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Issue Details: First known date: 1994 1994
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1994 .
      Extent: viii, 266p.p.
      ISBN: 0855615702
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Minerva , 1995 .
      Extent: 266p.
      ISBN: 1863304339

Works about this Work

"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.
Racial Ambiguity and Whiteness in Brian Castro’s 'Drift' Marilyne Brun , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 2 no. 2 2011; (p. 113-126)
'This article focuses on Drift, the fifth novel of contemporary Australian writer, Brian Castro, and concentrates on the ambiguous racial inscriptions of some of its characters. While white experimental British writer B.S. Johnson progressively becomes darker in the novel, his desire to escape his whiteness is complicated by another extreme, the albinism of Tasmanian Aboriginal Thomas McGann. This article discusses one essential aspect of these surprising fictional representations: the critique of whiteness that they articulate. The racial ambiguity of the two main characters offers a subtle reflection on Tasmania‟s colonial legacy. Yet beyond Castro's exploration of the contingencies of the Tasmanian context, the characters‟ racial ambivalence destabilises conventional representations of whiteness. The novel both exposes the metonymic nature of whiteness and critiques the specific modes of reading the body that are involved in preoccupations with whiteness.' Source: Marilyne Brun.
Identifying Differently: Recent Chinese-Australian Literature Peta Stephenson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Australian Criticism and Theory 2010; (p. 258-272)
An Essay on B. S. Johnson : Brian Castro's Drift Marilyne Brun , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 32 no. 1 2009; (p. 34-44)
'The main character of Brian Castro's fifth novel, Drift (1994), is a fictional double of British experimental novelist Bryan Stanley Johnson (1933-1973). The latter's presence in the novel, visible through Castro's exploration of Johnson's literary ideas, poses the question of the novel's relation to the essay. Drift can be regarded as a reflection on B. S. Johnson's literary ideas and on Tasmanian Aborigines by way of B. S. Johnson.' (34)
y The Roving Party : Extinction Discourse in the Literature of Tasmania Rohan Wilson , 2009 Z1775389 2009 single work thesis 'The nineteenth century discourse of extinction - a consensus of thought primarily based upon the assumption that 'savage' races would be displaced by the arrival of European civilisation - provided the intellectual foundation for policies which resulted in Aboriginal dispossession, internment, and death in Tasmania. For a long time, the Aboriginal Tasmanians were thought to have been annihilated. However, this claim is now understood to be fanciful. Aboriginality is no longer defined as a racial category but rather as an identity that has its basis in community. Nevertheless, extinction discourse continues to shape the features of modern literature about Tasmania.

'The first chapter of this dissertation will examine how extinction discourse was imagined in the nineteenth century and will trace the parallels that contemporary fiction about contact history shares with it. The novels examined include Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World by Mudrooroo, The Savage Crows by Robert Drewe, Manganinnie by Beth Roberts, and Wanting by Richard Flanagan. The extinctionist elements in these novels include a tendency to euglogise about the 'lost race' and a reliance on the trope of the last man or woman.

