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Issue Details: First known date: 1985 1985
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'Alma Porch, novelist and aspiring dramatist, is hired to teach a course in Trinity College's "Better Body Through the Arts" summer program for overweight adults. On the rundown campus in the remote Australian outback, Alma is surrounded by starving matrons, orgies of sex and gluttony, and an eccentric group of staff and students who are eager to open themselves to the transforming possibilities of her screenplay, "Foxybaby." As the students develop their roles and film this story of a father trying to rescue his runaway daughter and her baby from discos and drugs, the play becomes a kind of therapy and begins to unite and console the lonely hearts of this unlikely group in surprising ways.In this wise and frequently uproarious book, Elizabeth Jolley is at her provocative best.' (Publisher's blurb)

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Viking , 1985 .
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 0140084185 (pbk.)
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Penguin , 1986 .
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 0140083804
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Penguin , 1987 .
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 014009914X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Persea Books , 2010 .
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 9780892553631, 0892553634
Alternative title: FoxyBaby : Roman
    • Vienna,
      c
      Austria,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Paul Zsolnay , 1989 .
      Extent: 288p.
      ISBN: 355204101X

Works about this Work

Elizabeth Jolley : A Cross-Cultural Life in Writing Barbara Milech , Brian Dibble , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;

'Elizabeth Jolley is one of Australia's most significant writers: she published some two dozen books of fiction, essays and radio dramas, won every major Australian literary award, received four honorary doctorates, was awarded the Order of Australia for service to Australian Literature in 1988, and was named an Australian 'National Living Treasure' in 1997.

Her career has its roots in the UK, the place of her birth, schooling and early marriage. In 1959 she travelled with her three children and her husband to Perth, Western Australia, where Leonard Jolley took up a position as foundation Librarian of the University of Western Australia. She brought with her a trunk full of unpublished/rejected manuscripts which provided the initial materials from which she developed her published fictions and essays in Australia.

This article explores the institutional frameworks in Australia which enabled Jolley - a constant writer from childhood - to develop, in David Carter's phrase, 'a career in writing' from the mid-1970s onwards. It argues that Jolley rewrote her foundation manuscripts (written in another country) both to imagine Australian lives and to conform to Australian publishers' requirements. In doing so, it traces how the fiction and essays translate the experience of migration/exile, often thematised through the recurrent image of being 'on the edge,' into the particular and powerful ethic of love that informs Jolley's writing.' (Author's abstract)

Reading Institutional Women : A Nexus Approach to Bourdieu, Summer Heights High, and the Fiction of Elizabeth Jolley Larissa McLean-Davies , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October/November vol. 24 no. 3-4 2009; (p. 66-78)
The essay uses Bourdieu's theories to show the ways in which some key female characters in institutions in Lilley's Summer Heights High and Jolley's fiction support the workings of institutional patriarchal power. In the final section, the author draws on the concept of 'heterotopia', in order to discuss the ways in which 'these texts contest masculine institutional paradigms, and explore the limits and possibilities of the alternative views offered by these fictions' (74).
A Scattered Catalogue of Consolation Elizabeth Jolley , 2006 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Learning to Dance : Elizabeth Jolley : Her Life and Work 2006; (p. 17-53)
The Gendered Literary Landscapes of Elizabeth Jolley Fionnuala Neville , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Land and Identity : Proceedings of the 1997 Conference Held at The University of New England Armidale New South Wales 27-30 September 1997 1998; (p. 197-201)
Elizabeth Jolley's Bourgeois Carnival: Novelistic and Social Dialogism in 'Foxybaby' and 'Mr Scobie's Riddle' Cecilia Pietropoli , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Representation, Discourse and Desire : Contemporary Australian Culture and Critical Theory 1994; (p. 184-193)
Pietropoli investigates the position of canonical and non-canonical literature in Australia, developing on the idea of an Australian carnivalesque and how this might constitute part of a national 'voice'. - editor's note
Aristophanic Love-Dyads: Community, Communion, and Cherishing in Elizabeth Jolley's Fiction Barbara Milech , Brian Dibble , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 7 no. 1 1993; (p. 3-10)
Against the Grain : Dream Narrative in Elizabeth Jolley's 'Foxybaby' Jennifer Livett , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , October no. 36 1993; (p. 211-219)
y Helplessly Tangled in Female Arms and Legs : Elizabeth Jolley's Fictions Paul Salzman , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1993 Z435794 1993 single work criticism The study considers the critical reception of Jolley's fiction and the variety of interpretations it has attracted. Salzman discusses the representation of women, themes of migration and exile, memory, narrative structure and the reader/writer relationship, and the role of family in Jolley's writing. The 'construction' of Jolley as a writer and Australian cultural icon is also explored.
Writing into the Land: The Textual Mediation of Relationships to the Land in Elizabeth Jolley's Fiction Chris Prentice , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 1-14)
Selves and Others in Elizabeth Jolley's Narrative M. S. Suarez Lafuente , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 15-23)
Surprise in the Novels of Elizabeth Jolley Martin Gray , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 24-36)
The Joseph Complex or the Father/Daughter Bond in the Fiction of Elizabeth Jolley Joan Kirkby , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 63-81)
Reading Elizabeth Jolley Brenda Walker , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 82-93)
Breaking the Realist Mirror: With a (Female) Difference Sue Gillett , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 105-120)
Elizabeth Jolley : New Worlds and Old A. P. Riemer , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 371-382)
Strange Regions There Are (for Robert Finlay-Jones) Elizabeth Jolley , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 14 May 1990; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry , no. 25 1991; (p. 34-42) Central Mischief : Elizabeth Jolley on Writing, Her Past and Herself 1992; (p. 103-120)
Untitled John Colmer , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 140)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled Roslynn D. Haynes , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 140-141)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled Susan McKernan , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 141)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Barefoot in Bright Light Elizabeth Jolley , 1988 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Outrider : A Journal of Multicultural Literature in Australia , vol. 5 no. 1/2 1988; (p. 452-458)
A Feminist View of the Young Artist Susan McKernan , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 November vol. 108 no. 5495 1985; (p. 99-100)

