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  • Author: Dorothy Porter http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/porter-dorothy
Issue Details: First known date: 1994 1994
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Adaptations

form y The Monkey's Mask Anne Kennedy , Victoria : Arena Films , 2000 Z823407 2000 single work film/TV crime

Jill Fitzpatrick is a 28-year-old lesbian struggling to find both a relationship and work as a private investigator. When she accepts a job investigating the disappearance of a young female university student named Mickey, she soon meets the girl's poetry lecturer, the seductive Diana. The discovery of Mickey's strangled body sees the case taken over by the police, but the girl's grief-stricken parents implore Jill to help find the murderer. As the inquiry leads Jill towards a passionate liaison with Diana, she finds herself also entering the seamy underworld of Mickey's intimate life. The search soon begins to raise more questions than answers. For whom did Mickey write her sexually charged poems and what is the connection between Mickey and her two favourite poets? As Jill digs deeper, threatening messages in verse are left on her answering machine. Blinded by her passion, Jill is compromised in her search for the truth--until her own life is in danger.

Notes

  • Novel in verse form.
  • Dedication: for Gwen Harwood
  • Epigraph: Year after year / On the monkey's face / A monkey's mask. Basho

    'What do you want a poet for?' / 'To save the City, of course.' Aristophanes

    You see these grey hairs? Well, making whoopee with the intelligentsia was the way I earned them. Dorothy Parker

  • Adapted for the stage play 'The Monkey's Mask' by Marianne Bryant and Peter Nettell in 1998.
  • Broadcast on ABC Radio National's Airplay in February 2009.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Hyland House , 1994 .
      Extent: 255p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 1875657436
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Arcade , 1995 .
      Extent: 260p.
      Edition info: First North American edition.
      ISBN: 1559703040
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Serpent's Tail , 1997 .
      Alternative title: The Monkey's Mask : an erotic murder mystery
      Extent: 260p.
      ISBN: 1852425490
Alternative title: Die Affenmaske
Language: German

Works about this Work

Animal Handlers : Australian Women Writers on Sexuality and the Female Body Odette Kelada , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Outskirts : Feminisms along the Edge , May vol. 26 no. 2012;
'The year 2011 saw the igniting of mass protest around the issue of sexual double standards for women with numerous marches worldwide called 'SlutWalks'. Thousands of women across a range of countries including America, Europe, Britain and Australia took to the streets to defend the right of women to dress and behave freely without stigmatisation and violence. The 'SlutWalks' started in reaction to a local policeman in Toronto telling a class of college students to avoid dressing like 'sluts' if they did not wish to be victimised (SlutWalk Toronto site). The public protest in response to this incident demonstrates resistance to historically embedded discourses that demean women's sexuality and blame women for abuse and rape they suffer. Terms such as 'slut' perpetuate a virgin/whore dichotomy fundamental to the oppression of female sexual self-expression. These marches are a recent example that follows on from a tradition of mass protests for women's sexual equality and right to safety such as 'Reclaim the Night'. Drawing on writing and conversations with poets Dorothy Porter and Gig Ryan, novelists Drusilla Modjeska, Kate Grenville, Carmel Bird and Melissa Lucashenko and playwright, Leah Purcell, this article offers insights into individual creative women's responses to this theme of women's sexuality. I argue that the work and ideas of these women are examples of the unique and powerful dialogue that can happen through a focus on creativity and female stories in Australia.' (Author's introduction)
y 'The Monkey's Mask' : Film, Poetry and the Female Voice Rebecca Louise , St Kilda : Atom , 2012 Z1927382 2012 single work criticism 'A study of the ways in which the female voice is articulated in the novel and film adaptation of The Monkey's Mask. Through an analysis of the female voices within the film and novel, this book draws on Kaja Silverman's and Elizabeth Grosz's interpretation of Luce Irigaray's 'feminine language' to explore the ways in which the female body is voiced. It looks at the female voices within Samantha Lang's 2001 film. This book explores the ways in which image and voice work to express women's subjectivity.

