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y After China single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1992 1992
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'An architect exiled from China meets an Australian woman writer who is terminally ill. He tells her traditional Chinese stories as a way of overcoming time/mortality, and of coming to terms with his own difficult past.

'For a book which takes loneliness and death for its themes, After China has unexpected reserves of warmth, affection and humour. Insisting on the erotic, it is surprisingly delicate, restrained and chaste. And for a work of such diverse and eclectic reference it is rewardingly resonant and interconnected. The whole novel is thus a brilliant feat of balance.' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

After China Peter Copeman , 1998 single work drama

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 1992 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 145p.
      Description: port. Brian Castro (cover).
      Note/s:
      • Published July 1992
      ISBN: 1863732438
      Series: y Allen and Unwin Original Fiction Allen and Unwin (publisher), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 1990 7513778 1990 series - publisher
    • Adelaide, South Australia,: Lythrum Press , 2003 .
      Extent: xv, 159p.p.
      Description: port.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Katharine England
      ISBN: 0957996039
Alternative title: Ling Yi Pian Hai Tan
Language: Chinese
Notes:
English translation of the title: The Other Shore
Notes:
Translated from English into Mandarin.

Works about this Work

Degrees of Transparency in Brian Castro's Birds of Passage and After China Marjorie Aambrosio , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth Essays and Studies , Autumn vol. 35 no. 1 2012; (p. 73-82)
'This essay intends to highlight how Brian Castro's Birds of Passage (1983) and After China (1992) waver between transparency and opacity. It explores some of the techniques employed - among which a blurring of categories and a questioning of narratorial reliability - in order to create what Roland Barthes calls a "text of bliss" - one which challenges the limits of language as a means of communication.' (Author's abstract)
"Grammars of Creation” : An Interview with Brian Castro : 24 November 2008 Marilyne Brun (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 2 no. 1 2011;
'This interview with contemporary Australian writer Brian Castro addresses a number of themes and concepts that are central to his critical work and fiction. In the interview, Castro discusses his oeuvre as a whole, providing insights into the starting point for his first eight novels. He comments on the concepts of transgression, hybridity, polyphonia, cosmopolitanism and play, underlining the central significance of grammar, ethics and aesthetics in his work. The interview also includes reflections on the development of Asian Australian studies and the importance of translating novels. In the final sections of the interview, Castro discusses the relation between his critical work and his novels and reflects on the common conflation of the novelist and the theorist in much literary criticism.' Source: Marilyne Brun.
Centres of Absence in 'After China' Bernadette Brennan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language 2008; (p. 69-93)
Shen fen yu chuang zao li: Jie du Bulaien Kasite de Zhongguo zhi hou Lili Ma , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 97-102)
Diaspora and Identity : A Comparative Study of Brian Castro and Kazuo Ishiguro Yasue Arimitsu , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 133-142)
Castro's After China in China Fen Liang , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Otherland , no. 7 2001; (p. 83-94)
Of Training, Tokenism and Productive Misinterpretation: Reflections on the After China Project Peter Copeman , Rebecca Scollen , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 65 2000; (p. 35-43)
Delineates "the theoretical and practical contexts of the After China project in order to establish an appropriate framework for analytical reflection on the cast responses, especially in relation to ways in which notions of 'boundaries' between cultures might need to be reconsidered in an intracultural context."
Selling Sexotica: Oriental Grunge and Suburbia in Lillian Ng's Swallowing Clouds Tseen-Ling Khoo , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 65 2000; (p. 164-172)
The Scheherezade Motif in Recent Australian Fiction Set in China and Southeast Asia David Brooks , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interactions : Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2000; (p. 75-85)
y 'Apart from the Expected' : The Novels of Brian Castro Michael Deves , 1999 Z976912 1999 single work thesis Outlining the Australian literary tradition, Deves notes the distinctiveness of Castro's writing, and sees it opening the scope of the contemporary novel. He examines the Castro's manner of writing and the themes of his novels, discussing the way in which the novelist's life informs his art.
Interview with Michael Deves Michael Deves (interviewer), Maryanne Dever (interviewer), 1999 single work interview
— Appears in: 'Apart from the Expected' : The Novels of Brian Castro 1999; (p. Appendix 35-60)
y Brian Castro's 'After China' : A Translation into Mandarin and a Study of the Novel's Linguistic and Social Contexts in Australia and China Fen Liang , Nedlands : 1997 Z1221640 1997 single work thesis
Sheng ming Zai zao Yu Wen hua Chong jian : Ling Yi pian Hai tan 'Fan yi Suibi' Fen Liang , 1996 single work criticism essay
— Appears in: Otherland , no. 2 1996; (p. 157-159)
'Things are Cast Adrift' : Brian Castro's Fiction Peter Pierce , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 17 no. 2 1995; (p. 149-156)
Rotting Across the Map: Hyperreality in the Australian Literary Landscape Wenche Ommundsen , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia's Changing Landscapes : Proceedings of the Second EASA Conference : Sitges, Barcelona, October 1993 1995; (p. 145-150)
'Asian Australian' Migrant Identity : Brian Castro's Birds of Passage and After China Cathy Bennett , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Proceedings : Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Sixteenth Annual Conference, 3-8 July 1994 1995; (p. 145-152)
Shifting Borders, Changing Frameworks : Brian Castro's 'After China' Saadi Nikro , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Inklings , vol. 3 no. 1 1995; (p. 36-41)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Outside the Prison of Logic Helen Daniel (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 59 1994; (p. 20-29)
After Castro, Post Multiculturalism? Wenche Ommundsen , 1994-1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tirra Lirra , Summer vol. 5 no. 2 1994-1995; (p. 10-13) Rubicon , vol. 1 no. 2 1995; (p. 54-61)
Premier Contenders Line Up in the Literary Stakes Peter Craven , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 September 1993; (p. 9)
Breaking Conventions : A Double-Folding Fan Helen Daniel , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 142 1992; (p. 4-6) Australian Book Review , December-January no. 257 2003-2004; (p. 68)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
When Hsiu Means Shu David Gilbey , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 142 1992; (p. 6-7)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
About Books : China Matters Nicholas Jose , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , September vol. 2 no. 12 1992; (p. 8-10)

