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y Joan Makes History single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1988 1988
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Australia's history retold through the eyes of Joan, a woman who has never rated a mention in the school books. Joan leads many lives: she is a wife and mother of no great distinction, but in the life of her imagination she is present at all the big moments of Australia's past. (Source: Trove)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Bruce
  • Discussion notes available.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Heinemann , 1989 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 285p.
      ISBN: 0434304506
    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 2014 .
      4551953312429146633.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 256p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 22 October 2014
      ISBN: 9780702253515
      Series: y UQP Modern Classics St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2013 8023624 2013 series - publisher novel
Alternative title: Joan Skriver Historia
Language: Swedish
    • Stockholm,
      c
      Sweden,
      c
      Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Legenda , 1990 .
      Extent: 211p.
      ISBN: 9158214186

Works about this Work

Implicit Acts of Filth : the Parodic Virtues of Cleanliness Aritha van Herk , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Special Issue Website Series , October no. 33 2015;
'From ‘the Wolf’ Wolfe in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to the laundress in Kate Grenville’s Joan Makes History, the act of nettoyage is called into service as an intertextual gesture toward decoding all that is virtuous (or not), all that is filthy (or not). As an inevitable repetition or agent of redundancy, complete with all the recursive energies of concealment and discovery, cleaning and the cleaner serve a parodic practice that has been entirely overlooked in its representation in various forms of narrative (fiction, film, and image). Parody may be, as Hutcheon claims, ‘a more restricted form, in pragmatic terms, than allusion or quotation’ (1985: 50), but it has also not been accorded the power that it wields in a quotidian presence, its gestural and recitative marking performing a contestation that is ignored because it is ‘unmarked’ (60). In short, its association with the erotic and the criminal, erasure and commodification, make nettoyage a transgressive site in disguise. Scouring and laundering’s ‘transcontextualizing’ power resides in its invisibility, and its work as an ‘authorized transgression’ (Hutcheon 1985: 101) enunciates a persistent parodic presence in an aesthetically incognizant world. The play of disinfectant as part of Foucault’s ‘writing of things’ thus alludes to parody’s most powerful affect: its connection to the most ordinary and quotidian of gestures, doubled by cultural aesthetic and instructional pragmatism.' (Publication abstract)
Joan Makes History : A Bicentennial Novel Jie Huang , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies in China : Research on Australia by Chinese Scholars 2014;
'In 1988, Australia celebrated the Bicentenary of European settlement in the Australian continent. Once inaugurated, this event was soon endowed with great historical and political importance. This “national celebration” became a discursive field in which different political forces carried out their struggle against each other. Joan Makes History (1988) by Australian woman writer Kate Grenville is a typical Bicentennial novel, reflecting a distinct climate of expectations, values and interests of that period; it is also a consequence of a feminist writer’s active involvement in this highly influential national debate and her endeavor to occupy a position in the Bicentenary nationalist discursive system.' (Publication abstract)
Empathic Deterritorialisation : Re-Mapping the Postcolonial Novel in Creative Writing Classrooms A. Frances Johnson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'Michael Dodson has commented that the 'repossession of our past is the repossession of ourselves' - yet since the 1980s, the translation of such imperatives within literary and historical colonial archival research has been tightly circumscribed by controversial, often agonistic identity debates. Reflection on the broad emotional imprimateurs guiding intellectual and creative research activity have been muted, variously repressed or backgrounded, voided by (white) shame or tact, and often deferred to Indigenous commentators for framing commentaries. Vehement stoushes between the disciplinary cousins of history and literature have also erupted as part of recent local history and culture wars debates. With hindsight, these seemingly 'emotional' yet supra-rational debates, focusing righteously on entitlement and access to colonial archives, seem to have lacked so-called emotional intelligence and (inter)disciplinary imagination. The arguments of the protagonists have now have been 'tidied away', leaving a subsidence of unscholarly embarrassment in their wake.