— Review of Running Backwards Over Sand Stephanie Dowrick 1985 single work novel ; Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Three Novels Barbara Jefferis , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , July no. 103 1986; (p. 65-66)

— Review of A Long Time Dying Olga Masters 1985 selected work short story ; Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
A Jolley Comic Horror Helen Daniel , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 7 September 1985; (p. 13)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
As Cunning as a Fox Katharine England , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 September 1985; (p. 7)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Dream-Crowded Inferno : Laughter and Tears and Laughter Brian Dibble , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (1985-1986) no. 77 1985; (p. 29-31)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Jolley is Familiar - Yet Surprising Elizabeth Webby , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 September 1985; (p. 47)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Family Melodramas Mary Ellen Brown , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 2 1985; (p. 1-3)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley 1984 single work novel
Untitled E. Butel , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: National Times , 6-12 September 1985; (p. 30)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled V. Chapple , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 November 1985; (p. 7)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled John Colmer , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 7-8 September 1985; (p. 17)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled L. Chamberlain , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 13 June 1986; (p. 645)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled Helen Garner , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , January vol. 1 no. 1 1986; (p. 12)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled Carolyn Gerrish , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Womanspeak , vol. 10 no. 1 1986; (p. 26)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
New Fiction : A Village Hampden, Wasting Sweetness and the Short Annals of the Poor Elizabeth Perkins , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 30 no. 3 1986; (p. 80-83)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel ; Benton's Conviction Geoff Page 1985 single work novel ; A Long Time Dying Olga Masters 1985 selected work short story
Elizabeth Jolley Something Remarkable Every Time Stephanie Trigg , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Scripsi , July vol. 4 no. 1 1986; (p. 265-274)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled Brenda Walker , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , March vol. 31 no. 1 1986; (p. 91-94)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Boiled Up with People Molly Hite , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Belles-Lettres (US) , September vol. 2 no. 1 1986; (p. 2)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley 1984 single work novel
Taking the Jolley Treatment Marion Halligan , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 18 January 1986; (p. B2)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled John Colmer , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 140)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
Untitled Roslynn D. Haynes , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 140-141)

— Review of Foxybaby Elizabeth Jolley 1985 single work novel
A Scattered Catalogue of Consolation Elizabeth Jolley , 2006 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Learning to Dance : Elizabeth Jolley : Her Life and Work 2006; (p. 17-53)
Elizabeth Jolley's Bourgeois Carnival: Novelistic and Social Dialogism in 'Foxybaby' and 'Mr Scobie's Riddle' Cecilia Pietropoli , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Representation, Discourse and Desire : Contemporary Australian Culture and Critical Theory 1994; (p. 184-193)
Pietropoli investigates the position of canonical and non-canonical literature in Australia, developing on the idea of an Australian carnivalesque and how this might constitute part of a national 'voice'. - editor's note
Reading Institutional Women : A Nexus Approach to Bourdieu, Summer Heights High, and the Fiction of Elizabeth Jolley Larissa McLean-Davies , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October/November vol. 24 no. 3-4 2009; (p. 66-78)
The essay uses Bourdieu's theories to show the ways in which some key female characters in institutions in Lilley's Summer Heights High and Jolley's fiction support the workings of institutional patriarchal power. In the final section, the author draws on the concept of 'heterotopia', in order to discuss the ways in which 'these texts contest masculine institutional paradigms, and explore the limits and possibilities of the alternative views offered by these fictions' (74).
Elizabeth Jolley : A Cross-Cultural Life in Writing Barbara Milech , Brian Dibble , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;

