A "Bay of Whispers" : Seascape in Simone Lazaroo's The Australian FiancéRosalind McFarlane,
2015single work criticism — Appears in:
12015;(p. 163-173)'The ocean as a border in Australia has been gaining increasing attention, not only with the arrival of asylum seekers by boat and the relentless government policies to prevent this, but also the connections with Asia that Australia's part of Oceania suggests. Recent scholarship by critics such as Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Suvendrini Perera, and Elizabeth McMahon explore the way representations of oceans can evoke, on the one hand, this doubled sense of insularity and threat, but on the other possibility and connection. Despite the ocean's dominant presence and the way it frames conflict and intimate moments, scholarship on Simone Lazaroo's The Australian Fiance has frequently focused on the way the novel deals with racism in Australia via the Eurasian woman's experience of the White Australia Policy. Here, McFarlane examines the depiction of the sea in Lazaroo's novel as it engages with a kind of insularity with reflection and connective possibility in relation to globalization.' (Publication abstract)
Explores the use of demonology in Asian Australian women’s fiction as a way of approaching Simone Lazaroo’s oeuvre through the prism of what Jacques Derrida described as ‘hauntology’.
Transcultural Horizons and the Limitations of Multiculturalism in 'The World Waiting to be Made'Lyn Dickens,
2011single work criticism — Appears in:
2011;'This article examines the limitations of Australian multiculturalism via an analysis of Simone Lazaroo's semi-autobiographical novel The World Waiting to be Made, which charts the life of a young mixed race woman in suburban Perth. Through a close reading of this novel, this article argues that current modes of multiculturalism are ill-equipped to deal with people of racially and culturally mixed heritages. Furthermore, through an exploration of the novel and the work of Caribbean scholars Édouard Glissant and Fernando Ortiz this essay asserts that concepts of syncretism, opacity and transculturation may provide alternative modes of perceiving difference within the nation.' (Author's abstract)
Relations of Difference : Asianness, Indigeneity and Whiteness in Simone Lazaroo's FictionRobyn Morris,
2010single work criticism — Appears in:
1-22010;(p. 116-129)Simone Lazaroo's fiction is important in discussions of Australian identity formation for its exploration of acculturated representations of both Asianness and Indigeneity. Her body of work brings to visibility issues of representation, especially the way race and gender are intertwined as artificial constructs of difference within Australian cultural and historical discourse. This article examines how Lazaroo's novels engage in a triangulated contemporary representational politics through the articulation of 'relations of difference' in which characters of Asian, Indigenous and Anglo ancestry interact and react to racialised and gendered inscriptions of otherness. This article explores how Lazaroo critiques the hyper-visuality and sexualising of the Asian female body by the dominant white Anglo Australian society and the concomitant erasure of the Indigenous body and culture in stories of nation in The World Waiting to be Made (1994), The Australian Fiancé (2000), and The Travel Writer (2006). These works signal Lazaroo's ongoing interrogation of the politics of both relations of difference and looking relations. [from Kunapipi 32,1-2, Abstracts, p. 245]
Food, Race and the Power of Recuperative Identity Politics within Asian Australian Women's FictionRobyn Morris,
2008single work criticism — Appears in:
Journal of Australian Studies,Decembervol.
42008;(p. 499-508)'This article considers the link between consumption, cuisine and agency in fiction by Asian Australian writers, Hsu-Ming Teo, Simone Lazaroo and Lillian Ng. It argues that the issue of whether these writers employ an oppositional poetics during the process of textualising or fictionalisng their experience and reactions to racialised and gendered practices can be addressed through an evaluation of their deployment of the food metaphor. In other words, do these writers challenge the assumption of a monolithic national identity in which Australian multiculturalism is equated with eating or tasting but disavowing the other?' (499)