The Prodigal Son single work   prose  
Issue Details: First known date: 1958 1958
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  • Appears in:
    y Australian Letters vol. 1 no. 3 April 1958 Z599479 1958 periodical issue 1958 pg. 37-40
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    y The Writer in the Modern World : An Anthology of Twentieth Century Prose Harry Payne Heseltine (editor), Stanley Tick (editor), Melbourne : Cheshire , 1962 Z334901 1962 anthology short story prose biography Melbourne : Cheshire , 1962 pg. 115-118
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    y The Vital Decade : Ten Years of Australian Art and Letters Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Max Harris (editor), Melbourne : Sun Books Australian Letters , 1968 Z402644 1968 anthology criticism poetry short story prose Melbourne : Sun Books Australian Letters , 1968 pg. 156-158
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    y Patrick White Speaks Patrick White , Sydney : Primavera Press , 1989 Z325369 1989 selected work autobiography correspondence prose Sydney : Primavera Press , 1989 pg. 13-17
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    y Critical Essays on Patrick White Peter Wolfe (editor), Boston : G.K. Hall & Co , 1990 Z36187 1990 anthology criticism prose extract biography interview review Boston : G.K. Hall & Co , 1990 pg. 21-24
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    y Patrick White : Selected Writings Patrick White , Alan Lawson (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1994 Z481263 1994 selected work short story drama poetry prose correspondence extract autobiography St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1994 pg. 268-271
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    y The Arnold Anthology of Post-Colonial Literatures in English John Thieme (editor), London : Arnold , 1996 Z818232 1996 selected work extract poetry short story London : Arnold , 1996 pg. 196-199
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    y The Oxford Book of Australian Essays Imre Salusinszky (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1997 Z380749 1997 anthology prose short story biography criticism humour satire Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1997 pg. 125-128
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

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    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 557-560

Works about this Work

Patrick White, Composer Manqué : The Centrality of Music in White's Artistic Aspiration John Carmody , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 29 no. 1 2015; (p. 153-161)
'Australian writer Patrick White was burdened with the reputation of a misanthrope. This was, perhaps, self-inflicted but it allowed many to disregard the sensitivity and insights of his writing. It is nevertheless surprising that most critics and readers seem unaware of his deep engagement with music. Certainly, few (if any) literary critics appear to recognize the significance of music in his output. Here, Carmody contends that not only was music profoundly important to White as a human being, but that it fundamentally drove his work. Without a recognition of this crucial importance of music, it is impossible to understand adequately White's aesthetic aspiration.' (Publication abstract)
Stretching Out in All Directions : Patrick White and the Great Australian Emptiness Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 209-219)
Cultural Creep Nick Bryant , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 36 2012; (p. 118-131)
'TODAY it would be called a reality show, but in the early 1950s the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Incognito was billed as light entertainment. Alas, no recording of the radio program survives in the corporation's vast audio archive. Nor does it earn a mention in Ken Inglis's two-volume authorised history of the ABC. Yet Incognito is one of the most influential programs the national broadcaster has ever put to air, if only because it caught the ear of the Melbourne-based critic AA Phillips. The idea, thought Phillips, was quaint enough: to pit a local artist against a foreign guest, with the audience asked to adjudicate. Occasionally, listeners would favour the home-grown performer, thus producing 'a nice glow of patriotic satisfaction'. The program, however, was founded on the belittling premise that 'the domestic product will be worse than the imported article.' Phillips coined a neat description for this 'disease of the Australian mind' and immediately his aphorism, described in a 1950 Meanjin essay of the same name, took hold: 'the cultural cringe'.' (Author's introduction)
‘A Heart That Could be Strong and True’ : Kenneth Cook’s Wake in Fright as Queer Interior Monique Rooney , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-15)
'In ' "A heart that could be strong and true": Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright as queer interior' Monique Rooney presents a compelling reading of the complicated relations between self and other, interior and exterior, in the iconic, troubling text of Wake in Fright. Her discussion focuses on the play of aurality and lyricism in the novel's account of outsider relations, and proposes a reading that draws on Michael Snediker's 'emphasis on a potentially joyful Freud' in classic accounts of queer melancholy in order to attend to what she determines is a 'critique of processes of masculinist dis-identification' in the novel. This important discussion works to reanimate critical consideration not only of a significant and neglected text, but also of broader debates around the reach and nature of metropolitan subjectivities in post- WWII literature in Australia.' (Source: Introduction : Archive Madness, p. 3)
The Prodigal Daughter The 2011 Ray Mathew Lecture Susan Johnson , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The National Library Magazine , December vol. 3 no. 4 2011; (p. 18-20)
Susan Johnson gave the third Ray Mathew Lecture at the National Library of Australia on 23 August 2011.
