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  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1981 1981
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'In the streets of an ordinary Italian town, the people go about their everyday lives. In an old apartment block above them, a young man pores over photographs and plans, dedicated to his life's most important project. Day by day, in imagination, he is rehearsing for his greatest performance. Yet when his moment comes, nothing could have prepared him for what happens. . .' (Source: Publisher's website)

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Lords of Peace, Lords of War : the Master and the Terrorist in Child's Play by David Malouf Antonella Riem Natale , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , April no. 15 2016; (p. 6-15)
This paper argues that the terrorist embodies a dominator paradigm, exalting and justifying violence, while the Master’s capacity to create through his narratives is attuned to a partnership paradigm. The terrorist’s paranoid, lucid, and terse first person narration of his meticulous (almost religious) preparations for the assassination is set against the intensely poetical creativity of the Master, underlining the beauty and poetry of life. This dialogue between two different modes of perceiving and filtering reality is built around the metaphor of children playing. In a willing suspension of disbelief, the Master, like a child, constructs his own reality in imagining worlds his readers share. The terrorist tries to imitate and mimic his Master, perfectly aware that he is unable to create like him. The actualisation of his long-imagined violence, which can only annihilate and destroy and is powerless, is his failed attempt at counterbalancing his lack of true creative and dialogic imagination.
David Malouf and the Poetics of Possibility Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;

'The essay addresses the poetic dimension of David Malouf's novels, suggesting that a poetics of possibility can be found in all his work. The poetics of possibility is a function both of Malouf’s thematic interest in the future and of his use of poetic language to draw the reader to imagine various kinds of ways of experiencing and knowing the world. The essay draws upon the philosophy of Ernst Bloch to illuminate the utopian dimension of Malouf’s work, whether in seeing the radiance of possibility in simple objects, the silent ‘presence’ at the centre of language, or the possibility of a different kind of future that Australian society might have experienced.' (Publication abstract)

Deixis Rediscovered Russell West-Pavlov , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Spaces of Fiction/Fictions of Space : Postcolonial Place and Literary Deixis 2010; (p. 184-205)
Homoeroticism in David Malouf's Fiction Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 271-292)

'David Malouf is hardly a gay icon. Although he has never kept his homosexuality a secret, neither has he flaunted it, either in his life or in his writings. Where the latter are concerned, there is no doubt that Malouf doesn't want to be pigeonholed, that he rejects restrictive levels that would do an injustice to his wide-ranging preoccupations and his considerable appeal to all manner of readers.' (p. 271)

y Brightness under Our Shoes : The Redress of the Poetic Imagination in the Poetry and Prose of David Malouf, 1960-1982 Yvonne Smith , 2008 Z1604899 2008 single work thesis 'This study investigates the poetic foundation of David Malouf's poetry and prose published from 1960 to 1982. Its purpose is to extend reading strategies so that the nature of his poetic and its formative influence are more fully appreciated. Its thesis is that Malouf explores and tests with increasing confidence and daring a poetic imagination that he believes must meet the demands of the times. Malouf's work is placed in relation to Wallace Stevens' belief that the poetic imagination should "push back against the pressure of reality", a view discussed by Seamus Heaney in 'The Redress of Poetry'. Malouf's work shows the influence not only of Stevens but also Rilke and contemporary American poetry of "deep image". The Australian context of Malouf's work is considered in relation to Judith Wright's essay 'The Writer and the Crisis' and the poetry of Malouf's contemporaries. Details of the manuscript development of his first four novels show Malouf's steps towards a clearer representation of his holistic, post-romantic vision. His correspondence with the poet Judith Rodriguez provides useful insights into his purposes. Theories and research about brain functions, the nature of intelligence and learning provide an important international context in the 1960s and 1970s, given Malouf's interest in how meaning forms from perception and experience. The thesis offers a model of poetic learning that highlights the interplay of dialectically opposed ways of forming meaning and points to the importance for Malouf of holding diverse states of mind together through the poetic imaginary.' from Author's abstract http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/5139 sighted 14/7/2009
Second Look Peter Craven , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 17 June 2001; (p. 10)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
'The Great World', History, and Two or One Other Things Andrew Taylor , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 35-50)
Rewriting an Explorer Mythology : The Narration of Space in David Malouf's Work Amanda Nettelbeck , 1994 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 101-115) From a Distance : Australian Writers and Cultural Displacement 1996; (p. 73-82)
Astonished by Everything : The Functions of Sublime Discourse in David Malouf's Fiction Patrick Buckridge , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 161-181)
David Malouf's `Child's Play': Narrative Traditions in the Postmodern Game Anthony Winner , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , Summer (1994-1995) vol. 54 no. 4 1994; (p. 116-130)
y David Malouf Ivor Indyk , South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1993 Z165274 1993 single work criticism
"Visionary Monsters" versus "Contained Accounts": Self Contradiction in Australian Fiction Since 1960 D. R. Burns , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 53 no. 2 1993; (p. 146-153)
Backstreet Games Graham Clark , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 May 1993; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
David Malouf, Francis Webb and Australian Religious Consciousness Jim Tulip , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 226-237)
y Sheer Edge : Aspects of Identity in David Malouf's Writing Karin Hansson , Lund : Lund University Press , 1991 Z55263 1991 single work criticism biography
y Imagined Lives : A Study of David Malouf Philip Neilsen , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z56875 1990 single work criticism

