y Lilian's Story single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1985 1985
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Madness, cruelty and sexuality permeate the house where she grew up. but Lilian's sights are set on education, love and - finally - her own transcendent forms of independence. Lilian Singer, who starts life at the beginning of the twentieth century as the daughter of a prosperous middle-class Australian family and ends it as a cheerfully eccentric bag-lady living on the streets, quoting Shakespeare for a living.

Adaptations

form y Lilian's Story Steve Wright , Australia : CML Productions , 1995 Z1038867 1995 single work film/TV

For forty years, Lilian Singer has been locked up in a mental hospital by her father. Her release is eventually secured and she walks out to a world unfamiliar to her in every way, seeking the love and affection she never got. Her story is told through a series of three flashbacks that reveal a beautiful and spirited young woman who was anything but insane. Old Lilian comes to terms with her life, quoting Shakespeare, stalking sexy bank tellers, buddying with prostitutes, and ultimately meeting her long-lost love.

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
The second (revised) edition includes textual changes and twelve extra pages. Changes were suggested by Grenville's American editor.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking , 1986 .
      Extent: 227p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      ISBN: 0670809292
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1991 .
      Extent: 227p.
      ISBN: 1863730230 (pbk.)
    • San Diego, California,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Harcourt Brace , 1994 .
      Extent: 227p.
      ISBN: 0156001233 (pbk.)
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Picador , 1994 .
      Extent: 227p.
      ISBN: 0330339893 (pbk.)
    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1996 .
      Extent: 280p.
      ISBN: 1864481161 (pbk.)
    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1997 .
      Extent: 280p.
      Note/s:
      • Paperback ed. with new cover - t.p. verso
      ISBN: 1864482842 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Cannibalism and Colonialism : Lilian's Story and (White) Women's Belonging Laura Deane , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;

'In 1985, when Kate Grenville’s novel about a fat, unlovely bag lady appeared on the Australian literary landscape, Lilian’s Story was celebrated as a feminist and postcolonial text. By locating Lilian as ex-centric to the nation, to inhabit the abjected zones of the colony—the bush, the asylum, the streets of post-Federation Sydney—Grenville is commonly read as a feminist writer intervening into the gender politics that shaped Australia. Feminists celebrate the ways in which she carves out discursive spaces for women who have existed largely in the interstices between public memory and official history. Postcolonial critical interpretations of Lilian being ‘colonised’ by her father, provoked by the rape narrative, have tended to reproduce the postcolonial trope of Australia’s shift from a colonial relationship to a national structure. Such readings largely neglect the colonial violence of Australian patriarchy, and the skewed gender norms that result when a host culture is transplanted to an imperial outpost. Taking up the colonial metaphor structuring the relationship between Lilian and her father, I read Lilian’s ‘madness’ as a response to discourses of ‘race’ and gender that circulate in the colonial Imaginary to position women as the site for racial anxiety about colonial ‘dirt’, contamination and disorder. While Lilian approaches the rebellious female grotesque celebrated in postcolonial feminist theorising, her obese body also signifies the devouring nature of colonialism. This paper engages with the white politics of women’s ‘belonging’ inscribed in Lilian’s Story to disinter the schizoid nature of white women’s relationship to colonial patriarchy.' (Publication abstract)