Reconfiguring Australia's Literary Canon : Antipodean Cultural Tectonics Salhia Ben-Messahel , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 34 no. 1 2011; (p. 77-91)
'This paper shows how an Australian community imagined by the European continent has evolved to become more inclusive of otherness, be it in the form of non-Anglo-Australian cultures, Australian regional cultures, or a significant Indigenous culture intimately linked to the land. In this process, which is comparable to tectonic shifts, some Australian authors have attempted, within a 21st-century global village, to map intercultural spaces that reveal a pervasive sense of emptiness and the uncanny.' (Author's abstract)
Imagining the Real : Patrick White's Literary-Political Career Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 29-56)
'Verbal Sludge' : Mud and Malleability in the Novels of Patrick White James Clements , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 138)
Perceiving Europe and Australia and Constructing an Imagined Australian Identity in The Aunts’ Story by Patrick White. Elena Ungari , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagined Australia : Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe 2009; (p. 353-366)
'This paper examines Patrick White's novel The Aunt's Story and the way in which it fictionally shows mutual scrutiny and perception between Australia and Europe. Central to the elaboration of this study is the notion of fictional viewpoint, which Leech and Short (1986, p 174) define as 'the slanting of the fictional world towards reality, as apprehended by a particular participant, or set of participants, in the fiction'. Notions of distance of viewpoint from an 'outside' or 'inside' perspective and the way in which they affect construction and perception of places are also instrumental in this analysis.' (353)
y The God-Shaped Hole : Responding to the Good News in Australia Veronica Brady , Adelaide : ATF Press , 2008 Z1533434 2008 selected work criticism This book brings together a selection of Veronica Brady's critical addresses arguing that there are novels and poems that bear witness to the mystery of 'God' or an 'Other' who speaks through others.
The Myth and the Facts : A Reconsideration of Australia's Critical Reception of Patrick White Wenzhong Hu , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Chinese Perspective on Australian Literature 1994; (p. 146-166) Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 16 no. 3 1994; (p. 333-341)
Patrick White and Murray Bail : Appropriations of `The Prodigal Son' Glen Thomas , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 1 1991; (p. 81-86)
Cultural Politics Alan Lawson , Ken L. Goodwin , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 331-337)
y The God-Shaped Hole : Responding to the Good News in Australia Veronica Brady , Adelaide : ATF Press , 2008 Z1533434 2008 selected work criticism This book brings together a selection of Veronica Brady's critical addresses arguing that there are novels and poems that bear witness to the mystery of 'God' or an 'Other' who speaks through others.
