y Birds of Passage single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1983 1983
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    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1993 .
      Extent: 157p.
      ISBN: 1863734988 (pbk.)
    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1999 .
      ISBN: 1865080578
Alternative title: Les Oiseaux de passage
Language: French

Works about this Work

Pacific Studies : Quo Vadis? Anne Holden Ronning , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 13 2014; (p. 23-34)

'Looking back to the past this paper discusses why Pacific studies and in particular Australasian studies became an area of interest in tertiary education in Europe. What subject areas initiated these studies, and how do past legacies shape the present? With cutbacks in higher education over the past two decades the future of interdisciplinary studies and the humanities looks bleak. At the same time due to global business and increased political communication across borders there is a vibrant interest in and need for such studies among businesses and students. For most Europeans the literature of settler countries, with their European legacy, makes access to ways of thought and culture easier than studies of countries with other mythological backgrounds. In today’s multicultural environment such studies can provide knowledge for an understanding of other cultures and increase tolerance of the ‘other’. Area studies have relevance to our situation in Europe with increased migrancy, not least as a result of Schengen and EU regulations. ' (Author's abstract)

Degrees of Transparency in Brian Castro's Birds of Passage and After China Marjorie Aambrosio , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth Essays and Studies , Autumn vol. 35 no. 1 2012; (p. 73-82)
'This essay intends to highlight how Brian Castro's Birds of Passage (1983) and After China (1992) waver between transparency and opacity. It explores some of the techniques employed - among which a blurring of categories and a questioning of narratorial reliability - in order to create what Roland Barthes calls a "text of bliss" - one which challenges the limits of language as a means of communication.' (Author's abstract)
‘This Story Does Not Begin on a Boat’ : What Is Australian about Asian Australian Writing? Wenche Ommundsen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 25 no. 4 2011; (p. 503–513)
'With reference to recent debates about the politics of representation, this paper argues that a profound ambivalence about identity, and particularly about Asian Australian identity, is a common characteristic of much recent Asian Australian literary writing. It also asks whether this is the characteristic that marks this writing as specifically Australian. Tracing cultural contexts from the 'pathologies' of Australian multicultural debates to other transnational literary traditions, the paper uses examples from the writing of Brian Castro, Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Nam Le, Shaun Tan, and Tom Cho to speculate on the emergence of a new and distinct phase of transnational writing in Australia.' (Author's abstract)
Literary Transculturations and Modernity : Some Reflections Anne Holden Ronning , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 4 no. 1 2011;
'In an increasingly global world literary and cultural critics are constantly searching for ways in which to analyse and debate texts and artefacts. Postcolonial theories and studies have provided useful tools for analyzing, among others, New Literatures in English and other languages, as well as throwing new light on an understanding of older texts. But today, with the increase in diaspora studies in literature and cultural studies, new ways of looking at texts are paramount, given the complexity of contemporary literature. There is, as Bill Ashcroft writes, a 'strange contrapuntal relationship between identity, history, and nation that needs to be unravelled.' With references to Australian literature, this article will present some reflections on transculturation and modernities, the themes of the Nordic Network of Transcultural Literary Studies, which considers transculturation not as a theory but, 'a matrix through which a set of critical tools and vocabularies can be refined for the study of texts from a localized world, but institutionalised globally' and where , ' the engagement of multiple sites and their routes with the progression of "one modernity" in some way or other inform the aesthetics of transcultural literature.' (Author's introduction)
Racial Melancholia in Brian Castro’s Chinese-Australian Historical Fiction Hoa Pham , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Australian Writers and Writing , May no. 1 2010; (p. 65-72)
Great Expectations Peter Craven , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 6-9)
Two Approaches to Constructing 'Chinese' Cultural Identity : Australia's Authors with Chinese Ancestry Christine Sun , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader 2010; (p. 296-313)
Writing Chinese Diaspora : After the 'White Australia Policy' Deborah L. Madsen , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 263-270) Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader 2010; (p. 158-172)
An overview of Chinese-Australian writing.
Cultural Encounters and Hyphenated People Anne Holden Ronning , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 1 no. 2009; (p. 90-96)
'Cultural encounters are a dominant feature of contemporary society. Identities are ever-changing ‘routes’ as Hall and others have stated, so we become insiders and outsiders to our own lives. The manifaceted expression of cultural belonging and its formation is illustrated by examples from Australasian writers who express not only the conflict of belonging to more than one culture, but also its inherent value. Such writers provide the reader with alternative ways of reading culture and illustrate the increasing trend to see ourselves as hyphenated people belonging nowhere specific in a globalised world.' Source: Anne Holden Rønning.
