'Douglas and Barnett discuss their experiences teaching life writings of trauma to undergraduate literature students, employing Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation as a case study. They consider the affect of trauma stories and explore the ethics of including trauma texts in the literature curriculum–texts that often confront and destabilize students' reading positions. Such texts require the deployment of literary methodologies including, but also beyond, close reading–for instance, paratextual, contextual, and theory-based readings. Life narratives of trauma offer a means for broad considerations of the social and political efficacy of Australian literature texts.' (Publication summary)
Discusses readings of The First Stone but 'Rather than centring on responses to the book in public discourse from journalistic commentators, this article is concerned predominantly with Garner's own substantially overlooked response, and contribution, to these various public readings of her text in the Australian print media' (p.73).
Uses Pierre Bourdieu's theories to explore unresolved contradictions in Christina Stead concerning her feminism, politics and reputation.