'Elizabeth Jolley is one of Australia's most significant writers: she published some two dozen books of fiction, essays and radio dramas, won every major Australian literary award, received four honorary doctorates, was awarded the Order of Australia for service to Australian Literature in 1988, and was named an Australian 'National Living Treasure' in 1997.

Her career has its roots in the UK, the place of her birth, schooling and early marriage. In 1959 she travelled with her three children and her husband to Perth, Western Australia, where Leonard Jolley took up a position as foundation Librarian of the University of Western Australia. She brought with her a trunk full of unpublished/rejected manuscripts which provided the initial materials from which she developed her published fictions and essays in Australia.

This article explores the institutional frameworks in Australia which enabled Jolley - a constant writer from childhood - to develop, in David Carter's phrase, 'a career in writing' from the mid-1970s onwards. It argues that Jolley rewrote her foundation manuscripts (written in another country) both to imagine Australian lives and to conform to Australian publishers' requirements. In doing so, it traces how the fiction and essays translate the experience of migration/exile, often thematised through the recurrent image of being 'on the edge,' into the particular and powerful ethic of love that informs Jolley's writing.' (Author's abstract)

Aristophanic Love-Dyads: Community, Communion, and Cherishing in Elizabeth Jolley's Fiction Barbara Milech , Brian Dibble , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 7 no. 1 1993; (p. 3-10)
The Gendered Literary Landscapes of Elizabeth Jolley Fionnuala Neville , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Land and Identity : Proceedings of the 1997 Conference Held at The University of New England Armidale New South Wales 27-30 September 1997 1998; (p. 197-201)
Strange Regions There Are (for Robert Finlay-Jones) Elizabeth Jolley , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 14 May 1990; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry , no. 25 1991; (p. 34-42) Central Mischief : Elizabeth Jolley on Writing, Her Past and Herself 1992; (p. 103-120)
Against the Grain : Dream Narrative in Elizabeth Jolley's 'Foxybaby' Jennifer Livett , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , October no. 36 1993; (p. 211-219)
Writing into the Land: The Textual Mediation of Relationships to the Land in Elizabeth Jolley's Fiction Chris Prentice , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 1-14)
Selves and Others in Elizabeth Jolley's Narrative M. S. Suarez Lafuente , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 15-23)
Surprise in the Novels of Elizabeth Jolley Martin Gray , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 24-36)
The Joseph Complex or the Father/Daughter Bond in the Fiction of Elizabeth Jolley Joan Kirkby , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 63-81)
Reading Elizabeth Jolley Brenda Walker , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 82-93)
Breaking the Realist Mirror: With a (Female) Difference Sue Gillett , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Elizabeth Jolley : New Critical Essays 1991; (p. 105-120)
Barefoot in Bright Light Elizabeth Jolley , 1988 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Outrider : A Journal of Multicultural Literature in Australia , vol. 5 no. 1/2 1988; (p. 452-458)
Displaced Persons - Some Preoccupations in Elizabeth Jolley's Fiction A. P. Riemer , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 31 no. 2 1986; (p. 64-79)
A Literary Offering : Elizabeth Jolley Helen Daniel , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Liars : Australian New Novelists 1988; (p. 267-300)
'Compares Jolley's fiction to Bach's "Offering," her work consisting of "component literary fugues and canons, each one a fiction it itself, and the whole graceful totality." Examines Jolley's handling of time, characterization, narrative, and theme in this light' (Annotation in Robert L. Ross, Australian Literary Criticism - 1945-1988, 238).
Elizabeth Jolley Pam Gilbert , 1988 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Coming Out from Under : Contemporary Australian Woman Writers 1988; (p. 43-65)
Elizabeth Jolley : New Worlds and Old A. P. Riemer , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 371-382)
y Helplessly Tangled in Female Arms and Legs : Elizabeth Jolley's Fictions Paul Salzman , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1993 Z435794 1993 single work criticism The study considers the critical reception of Jolley's fiction and the variety of interpretations it has attracted. Salzman discusses the representation of women, themes of migration and exile, memory, narrative structure and the reader/writer relationship, and the role of family in Jolley's writing. The 'construction' of Jolley as a writer and Australian cultural icon is also explored.
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