Animal Handlers : Australian Women Writers on Sexuality and the Female Body Odette Kelada , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Outskirts : Feminisms along the Edge , May vol. 26 no. 2012;
'The year 2011 saw the igniting of mass protest around the issue of sexual double standards for women with numerous marches worldwide called 'SlutWalks'. Thousands of women across a range of countries including America, Europe, Britain and Australia took to the streets to defend the right of women to dress and behave freely without stigmatisation and violence. The 'SlutWalks' started in reaction to a local policeman in Toronto telling a class of college students to avoid dressing like 'sluts' if they did not wish to be victimised (SlutWalk Toronto site). The public protest in response to this incident demonstrates resistance to historically embedded discourses that demean women's sexuality and blame women for abuse and rape they suffer. Terms such as 'slut' perpetuate a virgin/whore dichotomy fundamental to the oppression of female sexual self-expression. These marches are a recent example that follows on from a tradition of mass protests for women's sexual equality and right to safety such as 'Reclaim the Night'. Drawing on writing and conversations with poets Dorothy Porter and Gig Ryan, novelists Drusilla Modjeska, Kate Grenville, Carmel Bird and Melissa Lucashenko and playwright, Leah Purcell, this article offers insights into individual creative women's responses to this theme of women's sexuality. I argue that the work and ideas of these women are examples of the unique and powerful dialogue that can happen through a focus on creativity and female stories in Australia.' (Author's introduction)
Theorising the Madwoman : Fictocritical Incursions - A Performance Laura Deane , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'‘Theorising the madwoman : fictocritical incursions - a performance’ is an intervention into the politics of naming and writing about women’s madness in literature. Using fictocritical tactics, this article stages a dialogue between the madwoman and the critic to make visible ‘the fiction of the disembodied scholar’ deployed in textual criticism. Sometimes speaking as the madwoman, sometimes as the feminist critic, I aim to destabilise the voice of the objective scholar, while continuing to lay some claim to it. Polyvocal in arrangement, discordant and offbeat in its strategies, and fictocritical in its tactics and stylistics, this article is an incursion into, rather than an interpretation of, women’s madness. Using a hybrid of fictional strategies, feminist scholarship, and personal experience, I allow the madwoman to interrupt, challenge and resist the interpretive project, by careening into it. Provisional, disorderly and subversive, fictocriticism offers a way of thinking through, rather than thinking about women’s madness. It seems particularly suited to an investigation of the madwoman in literature, as it dramatises the very disorder and instability the madwoman is said to embody.' (Author's abstract)
Great Expectations Peter Craven , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 6-9)
Greek Olives and Italian Prosciutto on Crusty French Bread : Food in Contemporary Fiction by Australian Women Jennifer Mitchell , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;
'Women have often had a troubled relationship with food, but in recent decades there has been a bit of a turn around - at least in fictional terms. In some earlier Australian feminist fiction from the 1970s and 1980s, women were often portrayed as oppressed by, or resistant to, food and eating. Here I explore food in Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story, Andrea Goldsmith's Gracious Living, and two works by Helen Garner - The Children's Bach and Cosmo Cosmolino. In these stories women refrain from eating, or over indulge, as forms of resistance to oppression. But times have changed. This essay examines the changing nature of how food is represented in fiction by Australian women. The later novels explored here - Drusilla Modjeska's The Orchard, Marion Halligan's The Fog Garden, Stephanie Dowrick Tasting Salt and Amanda Lohrey's Camille's Bread (1995) - significantly reframe food preparation and consumption as positive experiences that promote women's independence, and contribute to their creative lives and personal relationships. These later texts transcend the earlier view of domesticated women as anxious or resistant consumers of food. Instead, food is aesthetically rich and sensually rewarding; a controllable and pleasurable experience promoting health, wellbeing, and positive loving relationships. (Author's abstract)
Menstrual Metamorphosis and the 'Foreign Country of Femaleness' Anna Gething , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing 2010; (p. 267-281)

This criticism examines the writings of Kate Grenville and Caribbean writer Jamaica Kincaid both of whom articulate the doubleness of female subjectivity. Particular emphasis is given to the dichotomy between aesthetic femininity and abject femaleness. This discussion includes summaries of Julia Kristeva's twentieth century abjection theory and Edmund's Burke's eighteenth century theory of aesthetics.

