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  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1993 1993
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'In the mid-1840s, a thirteen-year-old boy, Gemmy Fairley, is cast ashore in the far north of Australia and taken in by Aborigines. Sixteen years later, when settlers reach the area, he moves back into the world of Europeans, men and women who are staking out their small patch of home in an alien place, hopeful and yet terrified of what it might do to them.

Given shelter by the McIvors, the family of the children who originally made contact with him, Gemmy seems at first to be guaranteed a secure role in the settlement, but there are currents of fear and mistrust in the air. To everyone he meets - from George Abbot, the romantically aspiring young teacher, to Mr Frazer, the minister, whose days are spent with Gemmy recording the local flora; from Janet McIvor, just coming to adulthood and discovering new versions of the world, to the eccentric Governor of Queensland himself - Gemmy stands as a different kind of challenge, as a force which both fascinates and repels. And Gemmy himself finds his own whiteness as unsettling in this new world as the knowledge he brings with him of the savage, the Aboriginal.' - Publisher's blurb (Chatto & Windus, 1993).


  • Epigraph: 'Whether this is Jerusalem or Babylon we know not' (William Blake: The Four Zoas).
  • Epigraph: 'Strange shapes and void afflict the soul / And shadow to the eye / A world on fire while smoke seas roll / And lightnings rend the sky / The moon shall be as blood the sun / Black as a thunder cloud / The stars shall turn to blue and dun / And heaven by darkness bowed / Shall make sun dark and give no day / When stars like skys shall be / When heaven and earth shall pass away / Wilt thou Remember me' (John Clare).
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Chatto and Windus ; Random House , 1993 .
      This image has been sourced from online
      Extent: 202p.
      ISBN: 0701158832
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      United States of America (USA),
      Pantheon Books , 1993 .
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 200p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0679427244
    • Toronto, Ontario,
      Knopf , 1993 .
      Extent: 202p.
      Edition info: 1st Canadian ed.
      ISBN: 0394280075
    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Vintage , 1994 .
      Extent: 202p.
      ISBN: 009930242X
Alternative title: Herinnering aan Babylon
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Van Gennep , 1994 .
      Extent: 215p.
      ISBN: 9060129822

Works about this Work

Between Belonging and Dwelling : The Hospitality of David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon Nicolette Bragg , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , vol. 21 no. 2 2015; (p. 205-222)
'This article argues that David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon relates two narratives, one of hospitality and one of the nation. Rather than corroborating each other, these narratives conflict. By emphasising the novel’s account of hospitality and the accommodation of the stranger, this article intervenes in readings of the novel as a national allegory. Rather than simply a legacy of colonialism with revised legitimacy, the nation in Remembering Babylon signals the failure of hospitality.' (Publication abstract)
The Corpus of the Continent : Embodiments of Australia in World Literature Vilashini Cooppan , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 15 no. 3 2015;

'What is the present status of imagining a continental scale for literature as it denotes something that is neither national, regional, nor global? How does a continental formation such as Australia’s invite a reframing of the national-global dichotomy so constitutive to the methodologies of world literature? Critical regionalisms, worlding, ‘planetary’ poetics, and systems-based and network analyses of culture, history, and literature all offer rich supplements to national-global thinking, as evidenced by recent developments in world literature theory. This paper turns to the category of continent as one that simultaneously conjures territorial place, geological time-scales, indigenous history, colonial projects, and postcolonial national politics and affiliations. How do these various vectors play out in making and remaking a sense of continental identity? In what ways do literary canons inflect this process? Given the function of canons as a memory discourses of a kind, how do the critical politics of memory structure a reading of Australian, African, Indo-Pakistani, European, or hemispheric American ‘continental literature’?