I aim to show that despite the problematic inheritance of these public debates, many historians, novelists and cultural critics (Elspeth Probyn, the late Greg Dening, Kate Grenville, Kim Scott and others) have managed to rigorously contest and (re)present colonial archival material without repudiating their own emotional involvement with 'the Australian past' in order to maintain scholarly distance. They have understood, in Marcia Langton's phrase, that 'some of us have lived through it, are living through it. This is not an exercise in historiography alone, and therefore presents problems beyond that of traditional historiography.' My analysis of these writer's commentaries will be contextualised against Langton's idea of intercultural subjectivity, which emphasises a discursive intextuality that can be engaged with equally by black and white artists, critics and writers across the genres. Langton, Dening, Grenville, Scott and others will be shown as thinkers who lead the way in suggesting and/or demonstrating how postcolonial novels can be taught and made.' (Author's abstract)
Rearranging the Dead Cat Bruce Pascoe , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011; (p. 14-23)
Kate Grenville as Public Intellectual Brigid Rooney , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 18-38)
Must Film Be Fiction? Ann McGrath , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 24 2009; (p. 189-199)
Joan Makes Her Mark as 'Living History' Russell Wenholz , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 25 June 2006; (p. 14)
Kate Grenville's Mythopoeic Imagination : A Study of Her Novels Atiqa Masih , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 131-141)
The article examines the portrayal of female characters and the female voice in the novels of Kate Grenville.
Australian Literature and the Making of History Paul Sharrad , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lemuria , Winter vol. 1 no. 1 2006; (p. 55-74)
Sharrad in this essay discusses a wide range of Australian fiction with attention to its negotiations with history. Sharrad says that the struggle of the writers he examines 'has been both to recover and reject history' (72-73). Through fiction, history is brought to life but 'lest we become trapped by the tyranny of the past, the writer has also to perform literary exorcisms that will free the future from the hauntings which currently still visit the Australian national present' (73).
The Return of the Oppressed : Re-Writing the Female Self in Lilian's Story and Joan Makes History Mridula Jose , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 100-106)
Examining the female protagonists in two of Grenville's novels, Jose concludes that 'Storytelling is one of the strongest strategies used by Grenville. The story replaces what happens, and having control over the story provides control over the truth. It is the one who tells the story, who is made immortal. Grenville has control, very much like her protagonists Lilian and Joan. It is in the act of "telling" and "voicing" their stories, that Grenville is able to avenge those who have tradtionally been rendered voiceless.'
"Africa and Australia" Revisited" Reading Kate Grenville's Joan Makes History Kwaku Larbi Korang , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 17 no. 1 2003; (p. 5-12) Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 73-92)
Korang engages with Grenville's novel Joan Makes History from the perspective of his 'reading self', that is 'African, male, non-white and non-Australian'. Through this experience, he discovers that 'against the ironic necessity of accepting that each time we travel we discover ourselves only, we must posit the freedom to make the disclaimer, postcolonially, that in our worldly encounters we are enjoined to discover in ourselves other selves.'
Second Look Peter Craven , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 6 April 2003; (p. 10)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Kate Grenville's Enduring Witches Carolyn Tetaz , 2002-2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 247 2002-2003; (p. 65)

— Review of Bearded Ladies : Stories Kate Grenville 1984 selected work short story poetry ; Dreamhouse Kate Grenville 1986 single work novel ; Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
The Widening of Horizons as Australian Literature Expands Peter O. Stummer , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing in Australia : Perceptions of Australian Literature in Its Historical and Cultural Context 2000; (p. 127-151)
Rewriting the Role of Woman Manning Clark , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 200 1998; (p. 7-8)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Changing Visions of History : Recent Australian Historical Novels Werner Senn , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , April no. 11 1997; (p. 89-99)
Untitled The Vulture , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 18-19 January 1997; (p. 10)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Australia as Portrayed by Contemporary Australian Writers Rosemary Kerr , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 19-27)
White Diasporas : Joan (and Ana) Make History Gillian Whitlock , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , December no. 12 1994; (p. 90-100)
The Story-Teller's Revenge : Kate Grenville Interviewed by Gerry Turcotte Gerry Turcotte (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Into the Nineties: Post-Colonial Women's Writing 1994; (p. 147) Kunapipi , vol. 16 no. 1 1994; (p. 147-158)
Kate Grenville's Enduring Witches Carolyn Tetaz , 2002-2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 247 2002-2003; (p. 65)