Kate Grenville as Public Intellectual Brigid Rooney , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 18-38)
Madness and Power : Lilian’s Story and the Decolonized Body Bill Ashcroft , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 55-72)
'Bill Ashcroft has provided a new reading of Lilian's Story that emphasizes the resistant power of narrative itself, a reading that uses postcolonial theory to tease out the ways in which Lilian's feminist appropriation of power (most dramatically from her father Albion, as representative of patriarchal Darwinian and imperial discourse and practices) enables her to "find" both her body and her voice...' (Kossew, 'Introduction' xv-xvi)
Homeless and Foreign : The Heroines of Lilian's Story and Dreamhouse Kate Livett , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 119-134)
'Kate Livett's essay concerns the lens of 'the tragic'. This, she argues, enables a reading of Thornhill as a tragically flawed character and provides a fitting genre fro Grenville's empathetic imagination.' (Kossew, 'Introduction' xix)
'A Shocking Bad Book to Be Sure, Sir' : The Gothic as Counter-Discursive Strategy in Margaret Atwood's and Kate Grenville's Fiction Gerry Turcotte , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Peripheral Fear : Transformations of the Gothic in Canadian and Australian Fiction 2009; (p. 203-231)
y Adaptations : A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film Denise Faithfull , Brian Hannant , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1361797 2007 single work criticism Adaptations discusses approaches to adaptations of various forms of literature using a range of Australian texts and films as examples.
Sydney by the Book Malcolm Knox , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The (Sydney) Magazine , May no. 49 2007; (p. 66-72)
Knox comments on the ways in which Sydney's suburbs have inspired a range of contemporary authors.
Le corps ecrit-inscrit : anorexie, automutilation et folie dans la litterature australienne Chantal Kwast-Gref , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Correspondances Oceaniennes , June vol. 6 no. 1 2007; (p. 17-20)
Lilian's Story : Kate Grenville (1950- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 312-315)
"Impossible Speech" and the Burden of Translation : Lilian's Story from Page to Screen Alice Healy , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 5 2006; (p. 163-178) Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 135-152)

In Lilian's Story, Lilian 'claims, "I have never cultivated the burden of memory." This essay extends Lilian's suggestion in order to problematise the "burden of translation" and its significance for recent ideas of history as performance, variously applied by writers from Greg Dening to Judith Butler.' (p.162) Further, 'this essay examines the translation from novel to film, and its significance to ideas of the "re-staging" of history through performance.' (p.164)

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.
Psychotic Fictions and Terrible Truths: Reading Madness, Femininity and Excessive Speech Laura Deane , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 15 no. 2005; (p. 74-90)
First Voice Kate Grenville , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 3 December 2005; (p. 29)
My Life as a Book Robert Holden , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crackpots, Ratbags and Rebels : A Swag of Aussie Eccentrics 2005; (p. 195-209)
Holden looks at a selection of Australian eccentrics who have inspired literary characterisation.
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.'
Books Read Recently Bruce Gillespie , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Scratch Pad 18 , July 1996; (p. 4-6)

— Review of Distress Greg Egan 1995 single work novel ; The Memory Cathedral : A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci Jack Dann 1995 single work novel ; Permutation City Greg Egan 1994 single work novel ; Eccentrics : The Scientific Investigation David Joseph Weeks 1988 single work essay ; Old School Tie Paul Thomas 1994 single work novel ; Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel ; Dark Places Kate Grenville 1994 single work novel
Paperbacks Penelope Nelson , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30-31 March 1991; (p. rev 6)

— Review of The Search for Harry Allway Alex Buzo 1985 single work novel ; The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel ; Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Comic and Cruel Charlotte M. Meyer , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: American Book Review , January-February vol. 10 no. 6 1989; (p. 11-12)