— Review of Mates of Mars David Foster 1991 single work novel ; The Hole Through the Centre of the World : A Novel Kevin Brophy 1991 single work novel ; After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel ; La Mort de Napoleon Simon Leys 1986 single work novel ; The Yellow Lady : Australian Impressions of Asia Alison Broinowski 1992 single work criticism ; The Ancestor Game Alex Miller 1992 single work novel
Untitled Joe Grixti , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , August vol. 5 no. 2 1993; (p. 92-94)

— Review of Double-Wolf Brian Castro 1991 single work novel ; After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Women in Water Rosemary Sorensen , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 52 no. 4 1993; (p. 778-783)

— Review of Soundings Liam Davison 1993 single work novel ; After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
After "Double Wolf" Jane Messer , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , May vol. 711 no. 1026 1992; (p. 22)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Uprooting a Life Peter Pierce , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 28 July vol. 114 no. 5830 1992; (p. 91)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Half this Tale's in the Telling Michael Sharkey , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 August 1992; (p. 7)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
In the China Hotel Susan Geason , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 6 September 1992; (p. 118)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Groping Around in the Text Peter Fuller , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 October 1992; (p. C9)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Brilliant, Erotic Balance of Affair Consummated in Stories Katharine England , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 17 October 1992; (p. 6)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Intriguing Search for Sexuality Janice Shaw , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 14 November 1992; (p. 4)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Untitled David Coad , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Summer vol. 67 no. 3 1993; (p. 667)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Shifting Borders, Changing Frameworks : Brian Castro's 'After China' Saadi Nikro , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Inklings , vol. 3 no. 1 1995; (p. 36-41)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Out of the Orient Yu Ouyang , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Modern Times , September no. 7 1992; (p. 30-31) Bias : Offensively Chinese/Australian : A Collection of Essays on China and Australia 2007; (p. 64-67)

— Review of The Ancestor Game Alex Miller 1992 single work novel ; After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
UNTITLED Cathy Bennett , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 2 1992; (p. 26-28)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
UNTITLED Janet Chimonyo , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 August 1992; (p. 10)