In the first book-length study of Malouf, Neilsen concentrates primarily on a literary analysis of Malouf's first six novels from Johnno to The Great World (the 2nd edition also includes a chapter on Remembering Babylon). It also discusses the thematic connections between Malouf's fiction and some of his poetry.

David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview : Introduction Jim Tulip , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. ix-xxiv)
A Conversation with David Malouf Daniel R. Willbanks (interviewer), 1990 single work interview
— Appears in: Antipodes , Spring vol. 4 no. 1 1990; (p. 13-18) Speaking Volumes : Australian Writers and Their Work 1992; (p. 143-157)
The Close Shaves of a Corporate Swashbuckler Stan Barney , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 April 1990; (p. 21)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
An Interview with David Malouf Richard Tipping (interviewer), 1989 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 49 no. 3 1989; (p. 492-502)
Anarchic Worlds Beneath Marian Favel Clair Eldridge , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 September 1982; (p. 12)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Diary of a Young Terrorist Helen Garner , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 4-10 July 1982; (p. 21)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Dung Heaps and Clammy Hands Katharine England , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 9 October 1982; (p. 23)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Flights of Imagination Laurie Clancy , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 44 1982; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Malouf's Lyrical World has Much Beauty and Much to Tease the Mind D. J. O'Hearn , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 June 1982; (p. 15)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Master Writer on Youth and Terror David Rowbotham , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 July 1982; (p. 22)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Masterful Malouf Natalie Scott , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 24-25 July 1982; (p. 10)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Not Much Else in Italy John Tittensor , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , October no. 89 1982; (p. 62-63)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Of Birds, War - and Terrorism Patricia Rolfe , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 October vol. 102 no. 5336 1982; (p. 98-99)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella ; Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
Terror Becomes a Game About Writing C. K. Stead , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 July 1982; (p. 37)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Literary Terrorist? Dorothy Green , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: Hemisphere , vol. 27 no. 1983; (p. 385)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
A Living Landscape Paul Sharrad , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , July no. 1 1983; (p. 54-58)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella ; Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
Poets and Their Novels Jim Tulip , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 43 no. 1 1983; (p. 113-118)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella ; Just Relations Rodney Hall 1982 single work novel ; Slipstream Roger McDonald 1982 single work novel ; The Birthday Gift : a novel Thomas Shapcott 1982 single work novel ; The Terms Jennifer Maiden 1982 single work novel ; Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
Untitled Kerryn Goldsworthy , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 189)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Untitled Thomas Shapcott , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 189)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
The Close Shaves of a Corporate Swashbuckler Stan Barney , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 April 1990; (p. 21)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Review of Fly Away Peter and Child's Play David Brooks , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , March vol. 28 no. 1 1983; (p. 82-85) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 33)