— Review of Bearded Ladies : Stories Kate Grenville 1984 selected work short story poetry ; Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel ; Dreamhouse Kate Grenville 1986 single work novel
Special Women : And Superb Storytelling Marian Favel Clair Eldridge , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 76 1985; (p. 25-28)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Absurdity, the Hidden Part of Normalcy Susan McKernan , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 23 July vol. 108 no. 5477 1985; (p. 78,80)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Eccentric in Full Bloom Laurie Clancy , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 August 1985; (p. 13)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Fat Lil Shakes and Shocks Adrian Mitchell , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 22-23 June 1985; (p. 15)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Fine Treatment of a Sydney Legend Don Anderson , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 28 June-4 July 1985; (p. 32)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Grenville's Lilian, Life as Legend Marion Halligan , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 October 1985; (p. B2)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Larger Than Life Lil Leaves us Exultant Katharine England , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Saturday Review , 17 August 1985; (p. 7)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel ; Fine Bones : chronicles of death, life and love Renate Yates 1985 selected work short story
Lil's Story : Facts, Fat, Frailness Facts, Fat and Frailness Elizabeth Jolley , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 June 1985; (p. 42) Eight Voices of the Eighties : Stories, Journalism and Criticism by Australian Women Writers 1989; (p. 331-333)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Women's Story Anne Brewster , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 2 1985; (p. 27-31)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel ; Room to Move : The Redress Press Anthology of Australian Women's Short Stories 1985 anthology short story ; Welou, My Brother Faith Bandler 1984 single work novel
Untitled Kerryn Goldsworthy , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , vol. 5 no. 5 1985; (p. 17-19)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Untitled G. McGregor , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 August 1985; (p. 30)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Three Novels Barbara Jefferis , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , July no. 103 1986; (p. 65-66)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Attention Seekers Tale Katherine Bucknell , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 10 October 1986; (p. 1130)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Untitled Julie Lewis , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , February vol. 1 no. 2 1986; (p. 14)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Untitled J. Purdy , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 7 Septembber 1986; (p. 27)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
The Strangest of Beings Lesley Jane Nonkin , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Belles-Lettres (US) , September vol. 2 no. 1 1986; (p. 6)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
Sins of the Fathers Leslie Carper , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Women's Review of Books , July-August 1987; (p. 34)

— Review of Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
The Body and the Text : Extra and Infra Textual Scars Chantal Kwast-Gref , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , vol. 25 no. 1 2002; (p. 15-25)
Author's abstract : In the autobiographical text, the madwoman articulates a space from which to speak. The writing of madness is neither about introspection nor about escapism but is much more concerned with translating inner states. Autobiography functions like a mirror in which we see a Gestalt, a global image of our selves.
y The Construction of Femininity and Female Sexuality in Contemporary Australian Fiction : A Reading of Four Novels Colleen Keane , 1990 Z1053323 1990 single work thesis
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.'
Psychotic Fictions and Terrible Truths: Reading Madness, Femininity and Excessive Speech Laura Deane , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 15 no. 2005; (p. 74-90)
First Voice Kate Grenville , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 3 December 2005; (p. 29)
"Impossible Speech" and the Burden of Translation : Lilian's Story from Page to Screen Alice Healy , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 5 2006; (p. 163-178) Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 135-152)

In Lilian's Story, Lilian 'claims, "I have never cultivated the burden of memory." This essay extends Lilian's suggestion in order to problematise the "burden of translation" and its significance for recent ideas of history as performance, variously applied by writers from Greg Dening to Judith Butler.' (p.162) Further, 'this essay examines the translation from novel to film, and its significance to ideas of the "re-staging" of history through performance.' (p.164)