— Review of After China Brian Castro 1992 single work novel
Sheng ming Zai zao Yu Wen hua Chong jian : Ling Yi pian Hai tan 'Fan yi Suibi' Fen Liang , 1996 single work criticism essay
— Appears in: Otherland , no. 2 1996; (p. 157-159)
y Brian Castro's 'After China' : A Translation into Mandarin and a Study of the Novel's Linguistic and Social Contexts in Australia and China Fen Liang , Nedlands : 1997 Z1221640 1997 single work thesis
Shen fen yu chuang zao li: Jie du Bulaien Kasite de Zhongguo zhi hou Lili Ma , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Foreign Literature Studies , August vol. 28 no. 120 2006; (p. 97-102)
Diaspora and Identity : A Comparative Study of Brian Castro and Kazuo Ishiguro Yasue Arimitsu , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 133-142)
Centres of Absence in 'After China' Bernadette Brennan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language 2008; (p. 69-93)
"Grammars of Creation” : An Interview with Brian Castro : 24 November 2008 Marilyne Brun (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 2 no. 1 2011;
'This interview with contemporary Australian writer Brian Castro addresses a number of themes and concepts that are central to his critical work and fiction. In the interview, Castro discusses his oeuvre as a whole, providing insights into the starting point for his first eight novels. He comments on the concepts of transgression, hybridity, polyphonia, cosmopolitanism and play, underlining the central significance of grammar, ethics and aesthetics in his work. The interview also includes reflections on the development of Asian Australian studies and the importance of translating novels. In the final sections of the interview, Castro discusses the relation between his critical work and his novels and reflects on the common conflation of the novelist and the theorist in much literary criticism.' Source: Marilyne Brun.
Degrees of Transparency in Brian Castro's Birds of Passage and After China Marjorie Aambrosio , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth Essays and Studies , Autumn vol. 35 no. 1 2012; (p. 73-82)
'This essay intends to highlight how Brian Castro's Birds of Passage (1983) and After China (1992) waver between transparency and opacity. It explores some of the techniques employed - among which a blurring of categories and a questioning of narratorial reliability - in order to create what Roland Barthes calls a "text of bliss" - one which challenges the limits of language as a means of communication.' (Author's abstract)
Outside the Prison of Logic Helen Daniel (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 59 1994; (p. 20-29)
Premier Contenders Line Up in the Literary Stakes Peter Craven , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 September 1993; (p. 9)
Double Delights Peter Craven , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 September 1993; (p. 8)
'Things are Cast Adrift' : Brian Castro's Fiction Peter Pierce , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 17 no. 2 1995; (p. 149-156)
Rotting Across the Map: Hyperreality in the Australian Literary Landscape Wenche Ommundsen , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia's Changing Landscapes : Proceedings of the Second EASA Conference : Sitges, Barcelona, October 1993 1995; (p. 145-150)
Yearning for Diversion : An Interview with Brian Castro Rosemary Sorensen (interviewer), 1992 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 142 1992; (p. 8-9)
Literary Award for Bligh's Language Louise Carbines , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 13 September 1993; (p. 6)
'Asian Australian' Migrant Identity : Brian Castro's Birds of Passage and After China Cathy Bennett , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Proceedings : Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Sixteenth Annual Conference, 3-8 July 1994 1995; (p. 145-152)
5000 Dollar Essay Competition Robert Hefner , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 September 1993; (p. 26)
Castro's Worlds A. P. Riemer , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Independent Monthly , February vol. 4 no. 7 1993; (p. 27-28)
After Castro, Post Multiculturalism? Wenche Ommundsen , 1994-1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tirra Lirra , Summer vol. 5 no. 2 1994-1995; (p. 10-13) Rubicon , vol. 1 no. 2 1995; (p. 54-61)
Of Training, Tokenism and Productive Misinterpretation: Reflections on the After China Project Peter Copeman , Rebecca Scollen , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 65 2000; (p. 35-43)
Delineates "the theoretical and practical contexts of the After China project in order to establish an appropriate framework for analytical reflection on the cast responses, especially in relation to ways in which notions of 'boundaries' between cultures might need to be reconsidered in an intracultural context."
Selling Sexotica: Oriental Grunge and Suburbia in Lillian Ng's Swallowing Clouds Tseen-Ling Khoo , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 65 2000; (p. 164-172)
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