— Review of Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella ; Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Backstreet Games Graham Clark , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 May 1993; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Second Look Peter Craven , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 17 June 2001; (p. 10)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella
Interview with David Malouf David Malouf , Julie Anne Copeland (interviewer), 1982 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 10 no. 4 1982; (p. 429-436)
y Brightness under Our Shoes : The Redress of the Poetic Imagination in the Poetry and Prose of David Malouf, 1960-1982 Yvonne Smith , 2008 Z1604899 2008 single work thesis 'This study investigates the poetic foundation of David Malouf's poetry and prose published from 1960 to 1982. Its purpose is to extend reading strategies so that the nature of his poetic and its formative influence are more fully appreciated. Its thesis is that Malouf explores and tests with increasing confidence and daring a poetic imagination that he believes must meet the demands of the times. Malouf's work is placed in relation to Wallace Stevens' belief that the poetic imagination should "push back against the pressure of reality", a view discussed by Seamus Heaney in 'The Redress of Poetry'. Malouf's work shows the influence not only of Stevens but also Rilke and contemporary American poetry of "deep image". The Australian context of Malouf's work is considered in relation to Judith Wright's essay 'The Writer and the Crisis' and the poetry of Malouf's contemporaries. Details of the manuscript development of his first four novels show Malouf's steps towards a clearer representation of his holistic, post-romantic vision. His correspondence with the poet Judith Rodriguez provides useful insights into his purposes. Theories and research about brain functions, the nature of intelligence and learning provide an important international context in the 1960s and 1970s, given Malouf's interest in how meaning forms from perception and experience. The thesis offers a model of poetic learning that highlights the interplay of dialectically opposed ways of forming meaning and points to the importance for Malouf of holding diverse states of mind together through the poetic imaginary.' from Author's abstract http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/5139 sighted 14/7/2009
Homoeroticism in David Malouf's Fiction Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 271-292)

'David Malouf is hardly a gay icon. Although he has never kept his homosexuality a secret, neither has he flaunted it, either in his life or in his writings. Where the latter are concerned, there is no doubt that Malouf doesn't want to be pigeonholed, that he rejects restrictive levels that would do an injustice to his wide-ranging preoccupations and his considerable appeal to all manner of readers.' (p. 271)

David Malouf's Fiction Peter Pierce , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 41 no. 4 1982; (p. 526-534)
Discoveries and Transformations : Aspects of David Malouf's Work Laurie Hergenhan , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 11 no. 3 1984; (p. 328-341)
Discusses Malouf's 'elusive' fiction in the context of his poetry, concentrating on the treatment of common developing concerns.
Deixis Rediscovered Russell West-Pavlov , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Spaces of Fiction/Fictions of Space : Postcolonial Place and Literary Deixis 2010; (p. 184-205)
An Interview with David Malouf Richard Tipping (interviewer), 1989 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 49 no. 3 1989; (p. 492-502)
David Malouf, Francis Webb and Australian Religious Consciousness Jim Tulip , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 226-237)
y Sheer Edge : Aspects of Identity in David Malouf's Writing Karin Hansson , Lund : Lund University Press , 1991 Z55263 1991 single work criticism biography
y Imagined Lives : A Study of David Malouf Philip Neilsen , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z56875 1990 single work criticism

In the first book-length study of Malouf, Neilsen concentrates primarily on a literary analysis of Malouf's first six novels from Johnno to The Great World (the 2nd edition also includes a chapter on Remembering Babylon). It also discusses the thematic connections between Malouf's fiction and some of his poetry.

Another One for the Album Don Anderson , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 October 1988; (p. 87)
Three Talks : David Malouf, Les Murray and David Rowbotham : David Malouf David Malouf , 1984 single work criticism autobiography
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 11 no. 3 1984; (p. 316-320) David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. 270-275)
David Malouf Candida Baker (interviewer), 1986 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1986; (p. 234-263) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 31)
y David Malouf Ivor Indyk , South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1993 Z165274 1993 single work criticism
David Malouf's Child's Play and 'The Death of the Author' Stephen Woods , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 322-333)

Includes Discussion of 'The Death of the Author' by Roand Barthes.

David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview : Introduction Jim Tulip , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. ix-xxiv)
With Breath Just Condensing On It : An Interview with David Malouf Paul Kavanagh , Peter Kuch , 1986 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 46 no. 3 1986; (p. 247-259) Conversations : Interviews with Australian Writers 1991; (p. 177-196)
The Pattern of History : Discursive Conflicts in David Malouf's Child's Play Amanda Nettelbeck , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , October no. 29 1989; (p. 31-44)
Being There, Being There : Postmodernism and Post-Colonialism : Kosinsky and Malouf Being There, Being There: Kosinsky and Malouf Gareth Griffiths , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , October vol. 20 no. 4 1989; (p. 132-148) Past the Last Post : Theorizing Post-Colonialism and Post-Modernism 1991; (p. 153-166)
Explores the similarities and differences which underlie and are made apparent in the texts of post-modernism and post-colonialism. Uses as examples texts by the Lebanese-descended Australian writer David Malouf and the Polish expatriate US writer Jerzy Kosinsky.
A Conversation with David Malouf Daniel R. Willbanks (interviewer), 1990 single work interview
— Appears in: Antipodes , Spring vol. 4 no. 1 1990; (p. 13-18) Speaking Volumes : Australian Writers and Their Work 1992; (p. 143-157)
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