'The second chapter of the dissertation will examine novels that attempt to construct a representation of Aboriginality without reference to extinction. These texts subvert and ironise extinction discourse as a way of breaking the discursive continuities with colonialism and establishing a more nuanced view of Aboriginal identity in a post-colonial context. Novels analysed here include Drift by Brian Castro, Elysium by Robert Edric, and English Passengers by Matthew Kneale. However, in attempting to arrive at new understandings about Aboriginality, non-Aboriginal authors are hindered by the epistemological difficulties of knowing and representing the Other. In particular, they seem unable to extricate themselves from the binaries of colonialism.' (Trove)
'Drift' : Storytelling and/of Annihilation Bernadette Brennan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language 2008; (p. 95-122)
'Are you weaker than a woman, weaker even than a mother?' : Abjection and Infanticide in Dead Europe and Drift Jacinta Van Den Berg , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 23 no. 2 2007; (p. 230-244)
Where are you from? : New Imaginings of Identity in Chinese-Australian Writing Peta Stephenson , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Culture, Identity, Commodity : Diasporic Chinese Literature in English 2005; (p. 107-128)
Theory as Fireworks : An Interview with Brian Castro Karen Barker (interviewer), 2002 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 20 no. 3 2002; (p. 241-248)
Vitalist Nationalism, the White Aborigine and Evolving National Identity Karen Barker , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Departures : How Australia Reinvents Itself 2002; (p. 105-111; notes 289)
Discusses the emergence of the 'white Aborigine' narrative and its literary resurgence in the mid-1990s, in a number of novels featuring white Aboriginal characters.
Culture Vulture 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 3 - 4 March 2001; (p. 42)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Drift: Writing and/of Annihilation Bernadette Brennan , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 60 no. 2 2000; (p. 39-50)
'Possible Only on Paper?' Hybridity as Parody in Brian Castro's Drift Miriam Wei Wei Lo , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 65 2000; (p. 69-74)
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.
Interplay of Myth and Uncertainty in Brian Castro's 'Drift' Yasue Arimitsu , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Doshisha Daigaku Eigo Eibungaku kenkyu , January 1998; (p. 79-91)
Postmodernism and Postcolonialism in Australian Fiction : The Example of Brian Castro Achim Reinschmidt , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Appreciating Difference : Writing Postcolonial Literary History 1998; (p. 135-144)
y Authenticity/Hybridity and Pallawah Identities in Castro's Drift Damien Barlow , Z176548 1998 single work criticism Barlow argues that Castro constructs a complex representation of "hybridity" that is inextricably tied to genocidal settler/invader colonial epistemologies and practices.
Source: Southerly
The Milk of Mother's Kindness in Brian Castro's 'Drift' Karen Barker , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Tensions : Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference : 6 - 11 July 1996 1996; (p. 228-235)
Multiculturalism, Identity, Displacement : The Lives of Brian (Castro) Wenche Ommundsen , 1996 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: From a Distance : Australian Writers and Cultural Displacement 1996; (p. 149-158)
Drift Sally Clarke , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Redoubt , no. 22 1996; (p. 137-139)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Three's Company Michael McGirr , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , October vol. 4 no. 8 1994; (p. 41-42)

— Review of A Dream More Luminous Than Love : The Yandilli Trilogy Rodney Hall 1994 selected work novel ; Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
What's New in Books Pamela Ruskin , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Jewish News (Life/Style) , 2 September vol. 60 no. 50 1994; (p. 51)

— Review of Lunch with Mussolini Derek Hansen 1994 single work novel ; Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Brian's Life of Byron, or Should that Be Bryan? A. P. Riemer , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 July 1994; (p. 9A)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Fiction and Life Coalesce Ken L. Goodwin , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 July 1994; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Brilliant Display of Style Helen Elliott , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 July 1994; (p. C11)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Set Adrift in the Life of Bryan Matthew Condon , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 July 1994; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Story Upon a Story is Mainly Sleight of Hand Rosemary Sorensen , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 July 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
White Drifts Towards Black and Becomes Technicolour Grey Katharine England , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 162 1994; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Marooned and Loving It Peter Pierce , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 16 August vol. 116 no. 5933 1994; (p. 104-105)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Enjoying the View John Hanrahan , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 20 August 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Novel Twist from Fiction to Reality Rob Johnson , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 27 August 1994; (p. 11)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Paperbacks Tony Maniaty , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27-28 May 1995; (p. rev 8)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Untitled David Coad , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Summer vol. 69 no. 3 1995; (p. 641-642)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Drift Sally Clarke , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Redoubt , no. 22 1996; (p. 137-139)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Culture Vulture 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 3 - 4 March 2001; (p. 42)

— Review of Drift Brian Castro 1994 single work novel
Where are you from? : New Imaginings of Identity in Chinese-Australian Writing Peta Stephenson , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Culture, Identity, Commodity : Diasporic Chinese Literature in English 2005; (p. 107-128)
'Are you weaker than a woman, weaker even than a mother?' : Abjection and Infanticide in Dead Europe and Drift Jacinta Van Den Berg , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 23 no. 2 2007; (p. 230-244)
'Drift' : Storytelling and/of Annihilation Bernadette Brennan , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Brian Castro's Fiction : The Seductive Play of Language 2008; (p. 95-122)
Interplay of Myth and Uncertainty in Brian Castro's 'Drift' Yasue Arimitsu , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Doshisha Daigaku Eigo Eibungaku kenkyu , January 1998; (p. 79-91)
An Essay on B. S. Johnson : Brian Castro's Drift Marilyne Brun , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 32 no. 1 2009; (p. 34-44)
'The main character of Brian Castro's fifth novel, Drift (1994), is a fictional double of British experimental novelist Bryan Stanley Johnson (1933-1973). The latter's presence in the novel, visible through Castro's exploration of Johnson's literary ideas, poses the question of the novel's relation to the essay. Drift can be regarded as a reflection on B. S. Johnson's literary ideas and on Tasmanian Aborigines by way of B. S. Johnson.' (34)
y The Roving Party : Extinction Discourse in the Literature of Tasmania Rohan Wilson , 2009 Z1775389 2009 single work thesis 'The nineteenth century discourse of extinction - a consensus of thought primarily based upon the assumption that 'savage' races would be displaced by the arrival of European civilisation - provided the intellectual foundation for policies which resulted in Aboriginal dispossession, internment, and death in Tasmania. For a long time, the Aboriginal Tasmanians were thought to have been annihilated. However, this claim is now understood to be fanciful. Aboriginality is no longer defined as a racial category but rather as an identity that has its basis in community. Nevertheless, extinction discourse continues to shape the features of modern literature about Tasmania.