Appropriating National Myths : Brian Castro's 'Birds of Passage' Marilyne Brun , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fact and Fiction : Readings in Australian Literature 2008; (p. 227-239)
'Birds of Passsage' : The Gift of Authorship Bernadette Brennan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language 2008; (p. 19-32)
Brennan identifies an oblique reference made in Birds of Passage to a poem by Su Tung Po, a poet-painter exiled to South China at the end of the eleventh century. She aligns this with a previous reference in Castro's book to comment from historian Geoffrey Blainey on the abuse directed towards the Chinese on the goldfields in nineteenth-century Australia, making the point that 'Castro offers us the opportunity to contemplate how ancient Chinese poetry might converse with contemporary Australian writing and culture' (p. 31).
Seeing Double : The Quest for Chineseness in Australia Wenche Ommundsen , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies and Literary Theory , no. 16 2008; (p. 90-109)
'Chinese and other Asians, this essay argues, performed a structural function in the developing national consciousness of Australia as the racial/cultural Other against which the national self was defined and towards which its fears and desires could be projected. Today, Chinese Australian writers use the image of the double to explore their own position in the national psyche. To what extent, they ask, is it possible to imagine a merging of Asian and Australian, observer and observed, representation and self-construction? Is the Chinese-antipodean identity always a site of conflict and contradiction or can it be lived as a happier kind of hybridity?' -- Author's abstract
Decentring Orientalist and Ocker Masculinities in Birds of Passage Kam Louie , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Culture, Identity, Commodity : Diasporic Chinese Literature in English 2005; (p. 183-204)
Double-Crossing One Nation : Contemporary Asian-Australian Narratives Russell West-Pavlov , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Who's Australia? - Whose Australia? : Contemporary Politics, Society and Culture in Australia 2005; Imaginary Antipodes : Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture 2011; (p. 159-170)
This chapter 'addresses more recent immigration experiences, namely the late-twentieth-century wave of immigration - not from Europe, but from East and South-East Asia - that has fundamentally inflected the character of contemporary Australian society. The work of Brian Castro (Birds of Passage, 1983), Yasmin Gooneratne (A Change of Skies, 1991) and Hsu-Ming Teo (Love and Vertigo, 2000) reveals other trajectories in which the figure of crossing supplements that of the absent origin to destabilize excessively closed notions of national identity.' (From author's introduction, 14)
Wang Guanglin : An Interview with Brian Castro (9/11/2001) Wang Guanglin (interviewer), 2004 single work interview
— Appears in: Being and Becoming : On Cultural Identity of Diasporic Chinese Writers in America and Australia 2004; (p. 324-334)
Packing My Library Saadi Nikro , 2002 single work prose
— Appears in: NDU Spirit , December no. 26 2002; (p. 56-57)
'Possible Only on Paper?' Hybridity as Parody in Brian Castro's Drift Miriam Wei Wei Lo , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 65 2000; (p. 69-74)
Birds of Passage? The New Generation of Chinese-Australian Writers Wenche Ommundsen , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Alter/Asians : Asian-Australian Identities in Art, Media and Popular Culture 2000; (p. 89-106; Notes: 283-284)
Examines the works of the post-"Tiananmen Square" generation of Chinese-Australian writers and some of their preoccupations and attitudes, and their impact on Australian literature and culture.
Translating Passages : Experiencing Brian Castro's 'Birds of Passage' Saadi Nikro , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: al-Karmal , Autumn no. 61 1999; (p. 259-266) Southerly , Winter vol. 59 no. 2 1999; (p. 74-84)
y 'Apart from the Expected' : The Novels of Brian Castro Michael Deves , 1999 Z976912 1999 single work thesis Outlining the Australian literary tradition, Deves notes the distinctiveness of Castro's writing, and sees it opening the scope of the contemporary novel. He examines the Castro's manner of writing and the themes of his novels, discussing the way in which the novelist's life informs his art.