It also discusses Dorothy Porter's 1994 verse novel The Monkey's Mask and the ways in which the female voice is articulated within Porter's text. Drawing on Silverman's argument that the embodied female voice in film works to contain the woman in the symbolic although the female characters' voices are embodied, their poetic language breaks down the subject-object dichotomy of the symbolic order. However, in its attempt to fulfil detective narrative conventions, the film adaptation privileges the unity and closure of the phallocentric language critiqued by Irigaray.

Compared with the novel, the film adaptation privileges masculine unity and truth over Porter's complex multiplicity. Porter uses the hysteric strategy through her parody of the detective genre and thereby brings to the foreground the complexity of female sexuality. In Porter's novel the relationship between female detective Jill and murder-victim Mickey reveals a continuous link between the living and the dead, bringing to light Irigaray's model of the maternal genealogy in which the mother is freed from the burial given to her by a phallocentric culture at the onset of motherhood. Porter's use of elegy rejects Silverman's suggested severance of the mother-daughter connection which Silverman argues is necessary for identity.'

Source: Trove catalogue record
Being Caught Dead Justin Clemens , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 202 2011; (p. 95-100)
Un Oleaje Renovado Winston Manrique Sabogal , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: El país , 7 May 2011;
Además del Nobel Patrick White y del doblemente galardonado con el Booker Peter Carey, la lista de autores australianos es creciente en España. Una literatura sin tópicos ni etiquetas. [The number of Australian writers, besides Patrick White and Peter Carey, who are known and read in Spain is growing. Theirs is a literature that exceeds classifications or labels - Translation.]
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)
Peter Pierce looks at contemporary Australian fiction to define Australia's 'Silver Age of Australian fiction' .
Daemonic Currents in Dorothy Porter's Poetry Felicity Plunkett , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 25 no. 1 2010; (p. 19-30)
'Although charged by the daemonic, the sacred and extreme, [Porter's] poetics is shot through, too, with awareness of fakery and illusion. Finally, the currents of Porter's work are connective, sparking off and from a lineage of charged poetry, especially, arguabley, of confessionalism, and a tradition of hierophantic poetics. This essay examines Porter's poetics within the context of this lineage' (19).
y Echoes from Beneath : Voicing the Female Body in The Monkey's Mask Rebecca Louise , Victoria : 2008 Z1705778 2008 single work thesis 'This thesis provides a study of the ways in which the female voice is articulated in the novel and film adaptation of The Monkey's Mask. Through an analysis of the female voices within the film and novel, this thesis draws on Kaja Silverman's and Elizabeth Grosz's interpretation of Luce Irigaray's 'feminine language' to explore the ways in which the female body is voiced. The first two chapters look at the female voices within Samantha Lang's 2001 film. They explore the ways in which image and voice work to express women's subjectivity. The final two chapters discuss Dorothy Porter's 1994 verse novel The Monkey's Mask and the ways in which the female voice is articulated within Porter's text. Drawing on Silverman's argument that the embodied female voice in film works to contain the woman in the symbolic, I argue that, although the female characters' voices are embodied, their poetic language breaks down the subject-object dichotomy of the symbolic order. However, in its attempt to fulfil detective narrative conventions, the film adaptation privileges the unity and closure of the phallocentric language critiqued by Irigaray. Compared with the novel, the film adaptation privileges masculine unity and truth over Porter's complex multiplicity. Porter uses the hysteric strategy through her parody of the detective genre and thereby brings to the foreground the complexity of female sexuality. In Porter's novel the relationship between female detective Jill and murder-victim Mickey reveals a continuous link between the living and the dead, bringing to light Irigaray's model of the maternal genealogy in which the mother is freed from the burial given to her by a phallocentric culture at the onset of motherhood. Porter's use of elegy rejects Silverman's suggested severance of the mother-daughter connection which Silverman argues is necessary for identity.' Source: Libraries Australia (Sighted 06/07/2010).
Venturing into Disturbing Terrain Corrie Perkin , 2007 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 April 2007; (p. 12-13)
Poetry and Desire: The Work of Dorothy Porter Paul Sharrad , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Indian Journal of World Literature and Culture , July-December vol. 2 no. 2006; (p. 11-22) Explorations in Australian Literature 2006; (p. 66-82)
Narrative Poetry Rosemary Huisman , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Spring vol. 11 no. 4 2004; (p. 15-18)
A Pint-Sized Cliff Hardy: Dorothy Porter and the Niche Marketing of Australia Penny Jones , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 18 no. 2 2004; (p. 105-112)
The Monkey's Mask and the Poetics of Excision Felicity Plunkett , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 72-85)
This essay discusses Dorothy Porter's The Monkey's Mask in the light of some critical reviews of the verse novel, particularly that of Fiona Moorhead who had complained that it didn't really meet the criteria of the conventional genre of detective novels. Plunkett argues that at the heart of the novel, and the complaints against it, is the idea of a 'poetics of excision', a focus on what the text doesn't do, 'its silences and refusals'.
Poetic Passion Eulea Kiraly , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Muse , June no. 207 2001; (p. 5)
Poetry in Motion Mike Safe , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 28-29 April 2001; (p. 17-19)
Poetry in Motion Shane Rowlands , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 May 2001; (p. 3)
Infidelity : "The Monkey's Mask" in Poetry and Film David McCooey , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 230 2001; (p. 30-34)
CoverNotes Michelle Griffin , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 18 February 2001; (p. 11)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Untitled Lindy Cameron , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Crime Factory , no. 3 2001; (p. 53-54)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel ; The Monkey's Mask Anne Kennedy 2000 single work film/TV
Readers Well-Versed in This Form of Novel Jane Sullivan , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 30 January 2000; (p. 10)
The Poetry of Stardom Georgina Safe , 2000 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27-28 May 2000; (p. 19)
Poetry of Sticky Moments Jill Jones , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , March vol. 7 no. 1 1995; (p. 3-4)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Bewitched Kristin Henry , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 22 October 1994; (p. 9)