'The first chapter of this dissertation will examine how extinction discourse was imagined in the nineteenth century and will trace the parallels that contemporary fiction about contact history shares with it. The novels examined include Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World by Mudrooroo, The Savage Crows by Robert Drewe, Manganinnie by Beth Roberts, and Wanting by Richard Flanagan. The extinctionist elements in these novels include a tendency to euglogise about the 'lost race' and a reliance on the trope of the last man or woman.

'The second chapter of the dissertation will examine novels that attempt to construct a representation of Aboriginality without reference to extinction. These texts subvert and ironise extinction discourse as a way of breaking the discursive continuities with colonialism and establishing a more nuanced view of Aboriginal identity in a post-colonial context. Novels analysed here include Drift by Brian Castro, Elysium by Robert Edric, and English Passengers by Matthew Kneale. However, in attempting to arrive at new understandings about Aboriginality, non-Aboriginal authors are hindered by the epistemological difficulties of knowing and representing the Other. In particular, they seem unable to extricate themselves from the binaries of colonialism.' (Trove)
"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.
Racial Ambiguity and Whiteness in Brian Castro’s 'Drift' Marilyne Brun , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 2 no. 2 2011; (p. 113-126)
'This article focuses on Drift, the fifth novel of contemporary Australian writer, Brian Castro, and concentrates on the ambiguous racial inscriptions of some of its characters. While white experimental British writer B.S. Johnson progressively becomes darker in the novel, his desire to escape his whiteness is complicated by another extreme, the albinism of Tasmanian Aboriginal Thomas McGann. This article discusses one essential aspect of these surprising fictional representations: the critique of whiteness that they articulate. The racial ambiguity of the two main characters offers a subtle reflection on Tasmania‟s colonial legacy. Yet beyond Castro's exploration of the contingencies of the Tasmanian context, the characters‟ racial ambivalence destabilises conventional representations of whiteness. The novel both exposes the metonymic nature of whiteness and critiques the specific modes of reading the body that are involved in preoccupations with whiteness.' Source: Marilyne Brun.
Identifying Differently: Recent Chinese-Australian Literature Peta Stephenson , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Australian Criticism and Theory 2010; (p. 258-272)
Outside the Prison of Logic Helen Daniel (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 59 1994; (p. 20-29)
The Milk of Mother's Kindness in Brian Castro's 'Drift' Karen Barker , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Tensions : Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference : 6 - 11 July 1996 1996; (p. 228-235)
Postmodernism and Postcolonialism in Australian Fiction : The Example of Brian Castro Achim Reinschmidt , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Appreciating Difference : Writing Postcolonial Literary History 1998; (p. 135-144)
Multiculturalism, Identity, Displacement : The Lives of Brian (Castro) Wenche Ommundsen , 1996 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: From a Distance : Australian Writers and Cultural Displacement 1996; (p. 149-158)
Double Delights Peter Craven , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 September 1993; (p. 8)
y Authenticity/Hybridity and Pallawah Identities in Castro's Drift Damien Barlow , Z176548 1998 single work criticism Barlow argues that Castro constructs a complex representation of "hybridity" that is inextricably tied to genocidal settler/invader colonial epistemologies and practices.
Source: Southerly
Lesions Brian Castro , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 54 no. 1 1995; (p. 59-68) Looking for Estrellita 1999; (p. 179 -202)
Castro's Lament Michael Shmith , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 20 August 1994; (p. 8)
Auto/biography Brian Castro , 1995 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Writing Asia and Auto/biography : Two Lectures 1995; (p. 22-38) Seams of Light : Best Antipodean Essays : A Selection 1998; (p. 125-138)
Castro's Call for Cultural Revolution K. L. Iffland , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 August 1995; (p. C13)
On the Inside of an Outsider Susan Chenery , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 July 1994; (p. 10A)
Last amended 2 May 2006 15:40:44
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Tasmania,
  • 1800-1899
  • 1960s
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