Travelling Birds Graham Burns , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 60 1984; (p. 17-18)

— Review of Getting Away with It : A Novel Kevin Brophy 1982 single work novel ; Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
Distinguished Fiction Frank Kellaway , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , December no. 93 1983; (p. 65-66)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel ; Over Here, Harv! Bruce Dawe 1983 selected work short story ; Hostages Fay Zwicky 1983 selected work short story ; Headlocks & Other Stories Barry Hill 1983 selected work short story
Serious and Impressive But Disjointed Novel Mark Thomas , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 October 1983; (p. 19)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
Winging Towards Elusive Heights Nick Creech , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 20-21 August 1983; (p. 15)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
Dead Jumbuck Nicholas Jose , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , January 1984; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel ; Matilda, My Darling Nigel Krauth 1983 single work novel
Legacy from a Great Storyteller Katharine England , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 1984; (p. 34)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel ; Alan Marshall's Battlers Alan Marshall 1983 selected work short story autobiography prose
Story of Alienation Stirs and Engages Veronica Sen , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 June 1989; (p. 18)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
Untitled John McLaren , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 42-43)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
UNTITLED Manfred Jurgensen , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Outrider : A Journal of Multicultural Literature in Australia , December vol. 2 no. 2 1985; (p. 169-170)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
UNTITLED Alan Gould , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 September 1983; (p. 15)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
Booknotes Laurie Clancy , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 68 1985; (p. 35-36)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
UNTITLED Gillian Higginson , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , no. 29 1983; (p. 18)

— Review of Birds of Passage Brian Castro 1983 single work novel
Looking (North-) West to the East : Some Thoughts on the Asianisation of Australian Literature Graham Huggan , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Making of a Pluralist Australia 1950-1990: Selected Papers from the Inaugural EASA Conference 1991 1992; (p. 219-227)
Wang Guanglin : An Interview with Brian Castro (9/11/2001) Wang Guanglin (interviewer), 2004 single work interview
— Appears in: Being and Becoming : On Cultural Identity of Diasporic Chinese Writers in America and Australia 2004; (p. 324-334)
Decentring Orientalist and Ocker Masculinities in Birds of Passage Kam Louie , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Culture, Identity, Commodity : Diasporic Chinese Literature in English 2005; (p. 183-204)
Appropriating National Myths : Brian Castro's 'Birds of Passage' Marilyne Brun , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fact and Fiction : Readings in Australian Literature 2008; (p. 227-239)
Writing Chinese Diaspora : After the 'White Australia Policy' Deborah L. Madsen , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 263-270) Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader 2010; (p. 158-172)
An overview of Chinese-Australian writing.
'Birds of Passsage' : The Gift of Authorship Bernadette Brennan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language 2008; (p. 19-32)
Brennan identifies an oblique reference made in Birds of Passage to a poem by Su Tung Po, a poet-painter exiled to South China at the end of the eleventh century. She aligns this with a previous reference in Castro's book to comment from historian Geoffrey Blainey on the abuse directed towards the Chinese on the goldfields in nineteenth-century Australia, making the point that 'Castro offers us the opportunity to contemplate how ancient Chinese poetry might converse with contemporary Australian writing and culture' (p. 31).
Seeing Double : The Quest for Chineseness in Australia Wenche Ommundsen , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies and Literary Theory , no. 16 2008; (p. 90-109)
'Chinese and other Asians, this essay argues, performed a structural function in the developing national consciousness of Australia as the racial/cultural Other against which the national self was defined and towards which its fears and desires could be projected. Today, Chinese Australian writers use the image of the double to explore their own position in the national psyche. To what extent, they ask, is it possible to imagine a merging of Asian and Australian, observer and observed, representation and self-construction? Is the Chinese-antipodean identity always a site of conflict and contradiction or can it be lived as a happier kind of hybridity?' -- Author's abstract
Packing My Library Saadi Nikro , 2002 single work prose
— Appears in: NDU Spirit , December no. 26 2002; (p. 56-57)
Racial Melancholia in Brian Castro’s Chinese-Australian Historical Fiction Hoa Pham , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Australian Writers and Writing , May no. 1 2010; (p. 65-72)
Great Expectations Peter Craven , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 6-9)
‘This Story Does Not Begin on a Boat’ : What Is Australian about Asian Australian Writing? Wenche Ommundsen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies , vol. 25 no. 4 2011; (p. 503–513)
'With reference to recent debates about the politics of representation, this paper argues that a profound ambivalence about identity, and particularly about Asian Australian identity, is a common characteristic of much recent Asian Australian literary writing. It also asks whether this is the characteristic that marks this writing as specifically Australian. Tracing cultural contexts from the 'pathologies' of Australian multicultural debates to other transnational literary traditions, the paper uses examples from the writing of Brian Castro, Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Nam Le, Shaun Tan, and Tom Cho to speculate on the emergence of a new and distinct phase of transnational writing in Australia.' (Author's abstract)
Cultural Encounters and Hyphenated People Anne Holden Ronning , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 1 no. 2009; (p. 90-96)
'Cultural encounters are a dominant feature of contemporary society. Identities are ever-changing ‘routes’ as Hall and others have stated, so we become insiders and outsiders to our own lives. The manifaceted expression of cultural belonging and its formation is illustrated by examples from Australasian writers who express not only the conflict of belonging to more than one culture, but also its inherent value. Such writers provide the reader with alternative ways of reading culture and illustrate the increasing trend to see ourselves as hyphenated people belonging nowhere specific in a globalised world.' Source: Anne Holden Rønning.