— Review of Wishbone Marion Halligan 1994 single work novel ; The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Death to Bad Poets Martin Duwell , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 January 1995; (p. rev 4)

— Review of Ghosting William Buckley Barry Hill 1993 single work poetry ; The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Deep Throats Lee Cataldi , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 140 1995; (p. 82-83)

— Review of Anima and Other Poems Bruce Beaver 1994 selected work poetry ; The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Untitled Paula Grunseit , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: New Librarian , July vol. 1 no. 5 1994; (p. 52)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Mask Covers a Poetic Revel Heather Cam , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 September 1994; (p. 11A)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Deadly Sex with a Different Beat Marele Day , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 September 1994; (p. 11A)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Riveting Rhyme Geoffrey Dutton , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 10 September 1994; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
A Daring Venture Jenny Digby , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 165 1994; (p. 43-44)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Artistry and Entertainment Lynn R. Hard , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 January 1995; (p. C8)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
She Doesn't Prove Who Did It, Anyway Finola Moorhead , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , Autumn vol. 55 no. 1 1995; (p. 177-192)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Ham-Fists in Those "Male Size Golf Gloves" Kathleen Mary Fallon , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , Spring vol. 55 no. 3 1995; (p. 191-197)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Alchemy of Crime and Poetry Delights Catherine Miner , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 9 no. 2 1995; (p. 150-151)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Unresolved Fragments of the Past Jennifer Moran , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 January 1998; (p. 26)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
CoverNotes Michelle Griffin , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 18 February 2001; (p. 11)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel
Untitled Lindy Cameron , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Crime Factory , no. 3 2001; (p. 53-54)