'This paper does not inventory any of these literatures but rather explores how thinking at a continental scale brings into focus particular aspects of a literary corpus: deep historical time, territorial inheritance, ghost presences of those who were here before, necropolitical violence, ecological being and nonanthropocentric relationality, and more. These aspects turn on various corporealizations or embodiments of a continent (land, canon), but they are also deeply indebted to what might be called continental corpses, that is, the dead who still walk the land, still claim their day, still await their incorporation, and still oblige us to confront the traumatic histories of the past. This paper turns to the landscape of memory, as configured in trauma theory, psychoanalytic theory, and memory studies, in order to theorize the category of continental literature as something distinct from, and certainly useful for, world literature.' (Publication abstract)

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)

Closure, Completion and Memory in Harland's Half Acre : Phil's Story Carolyn Masel , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;
'Most of the excellent critical work on this novel deals with the topic that Malouf has identified as its central issue. Frank Harland’s original plan is to buy back his family’s land, lost through gambling and general carelessness, using the proceeds of the sale of his paintings. His thinking has to be radically altered after the death of his nephew and heir. Possession, he comes to realise, is an imaginative thing rather than a physical thing. This essay does not repeat or summarise previous critical contributions, which trace conceptions of non-Indigenous ownership all the way from terra nullius to the ethical ambitions of whiteness studies. Instead, focusing solely on Phil’s story, it deals with the construction and function of memory in the work and on the building of an emotional climax close to its end. It includes discussion of characters’ particular memories, the creation of verbal memories for the reader, and the use of memory to intensify emotion at strategic points of the novel, especially the climax.' (Publication abstract)
David Malouf and the Poetics of Possibility Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;

'The essay addresses the poetic dimension of David Malouf's novels, suggesting that a poetics of possibility can be found in all his work. The poetics of possibility is a function both of Malouf’s thematic interest in the future and of his use of poetic language to draw the reader to imagine various kinds of ways of experiencing and knowing the world. The essay draws upon the philosophy of Ernst Bloch to illuminate the utopian dimension of Malouf’s work, whether in seeing the radiance of possibility in simple objects, the silent ‘presence’ at the centre of language, or the possibility of a different kind of future that Australian society might have experienced.' (Publication abstract)

David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon As a Reconsideration of Pastoral Idealisation Clare Archer-Lean , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;

'David Malouf's oeuvre is characterised by a specific treatment of the natural world. Malouf’s sensitivity towards nature is very present in 'Remembering Babylon', inspired by the true story of Gemmy Morrill, ‘lost’ in the ‘wilds’, the novel framed by epigraphs drawn from Romantic poetry. This paper seeks to re-examine this treatment through an ecocritical lens. That is, I seek to explore the novel in terms of its redress of denigrating, exploitative, or idealistic views of human relationships with the non-human natural realm.

'Remembering Babylon' pits characters’ interactions with the natural world in diverse ways and the culminating impression is far from idealistic or apolitical. Ultimately, the novel’s complex rendering of human relationships with place and the non-human animal offers a specific challenge to romanticised visions of place. This argument is counter to some criticism of the novel as idealisation of the natural world at the expense of historically salient political considerations.

''Remembering Babylon' explores the significant political issue of human attitudes to the natural realm in complex ways. In order to reconsider the criticism of idealism, the novel is examined in terms of the genre most closely associated with idealisation of the environment: the pastoral. 'Remembering Babylon' appears to have a complex relationship with what can loosely be termed ‘the pastoral’. The novel revises idealising visions of nature and gently parodies the notion that nature is separate from or a tool of human, cultural concerns, particularly through its figurative and literal foregrounding of the nonhuman animal. The epigraph provides a deliberate and significant signal of Malouf’s challenge to pastoral understandings of nature because the poets cited within it, William Blake and John Clare, arguably offer in their wider body of work what might be termed a post-pastoral ethos that evokes, challenges and thus adapts pastoral idealism of nature. The paper suggests that 'Remembering Babylon' expresses such a post-pastoral ethos, if in a very different context and form from Blake and Clare.' (Publication abstract)