— Review of Bearded Ladies : Stories Kate Grenville 1984 selected work short story poetry ; Dreamhouse Kate Grenville 1986 single work novel ; Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Second Look Peter Craven , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 6 April 2003; (p. 10)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Untitled Kate Veitch , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , September vol. 3 no. 9 1988; (p. 15)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Dusk, Sunlight, Fire Martin Flanagan , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , October no. 112 1988; (p. 77-78)

— Review of Voices Peter Cowan 1988 selected work short story ; Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel ; Out of the Line of Fire Mark Henshaw 1988 single work novel
Fantasy of the Female Susan McKernan , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 3 May vol. 110 no. 5617 1988; (p. 127)

— Review of Fictions 88 1988 anthology short story ; Poetry Australia no. 114 Philip Hodgins 1988 periodical issue poetry ; Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Historic Fantasies Janet Hawley , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 March 1987;

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
A Woman Through History Bruce Bennett , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 14-15 May 1988; (p. 19)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
An Everywoman Named Joan Judith Freeman , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Los Angeles Times Book Review , 18 December 1988; (p. 9)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Character Who Spans Oz History Margaret Steinberger , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 28 May 1988; (p. 10)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Destiny Forgotten in a Satisfaction of the Ordinary Katharine England , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 May 1988; (p. 8)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Does Joan Make History? If So, In Which Generation? Ann Nugent , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Blast , Winter no. 6/7 1988; (p. 22-24)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
History That Might Have Happened Jennifer Livett , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Island Magazine , Spring no. 36 1988; (p. 83-85)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Joan Gives Credit to all our Unknown Heroines Fiona Breen , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 25 June 1988; (p. 20)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Joan Weaves her Way in the Seamless Role Marion Halligan , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 May 1988; (p. B2)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Not Just a Good Read, it Lingers Sally Morrison , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 14-15 May 1988; (p. 19)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Rewriting the Role of Women Manning Clark , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 100 1988; (p. 9-10)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Sightings on Australian Fiction Bruce Merry , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 16 no. 2 1988; (p. 108-115)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel ; Mudmaps to Paradise David A. Myers 1987 selected work short story
Striking a Blow for the Joans of the World Karen Lamb , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 May 1988; (p. 6)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
The "Other" History as Herstory Jocelynne A. Scutt , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , August 1988; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
The Nameless Women of the World Nancy Willard , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 18 December 1988; (p. 7,9)

