 2006; (p. 21-35)
Pioneer's Lament Margaret Smith (interviewer), 1981 single work criticism biography interview
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 8-9 August 1981; (p. 16)
Subjects:
  • Bush,
  • Gympie, Gympie area, Gympie - Cooloola - Tin Can Bay area, South East Queensland, Queensland,