Imagining the Real : Patrick White's Literary-Political Career Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 29-56)
'Verbal Sludge' : Mud and Malleability in the Novels of Patrick White James Clements , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 138)
Perceiving Europe and Australia and Constructing an Imagined Australian Identity in The Aunts’ Story by Patrick White. Elena Ungari , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagined Australia : Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe 2009; (p. 353-366)
'This paper examines Patrick White's novel The Aunt's Story and the way in which it fictionally shows mutual scrutiny and perception between Australia and Europe. Central to the elaboration of this study is the notion of fictional viewpoint, which Leech and Short (1986, p 174) define as 'the slanting of the fictional world towards reality, as apprehended by a particular participant, or set of participants, in the fiction'. Notions of distance of viewpoint from an 'outside' or 'inside' perspective and the way in which they affect construction and perception of places are also instrumental in this analysis.' (353)
‘A Heart That Could be Strong and True’ : Kenneth Cook’s Wake in Fright as Queer Interior Monique Rooney , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-15)
'In ' "A heart that could be strong and true": Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright as queer interior' Monique Rooney presents a compelling reading of the complicated relations between self and other, interior and exterior, in the iconic, troubling text of Wake in Fright. Her discussion focuses on the play of aurality and lyricism in the novel's account of outsider relations, and proposes a reading that draws on Michael Snediker's 'emphasis on a potentially joyful Freud' in classic accounts of queer melancholy in order to attend to what she determines is a 'critique of processes of masculinist dis-identification' in the novel. This important discussion works to reanimate critical consideration not only of a significant and neglected text, but also of broader debates around the reach and nature of metropolitan subjectivities in post- WWII literature in Australia.' (Source: Introduction : Archive Madness, p. 3)
The Prodigal Daughter The 2011 Ray Mathew Lecture Susan Johnson , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The National Library Magazine , December vol. 3 no. 4 2011; (p. 18-20)
Susan Johnson gave the third Ray Mathew Lecture at the National Library of Australia on 23 August 2011.
Cultural Creep Nick Bryant , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 36 2012; (p. 118-131)
'TODAY it would be called a reality show, but in the early 1950s the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Incognito was billed as light entertainment. Alas, no recording of the radio program survives in the corporation's vast audio archive. Nor does it earn a mention in Ken Inglis's two-volume authorised history of the ABC. Yet Incognito is one of the most influential programs the national broadcaster has ever put to air, if only because it caught the ear of the Melbourne-based critic AA Phillips. The idea, thought Phillips, was quaint enough: to pit a local artist against a foreign guest, with the audience asked to adjudicate. Occasionally, listeners would favour the home-grown performer, thus producing 'a nice glow of patriotic satisfaction'. The program, however, was founded on the belittling premise that 'the domestic product will be worse than the imported article.' Phillips coined a neat description for this 'disease of the Australian mind' and immediately his aphorism, described in a 1950 Meanjin essay of the same name, took hold: 'the cultural cringe'.' (Author's introduction)
Reconfiguring Australia's Literary Canon : Antipodean Cultural Tectonics Salhia Ben-Messahel , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 34 no. 1 2011; (p. 77-91)
'This paper shows how an Australian community imagined by the European continent has evolved to become more inclusive of otherness, be it in the form of non-Anglo-Australian cultures, Australian regional cultures, or a significant Indigenous culture intimately linked to the land. In this process, which is comparable to tectonic shifts, some Australian authors have attempted, within a 21st-century global village, to map intercultural spaces that reveal a pervasive sense of emptiness and the uncanny.' (Author's abstract)
Cultural Politics Alan Lawson , Ken L. Goodwin , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 331-337)
Patrick White and Murray Bail : Appropriations of `The Prodigal Son' Glen Thomas , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 1 1991; (p. 81-86)
The Myth and the Facts : A Reconsideration of Australia's Critical Reception of Patrick White Wenzhong Hu , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Chinese Perspective on Australian Literature 1994; (p. 146-166) Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 16 no. 3 1994; (p. 333-341)
Stretching Out in All Directions : Patrick White and the Great Australian Emptiness Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 209-219)
Patrick White, Composer Manqué : The Centrality of Music in White's Artistic Aspiration John Carmody , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 29 no. 1 2015; (p. 153-161)
'Australian writer Patrick White was burdened with the reputation of a misanthrope. This was, perhaps, self-inflicted but it allowed many to disregard the sensitivity and insights of his writing. It is nevertheless surprising that most critics and readers seem unaware of his deep engagement with music. Certainly, few (if any) literary critics appear to recognize the significance of music in his output. Here, Carmody contends that not only was music profoundly important to White as a human being, but that it fundamentally drove his work. Without a recognition of this crucial importance of music, it is impossible to understand adequately White's aesthetic aspiration.' (Publication abstract)
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