Tracking Our Country in Settler Literature Jeanine Leane , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This is a narrative paper that tracks a story of Aboriginal representation and the concept of nation across the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries through some important Australian texts. I read this assemblage of settler literature through the cultural metaphor of tracking, because tracking is as much about anticipation as it is following. Tracking is about reading: reading land and people before and after whitefellas. It is about entering into the consciousness of the person or people of interest. Tracking is not just about reading the physical signs; it is about reading the mind. It is not just about seeing and hearing what is there; it is as much about what is not there. Tony Morrisson wrote of mapping ‘the critical geography’ (3) of the white literary imagination in her work on Africanist presence in American Literature, Playing in the Dark. This paper tracks the settler imagination on Aboriginal presence in Australian literature in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. ' (Author's introduction)
The Swinging Stirrup Iron : Murder Most Pastoral in Queensland Fiction Geoff Rodoreda , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 5 no. 1 2014;

In the brief massacre scene at the end of David Malouf’s 1993 novel Remembering Babylon an unusual weapon of frontier murder is introduced to Australian narrative prose: the swinging stirrup iron. In Alex Miller’s 2002 novel, Journey to the Stone Country, the stirrup iron returns to wreak even more murderous havoc. The stirrup iron functions here to provide a symbolic link to the particularities of violence in colonial Queensland, for it specifically connects the iconic national figure of the cattleman/drover with the killing of Aboriginal people on the frontier. This article examines these texts, and, more briefly, other representations of the Australian cattleman in contemporary Queensland fiction, against a backdrop of recent historical research that reconfigures cattle and their human managers as central to the story of frontier murder and the stealing of Aboriginal land that constituted the colonisation of large parts of Australia, especially of Queensland, in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Reconciling Historical F(r)iction : Exploring the Uncanny Edges of Australianness in David Malouf’s 'Remembering Babylon' Cornelis Martin Renes , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 5 no. 1 2014;

David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon (1993) chooses an imagery that evokes a Indigenous-inspired way of dealing with historical experience so as to “heal” the nation. Thus, his fictional attempt at the Reconciliation of mainstream and Indigenous Australia partakes in the official revision of contact history which recognises Indigenous claims upon a de-Aboriginalised past from which an Anglo-Celtic national identity has been constructed. Yet, Malouf’s revision of Australianness is as troubling as the official Reconciliation process proved to be. Malouf’s romantic adaptation of the life of the historic James Murrells—emulating the iconic figure of the white man gone native—replicates the tense 1990s debate on Reconciliation and Apology but takes it out of its political context. Unlike his real-life model, the cultural hybrid Gemmy Fairley is consistently infantilised and feminised at his return to white civilisation, which undercuts his possibilities for agency and takes the reader back to the very tensions in race and gender the narrative underplays but cannot overcome. Whereas Malouf’s subscription to a romantic literary project aims to bring the nation into contact with itself through a healing re-Dreaming of history, this produces a f(r)iction in which re-imagination and distortion of the past uncannily circle through each other, unsettling the political correctness the tale aims to forward. This postcolonial uncanny ambiguity, the result of competing histories and world views, is in tune with the open-endedness of Malouf’s novel: as a postmodern Australian explorer narrative, rather than offering a notion of resolution, its longing for a repaired or “full” Australian identity remains trapped in nostalgia. [From the journal's webpage]

Ecosofia E Traduzione : Remembering Babylon Di David Malouf Franca Cavagnoli , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 13 2014; (p. 43-53)

'L’articolo ripercorre il cammino da me seguito nel tradurre David Malouf in italiano: dalla difficoltà di seguire lo scrittore australiano nelle sue scelte stilistiche al desiderio di aderire sia ai campi espressivi da lui prediletti sia a quella chiara nota di leggerezza e precisione che caratterizza la sua prosa. Nel versare in italiano i romanzi di Malouf ho sempre cercato di non esercitare alcun impatto negativo sull’ambiente testuale, sottraendomi alla volontà di dominio sul testo altrui e favorendo un dialogo profondo tra chi scrive e chi offre ospitalità nella propria lingua madre.'