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.
My Life as a Book Robert Holden , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crackpots, Ratbags and Rebels : A Swag of Aussie Eccentrics 2005; (p. 195-209)
Holden looks at a selection of Australian eccentrics who have inspired literary characterisation.
y Adaptations : A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film Denise Faithfull , Brian Hannant , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1361797 2007 single work criticism Adaptations discusses approaches to adaptations of various forms of literature using a range of Australian texts and films as examples.
Sydney by the Book Malcolm Knox , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The (Sydney) Magazine , May no. 49 2007; (p. 66-72)
Knox comments on the ways in which Sydney's suburbs have inspired a range of contemporary authors.
Le corps ecrit-inscrit : anorexie, automutilation et folie dans la litterature australienne Chantal Kwast-Gref , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Correspondances Oceaniennes , June vol. 6 no. 1 2007; (p. 17-20)
Lilian's Story : Kate Grenville (1950- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 312-315)
'A Shocking Bad Book to Be Sure, Sir' : The Gothic as Counter-Discursive Strategy in Margaret Atwood's and Kate Grenville's Fiction Gerry Turcotte , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Peripheral Fear : Transformations of the Gothic in Canadian and Australian Fiction 2009; (p. 203-231)
Theorising the Madwoman : Fictocritical Incursions - A Performance Laura Deane , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'‘Theorising the madwoman : fictocritical incursions - a performance’ is an intervention into the politics of naming and writing about women’s madness in literature. Using fictocritical tactics, this article stages a dialogue between the madwoman and the critic to make visible ‘the fiction of the disembodied scholar’ deployed in textual criticism. Sometimes speaking as the madwoman, sometimes as the feminist critic, I aim to destabilise the voice of the objective scholar, while continuing to lay some claim to it. Polyvocal in arrangement, discordant and offbeat in its strategies, and fictocritical in its tactics and stylistics, this article is an incursion into, rather than an interpretation of, women’s madness. Using a hybrid of fictional strategies, feminist scholarship, and personal experience, I allow the madwoman to interrupt, challenge and resist the interpretive project, by careening into it. Provisional, disorderly and subversive, fictocriticism offers a way of thinking through, rather than thinking about women’s madness. It seems particularly suited to an investigation of the madwoman in literature, as it dramatises the very disorder and instability the madwoman is said to embody.' (Author's abstract)
Great Expectations Peter Craven , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 6-9)
The Postcolonial Belly Laugh : Appetite and Its Suppression Dorothy Jones , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Social Semiotics , vol. 2 no. 2 1992; (p. 21-39) A Kingdom and a Place of Exile : Critical Essays on Postcolonial Women's Writing 2010; (p. 70-81)
Greek Olives and Italian Prosciutto on Crusty French Bread : Food in Contemporary Fiction by Australian Women Jennifer Mitchell , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;
'Women have often had a troubled relationship with food, but in recent decades there has been a bit of a turn around - at least in fictional terms. In some earlier Australian feminist fiction from the 1970s and 1980s, women were often portrayed as oppressed by, or resistant to, food and eating. Here I explore food in Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story, Andrea Goldsmith's Gracious Living, and two works by Helen Garner - The Children's Bach and Cosmo Cosmolino. In these stories women refrain from eating, or over indulge, as forms of resistance to oppression. But times have changed. This essay examines the changing nature of how food is represented in fiction by Australian women. The later novels explored here - Drusilla Modjeska's The Orchard, Marion Halligan's The Fog Garden, Stephanie Dowrick Tasting Salt and Amanda Lohrey's Camille's Bread (1995) - significantly reframe food preparation and consumption as positive experiences that promote women's independence, and contribute to their creative lives and personal relationships. These later texts transcend the earlier view of domesticated women as anxious or resistant consumers of food. Instead, food is aesthetically rich and sensually rewarding; a controllable and pleasurable experience promoting health, wellbeing, and positive loving relationships. (Author's abstract)
Menstrual Metamorphosis and the 'Foreign Country of Femaleness' Anna Gething , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing 2010; (p. 267-281)

This criticism examines the writings of Kate Grenville and Caribbean writer Jamaica Kincaid both of whom articulate the doubleness of female subjectivity. Particular emphasis is given to the dichotomy between aesthetic femininity and abject femaleness. This discussion includes summaries of Julia Kristeva's twentieth century abjection theory and Edmund's Burke's eighteenth century theory of aesthetics.

Interview with Kate Grenville on Dark Places Michelle Weisz , Anna Bang , 1999 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , Spring-Summer vol. 59 no. 3-4 1999; (p. 180-184)
Kate Grenville as Public Intellectual Brigid Rooney , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lighting Dark Places : Essays on Kate Grenville. 2010; (p. 18-38)
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