Literary Transculturations and Modernity : Some Reflections Anne Holden Ronning , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 4 no. 1 2011;
'In an increasingly global world literary and cultural critics are constantly searching for ways in which to analyse and debate texts and artefacts. Postcolonial theories and studies have provided useful tools for analyzing, among others, New Literatures in English and other languages, as well as throwing new light on an understanding of older texts. But today, with the increase in diaspora studies in literature and cultural studies, new ways of looking at texts are paramount, given the complexity of contemporary literature. There is, as Bill Ashcroft writes, a 'strange contrapuntal relationship between identity, history, and nation that needs to be unravelled.' With references to Australian literature, this article will present some reflections on transculturation and modernities, the themes of the Nordic Network of Transcultural Literary Studies, which considers transculturation not as a theory but, 'a matrix through which a set of critical tools and vocabularies can be refined for the study of texts from a localized world, but institutionalised globally' and where , ' the engagement of multiple sites and their routes with the progression of "one modernity" in some way or other inform the aesthetics of transcultural literature.' (Author's introduction)
Two Approaches to Constructing 'Chinese' Cultural Identity : Australia's Authors with Chinese Ancestry Christine Sun , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader 2010; (p. 296-313)
Double-Crossing One Nation : Contemporary Asian-Australian Narratives Russell West-Pavlov , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Who's Australia? - Whose Australia? : Contemporary Politics, Society and Culture in Australia 2005; Imaginary Antipodes : Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture 2011; (p. 159-170)
This chapter 'addresses more recent immigration experiences, namely the late-twentieth-century wave of immigration - not from Europe, but from East and South-East Asia - that has fundamentally inflected the character of contemporary Australian society. The work of Brian Castro (Birds of Passage, 1983), Yasmin Gooneratne (A Change of Skies, 1991) and Hsu-Ming Teo (Love and Vertigo, 2000) reveals other trajectories in which the figure of crossing supplements that of the absent origin to destabilize excessively closed notions of national identity.' (From author's introduction, 14)
Degrees of Transparency in Brian Castro's Birds of Passage and After China Marjorie Aambrosio , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth Essays and Studies , Autumn vol. 35 no. 1 2012; (p. 73-82)
'This essay intends to highlight how Brian Castro's Birds of Passage (1983) and After China (1992) waver between transparency and opacity. It explores some of the techniques employed - among which a blurring of categories and a questioning of narratorial reliability - in order to create what Roland Barthes calls a "text of bliss" - one which challenges the limits of language as a means of communication.' (Author's abstract)
Outside the Prison of Logic Helen Daniel (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 59 1994; (p. 20-29)
Necessary Idiocy and the Idea of Freedom Brian Castro , 1989 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , February vol. 8 no. 10 1989; (p. 5-7) Striking Chords : Multicultural Literary Interpretations 1992; (p. 3-8) Looking for Estrellita 1999; (p. 19 -37)
Postmodernism and Postcolonialism in Australian Fiction : The Example of Brian Castro Achim Reinschmidt , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Appreciating Difference : Writing Postcolonial Literary History 1998; (p. 135-144)
Multiculturalism, Identity, Displacement : The Lives of Brian (Castro) Wenche Ommundsen , 1996 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: From a Distance : Australian Writers and Cultural Displacement 1996; (p. 149-158)
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