'The article retraces the path I followed in my translation of David Malouf’s works into Italian: from the difficulty of staying in step with the Australian author’s stylistic choices to managing to adhere both to his favourite semantic fields and to that clear note of lightness and precision that characterises his writing. In translating Malouf’s novels my aim has always been to avoid exerting any negative impact on the textual environment, never giving in to the will to dominate the other’s text and trying instead to encourage an intense dialogue between the writer and the translator, offering hospitality in her mother tongue.' (Publication abstract)

Re-Viewing History : Bicentennial Fictions Jo Jones , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 447-483)
Beyond the Nation : Australian Literature as World Literature Bill Ashcroft , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 34-46)
Reading Malouf's Remembering Babylon in Tokyo Kate Darian-Smith , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 6-9)
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)
Home-Spun Songs of the Subaltern : Writing Race in Fiction Mary-Ellen Stringer , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Programs , October vol. 15 no. 2 2011;
'Reams of words have already been written on (the bodies of) the marginalised. I argue that the language we use to tell stories of difference has become so saturated with overdetermined and proscriptive meaning that its efficacy in articulating the complexity of life at the margins has been compromised. Language, both academic and creative, has absorbed a sophisticated, quasi-religious trope that is shot through with images and references to 'the sacred', and while purporting to 'help' serves to further silence the lived experience of whole sections of the community already struggling to be heard. My aim is to mine a seam of language from the collective imagination that will depict aspects of the real and the now that remain for the most part unspoken, if not unspeakable.' (Author's abstract)
Rearranging the Dead Cat Bruce Pascoe , 2011 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 2 2011; (p. 14-23)
Australian Voices : Presence and Absence in the Senior Literature Classroom Prue Gill , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 31-51)
'Recently I listened to an Indigenous educator respond to the draft Australian Curriculum and it would be hard to have been in that audience and not be infected by the sheer relief expressed, that at last the knowledges of Indigenous peoples will be brought into the curriculum in a consistent and self-conscious manner. This at least is the potential of the curriculum, as this educator saw it. While most of us at the forum were expressing disappointment about what we saw before us as an atomised, technicist approach to English in the consultation draft, with its attendant matrix of strands, standards and levels, here was a firm reminder of the nature of 'standpoint'. Despite many of the criticisms voiced about the Australian curriculum, and the sense of opportunity lost for an imaginative national discussion about what we value as important learning, I've heard no one question the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives...' (From author's introduction, 31)
'White Aboriginals' : White Australian Literary Responses to the Challenge of Indigenous Histories Russell West-Pavlov , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imaginary Antipodes : Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture 2011; (p. 71-86)
'Chapter 4 examines the phenomenon of the 'white Aboriginal,' a putative figure of cultural synthesis as proclaimed in Germaine Greer's maverick manifesto Whitefella Jump Up (2003). However, in texts such as Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves (1976) and David Malouf's Remembering Babylon (1993), Liam Davison's The White Woman (1994), and Stephen Gray's The Artist is a Thief (2001), the 'white Aborigine' figure progressively modulates into a sign of appropriation rather than of reconciliation.' (From author's introduction, 12)
Invasion and Pathology : Australia, Mabo, McGahan and Malouf Russell West-Pavlov , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imaginary Antipodes : Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture 2011; (p. 101-113) Border Crossings : Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media 2012; (p. 17-29)
'...this section addresses what was, symbolically, at least, undoubtedly the most significant event in the recent history of indigenous Australia: the 1992 High Court 'Mabo' decision, which confirmed the ongoing validity of native title. Tragically Mabo appears to have had relatively little impact on Australian culture (just as it has had only a minor impact on the real practices of restoration of indigenous land ownership). One of the few literary texts to have directly registered the invisible seismic reverberations of Mabo was Andrew McGahan's The White Earth (2004) which this chapter analyzes in terms of the text's domination metaphor, that of disease.' (From author's introduction, Imaginary Antipodes : Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture 13)
Tightrope Walker Vision : Something of Language, Home, and History in David Malouf ’s Remembering Babylon Lamia Tayeb , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , July-October vol. 42 no. 2-3 2011;
Untitled David A. Myers , 1993-1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 5 no. 2 1993-1994; (p. 172-174)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Do Not Shoot : I Am a British Object Amanda Nettelbeck , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 2 1993; (p. 30-32)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Artful Cynthia Blanche , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , January-February vol. 38 no. 1-2 1994; (p. 115-117)