— Review of The Monkey's Mask Dorothy Porter 1994 single work novel ; The Monkey's Mask Anne Kennedy 2000 single work film/TV
Poetic Passion Eulea Kiraly , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Muse , June no. 207 2001; (p. 5)
The Monkey's Mask and the Poetics of Excision Felicity Plunkett , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 72-85)
This essay discusses Dorothy Porter's The Monkey's Mask in the light of some critical reviews of the verse novel, particularly that of Fiona Moorhead who had complained that it didn't really meet the criteria of the conventional genre of detective novels. Plunkett argues that at the heart of the novel, and the complaints against it, is the idea of a 'poetics of excision', a focus on what the text doesn't do, 'its silences and refusals'.
Narrative Poetry Rosemary Huisman , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Spring vol. 11 no. 4 2004; (p. 15-18)
A Pint-Sized Cliff Hardy: Dorothy Porter and the Niche Marketing of Australia Penny Jones , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 18 no. 2 2004; (p. 105-112)
Poetry and Desire: The Work of Dorothy Porter Paul Sharrad , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Indian Journal of World Literature and Culture , July-December vol. 2 no. 2006; (p. 11-22) Explorations in Australian Literature 2006; (p. 66-82)
Venturing into Disturbing Terrain Corrie Perkin , 2007 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 April 2007; (p. 12-13)
The Mask Slips : Dorothy Porter and the Politics of Literary Reputation Lyn McCredden , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , June/July no. 17 1995; (p. 48-50)
y Echoes from Beneath : Voicing the Female Body in The Monkey's Mask Rebecca Louise , Victoria : 2008 Z1705778 2008 single work thesis 'This thesis provides a study of the ways in which the female voice is articulated in the novel and film adaptation of The Monkey's Mask. Through an analysis of the female voices within the film and novel, this thesis draws on Kaja Silverman's and Elizabeth Grosz's interpretation of Luce Irigaray's 'feminine language' to explore the ways in which the female body is voiced. The first two chapters look at the female voices within Samantha Lang's 2001 film. They explore the ways in which image and voice work to express women's subjectivity. The final two chapters discuss Dorothy Porter's 1994 verse novel The Monkey's Mask and the ways in which the female voice is articulated within Porter's text. Drawing on Silverman's argument that the embodied female voice in film works to contain the woman in the symbolic, I argue that, although the female characters' voices are embodied, their poetic language breaks down the subject-object dichotomy of the symbolic order. However, in its attempt to fulfil detective narrative conventions, the film adaptation privileges the unity and closure of the phallocentric language critiqued by Irigaray. Compared with the novel, the film adaptation privileges masculine unity and truth over Porter's complex multiplicity. Porter uses the hysteric strategy through her parody of the detective genre and thereby brings to the foreground the complexity of female sexuality. In Porter's novel the relationship between female detective Jill and murder-victim Mickey reveals a continuous link between the living and the dead, bringing to light Irigaray's model of the maternal genealogy in which the mother is freed from the burial given to her by a phallocentric culture at the onset of motherhood. Porter's use of elegy rejects Silverman's suggested severance of the mother-daughter connection which Silverman argues is necessary for identity.' Source: Libraries Australia (Sighted 06/07/2010).
Daemonic Currents in Dorothy Porter's Poetry Felicity Plunkett , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 25 no. 1 2010; (p. 19-30)
'Although charged by the daemonic, the sacred and extreme, [Porter's] poetics is shot through, too, with awareness of fakery and illusion. Finally, the currents of Porter's work are connective, sparking off and from a lineage of charged poetry, especially, arguabley, of confessionalism, and a tradition of hierophantic poetics. This essay examines Porter's poetics within the context of this lineage' (19).
Parody and Poetry Dorothy Porter , 1994-1995 single work column
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , December/January no. 14 1994-1995; (p. 52-53)
Being Caught Dead Justin Clemens , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 202 2011; (p. 95-100)
Un Oleaje Renovado Winston Manrique Sabogal , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: El país , 7 May 2011;
Además del Nobel Patrick White y del doblemente galardonado con el Booker Peter Carey, la lista de autores australianos es creciente en España. Una literatura sin tópicos ni etiquetas. [The number of Australian writers, besides Patrick White and Peter Carey, who are known and read in Spain is growing. Theirs is a literature that exceeds classifications or labels - Translation.]
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)
Peter Pierce looks at contemporary Australian fiction to define Australia's 'Silver Age of Australian fiction' .
Animal Handlers : Australian Women Writers on Sexuality and the Female Body Odette Kelada , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Outskirts : Feminisms along the Edge , May vol. 26 no. 2012;
'The year 2011 saw the igniting of mass protest around the issue of sexual double standards for women with numerous marches worldwide called 'SlutWalks'. Thousands of women across a range of countries including America, Europe, Britain and Australia took to the streets to defend the right of women to dress and behave freely without stigmatisation and violence. The 'SlutWalks' started in reaction to a local policeman in Toronto telling a class of college students to avoid dressing like 'sluts' if they did not wish to be victimised (SlutWalk Toronto site). The public protest in response to this incident demonstrates resistance to historically embedded discourses that demean women's sexuality and blame women for abuse and rape they suffer. Terms such as 'slut' perpetuate a virgin/whore dichotomy fundamental to the oppression of female sexual self-expression. These marches are a recent example that follows on from a tradition of mass protests for women's sexual equality and right to safety such as 'Reclaim the Night'. Drawing on writing and conversations with poets Dorothy Porter and Gig Ryan, novelists Drusilla Modjeska, Kate Grenville, Carmel Bird and Melissa Lucashenko and playwright, Leah Purcell, this article offers insights into individual creative women's responses to this theme of women's sexuality. I argue that the work and ideas of these women are examples of the unique and powerful dialogue that can happen through a focus on creativity and female stories in Australia.' (Author's introduction)
y 'The Monkey's Mask' : Film, Poetry and the Female Voice Rebecca Louise , St Kilda : Atom , 2012 Z1927382 2012 single work criticism 'A study of the ways in which the female voice is articulated in the novel and film adaptation of The Monkey's Mask. Through an analysis of the female voices within the film and novel, this book draws on Kaja Silverman's and Elizabeth Grosz's interpretation of Luce Irigaray's 'feminine language' to explore the ways in which the female body is voiced. It looks at the female voices within Samantha Lang's 2001 film. This book explores the ways in which image and voice work to express women's subjectivity.