— Review of Joan Makes History Kate Grenville 1988 single work novel
Sociological and Historical Perspectives on Australia as Portrayed by Contemporary Australian Writers Rosemary Kerr , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 19-27)
"Africa and Australia" Revisited" Reading Kate Grenville's Joan Makes History Kwaku Larbi Korang , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 17 no. 1 2003; (p. 5-12) Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 73-92)
Korang engages with Grenville's novel Joan Makes History from the perspective of his 'reading self', that is 'African, male, non-white and non-Australian'. Through this experience, he discovers that 'against the ironic necessity of accepting that each time we travel we discover ourselves only, we must posit the freedom to make the disclaimer, postcolonially, that in our worldly encounters we are enjoined to discover in ourselves other selves.'
The Return of the Oppressed : Re-Writing the Female Self in Lilian's Story and Joan Makes History Mridula Jose , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 100-106)
Examining the female protagonists in two of Grenville's novels, Jose concludes that 'Storytelling is one of the strongest strategies used by Grenville. The story replaces what happens, and having control over the story provides control over the truth. It is the one who tells the story, who is made immortal. Grenville has control, very much like her protagonists Lilian and Joan. It is in the act of "telling" and "voicing" their stories, that Grenville is able to avenge those who have tradtionally been rendered voiceless.'
Joan Makes Her Mark as 'Living History' Russell Wenholz , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 25 June 2006; (p. 14)
Kate Grenville's Mythopoeic Imagination : A Study of Her Novels Atiqa Masih , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 131-141)
The article examines the portrayal of female characters and the female voice in the novels of Kate Grenville.
Australian Literature and the Making of History Paul Sharrad , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lemuria , Winter vol. 1 no. 1 2006; (p. 55-74)
Sharrad in this essay discusses a wide range of Australian fiction with attention to its negotiations with history. Sharrad says that the struggle of the writers he examines 'has been both to recover and reject history' (72-73). Through fiction, history is brought to life but 'lest we become trapped by the tyranny of the past, the writer has also to perform literary exorcisms that will free the future from the hauntings which currently still visit the Australian national present' (73).
Kate Grenville as Public Intellectual Brigid Rooney , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 18-38)
Must Film Be Fiction? Ann McGrath , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 24 2009; (p. 189-199)
Rearranging the Dead Cat Bruce Pascoe , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011; (p. 14-23)
Empathic Deterritorialisation : Re-Mapping the Postcolonial Novel in Creative Writing Classrooms A. Frances Johnson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'Michael Dodson has commented that the 'repossession of our past is the repossession of ourselves' - yet since the 1980s, the translation of such imperatives within literary and historical colonial archival research has been tightly circumscribed by controversial, often agonistic identity debates. Reflection on the broad emotional imprimateurs guiding intellectual and creative research activity have been muted, variously repressed or backgrounded, voided by (white) shame or tact, and often deferred to Indigenous commentators for framing commentaries. Vehement stoushes between the disciplinary cousins of history and literature have also erupted as part of recent local history and culture wars debates. With hindsight, these seemingly 'emotional' yet supra-rational debates, focusing righteously on entitlement and access to colonial archives, seem to have lacked so-called emotional intelligence and (inter)disciplinary imagination. The arguments of the protagonists have now have been 'tidied away', leaving a subsidence of unscholarly embarrassment in their wake.

I aim to show that despite the problematic inheritance of these public debates, many historians, novelists and cultural critics (Elspeth Probyn, the late Greg Dening, Kate Grenville, Kim Scott and others) have managed to rigorously contest and (re)present colonial archival material without repudiating their own emotional involvement with 'the Australian past' in order to maintain scholarly distance. They have understood, in Marcia Langton's phrase, that 'some of us have lived through it, are living through it. This is not an exercise in historiography alone, and therefore presents problems beyond that of traditional historiography.' My analysis of these writer's commentaries will be contextualised against Langton's idea of intercultural subjectivity, which emphasises a discursive intextuality that can be engaged with equally by black and white artists, critics and writers across the genres. Langton, Dening, Grenville, Scott and others will be shown as thinkers who lead the way in suggesting and/or demonstrating how postcolonial novels can be taught and made.' (Author's abstract)
Historic Fantasies Janet Hawley , 1987 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 March 1987;
Kate : Standing up for the Small People Fran Hernon (interviewer), 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Mercury , 14 May 1988; (p. 17)
Herstory's Re/vision of History: Women's Narrative Subverts Imperial Discourse in Kate Grenville's `Joan Makes History' Wendy Goulston , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , June no. 7 1992; (p. 20-27)
Kate Grenville Candida Baker (interviewer), 1989 single work interview
— Appears in: Yacker 3 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1989; (p. 100-129)
Kate Grenville : Interview Daniel R. Willbanks (interviewer), 1992 single work interview
— Appears in: Speaking Volumes : Australian Writers and Their Work 1992; (p. 97-110)
White Diasporas : Joan (and Ana) Make History Gillian Whitlock , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , December no. 12 1994; (p. 90-100)
Kate Makes History Patricia Rolfe , 1988 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 3 May vol. 110 no. 5617 1988; (p. 128)
Daughters of Albion Gerry Turcotte , 1989 extract interview (Telling Those Untold Stories : An Interview with Kate Grenville)
— Appears in: Eight Voices of the Eighties : Stories, Journalism and Criticism by Australian Women Writers 1989; (p. 36-48)
The Gothic Grenville, or Kate Makes Rhetoric Peter Craven , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scripsi , vol. 6 no. 3 1990; (p. 238-258)
Staging History : Bicentennial Theatre at the Adelaide Festival Martin Thomas , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , May 1988; (p. 17-20)
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