— Review of Crocodile on the Thames Peter Ferguson 1993 single work novel ; Art Rat Robert Wallace 1993 single work novel ; Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel ; Bitters End David Owen 1993 single work novel
Centring the Other Suzanne Falkiner , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Voices , Winter vol. 3 no. 2 1993; (p. 117-120)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Destined to Endure Peter Straus , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 150 1993; (p. 6-7)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Ellipticity C. K. Stead , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 10 June vol. 15 no. 11 1993; (p. 28-29)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Epic Themes, Subtle Scale A. P. Riemer , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 April 1993; (p. 47)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Epiphanies Gerard Windsor , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , May no. 114 1993; (p. 30)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Epiphanies Gerard Windsor , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , June no. 54 1993; (p. 15)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Familiar and Brilliant Katharine England , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 24 April 1993; (p. 5)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
King of Culture Shock Imre Salusinszky , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 April 1993; (p. rev 7)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Lovers on Location John Mellors , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: London Magazine , August-September vol. 33 no. 5-6 1993; (p. 154-157)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Magic of Memory Peter Pierce , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 April vol. 115 no. 5867 1993; (p. 98)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Malouf : Return of the Native Son Susan Geason , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 18 April 1993; (p. 104)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Malouf's Long Poem David English , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 132 1993; (p. 20-22)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Perennial Refugee Who Does Not Belong Anywhere Ralph Elliott , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 May 1993; (p. C9)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Raised by the Aborigines Suzanne Berne , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 17 October 1993; (p. 7)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
The Life of a British Object Helen Daniel , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 April 1993; (p. 7)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
The Memory of Other Minds Murray Bramwell , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Editions , June no. 16 1993; (p. 21-22)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
The White Blackfellow Julie Carr , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 56 1993; (p. 71-72)

— Review of Remembering Babylon David Malouf 1993 single work novel
Racializing Babylon : Settler Whiteness and the 'New Racism' Penelope Ingram , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Literary History , Winter vol. 32 no. 1 2001; (p. 159-176)
This article examines the portrayal of settlers as conciously differentiating their whiteness from what they regard as inferior races and cultures and discusses white Australia's process of reconciliation with Aboriginal Australia.
The Paradoxes of Marginalisation : David Malouf and the 'Great World' Marc Delrez , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Global and the Particular in the English Speaking World 2002; (p. 97-105)
Alchemical Tropes of Irish Diaspora in David Malouf's Conversations at Curlow Creek and Remembering Babylon James Bulman-May , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Nordic-Irish Studies , no. 1 2002; (p. 63-76)
B-b-british Objects : Possession, Naming, and Translation in David Malouf's Remembering Babylon Alice Brittan , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: PMLA , October vol. 117 no. 5 2002; (p. 1158-1171)
Author's abstract: 'Imported material forms were central to the settlement of Australia as a penal colony, beginning with the "discovery" of the continent by James Cook, who took possession of New South Wales in 1770 by naming Possession Island. The first part of this article traces the intersection in early journals and legal records between material instability and naming, arguing that as Aboriginal peoples and convicts challenged the social meaning of objects, the ability to refer to those objects became essential. The second part explores failed naming in David Malouf's novel "Remembering Babylon" (1993), set on the early-nineteenth-century frontier, whose central character calls himself a "B-b-british object," stuttered words that evoke the historical importance and the vulnerability of imported goods during colonization and settlement in Australia.'
The Call of the Wild : The Strange Cases of David Malouf's Gemmy Fairly and Arun Joshi's Billy Biswas K. Radha , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Austral-Asian Encounters : From Literature and Women's Studies to Politics and Tourism 2003; (p. 156-163)
y Identitatskrisen und unentschiedene ethnische Identitat : das Individuum im Spannungsfeld zweier Kulturkreise vor dem Hintergrund verschiedener Epochen der Besiedlungsgeschichte Australiens, dargestellt in der jungsten australischen Erzahlliteratur Barbara Ergenzinger , Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang , 1998 Z1157544 1998 single work criticism
Cross-Cultural Imagination in David Malouf's Remembering Babylon Don Randall , 2004 single work extract criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 49 no. 2004; (p. 143-154)
Of Land, of Light : The Colonial Landscape in Malouf and Koch Maureen Lynch Percopo , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Paesaggi australiani / Australian Landscapes 2004; (p. 93-116)
Philosophical Encounters with Identity : David Malouf's Remembering Babylon Justyna Sempruch , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 19 no. 1 2005; (p. 44-50)
Reconciling Words and Things : Language Allegories in David Malouf's Remembering Babylon Xavier Pons , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 27 no. 1 2004; (p. 99-110) Reconciliations 2005; (p. 119-132)