It also discusses Dorothy Porter's 1994 verse novel The Monkey's Mask and the ways in which the female voice is articulated within Porter's text. Drawing on Silverman's argument that the embodied female voice in film works to contain the woman in the symbolic although the female characters' voices are embodied, their poetic language breaks down the subject-object dichotomy of the symbolic order. However, in its attempt to fulfil detective narrative conventions, the film adaptation privileges the unity and closure of the phallocentric language critiqued by Irigaray.

Compared with the novel, the film adaptation privileges masculine unity and truth over Porter's complex multiplicity. Porter uses the hysteric strategy through her parody of the detective genre and thereby brings to the foreground the complexity of female sexuality. In Porter's novel the relationship between female detective Jill and murder-victim Mickey reveals a continuous link between the living and the dead, bringing to light Irigaray's model of the maternal genealogy in which the mother is freed from the burial given to her by a phallocentric culture at the onset of motherhood. Porter's use of elegy rejects Silverman's suggested severance of the mother-daughter connection which Silverman argues is necessary for identity.'

Source: Trove catalogue record
Good Writing: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Fiction Patricia Kalnins , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Tensions : Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference : 6 - 11 July 1996 1996; (p. 172-179)
Collision Courses: Feminism, Postmodernism, and 'The Monkey's Mask' Margaret Henderson , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Tensions : Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference : 6 - 11 July 1996 1996; (p. 180-188)
Readers Well-Versed in This Form of Novel Jane Sullivan , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 30 January 2000; (p. 10)
Tracking the Body: Dorothy Porter's The Monkey's Mask Rose Lucas , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing Lines : Formations of Australian Culture : Proceedings of Association for the Study of Australian Literature Conference, Adelaide, 1995 1996; (p. 202-207)
A Lesbian Detective in Verse Helen Elliott , 1994 single work biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 November 1994; (p. 24)
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