Author's abstract: 'A major preoccupation in David Malouf's fiction - particularly in evidence in Remembering Babylon but also in An Imaginary Life - has to do with the relationship between words and things, and with the quest for a kind of language that might be in complete harmony with reality.

At times, Malouf seems to believe this quest can be successful, in spite of the arbitrary and conventional nature of language. But this conviction is undermined by the realisation that language gives shape to reality as we see it, that it is creative rather than simply referential' (99).

Crossing Borders of the Self in the Fiction of David Malouf Mark Byron , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Studies in English , vol. 31 no. 2005; (p. 76-93) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 34)
The essay investigates two of Malouf's novels with regard to the self-other relation: between characters in the story and between the text and the world of the reader. It focuses on three distinct self-other relations: 'the animal and the human (drawing on recent work in ethics by Giorgio Agamben); the relation between two humans as an I and a You (drawing on the theology of Martin Buber); and the human and divinity (drawing on the ethical phenomenology of Emmanuel Levinas)' (76).
Catamorphosis, Becoming and Minor Literature : David Malouf's Remembering Babylon as a Deleuzian Experiment in the Culturally Hybrid Kai Mikkonen , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Discern(e)ments : Deleuzian Aesthetics / Esthetiques deleuziennes 2004; (p. 205-221)
Prize for Malouf Carmel Dwyer , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 September 1994; (p. 28)
Malouf's Fast-Food Prose Poems John Hanrahan , 1993 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Age , 10 November 1993; (p. 14)
Malouf Books His Ticket for the $196,000 Literary Lottery Susan Wyndham , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 April 1996; (p. 3)
The Obstinacy of the Sacred Andrew McCann , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 152-157)
Examines contemporary Australian literature with the view that 'the sacred is at once a powerful symptom of postcolonial disquiet and a path of flight that promises to lead beyond this, and beyond history itself'. (p. 157)
Lives Without Letters : The Illiterate Other in An Imaginary Life, Remembering Babylon and The Conversations at Curlow Creek Helga Ramsey-Kurz , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , April-July vol. 34 no. 2-3 2003; (p. 115-133)
Aliens on the Shore Paul W. Newbury , 2006 single work biography
— Appears in: Encounters : Modern Australian Short Stories 2006; (p. 281-289)
'Dreamlands' : David Malouf and the Nostalgia of Homecoming Maria Maddalena Parlati , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Anglistica , vol. 2 no. 2 1998;
Parlati reads Malouf's Remembering Babylon for its treatment of the impossibility of nostalgic return to origins.
Discomforting Readings : Uncanny Perceptions of Self in Alexis Wright's 'Plains of Promise' and David Malouf's 'Remembering Babylon' Cornelis Martin Renes , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Eucalypt , February no. 2 2003;
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  • Bowen area, Marlborough - Mackay - Townsville area, Queensland,
  • Brisbane, Queensland,
  • 1800-1899
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