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Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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'Romulus Gaita fled his home in his native Yugoslavia at the age of thirteen, and came to Australia with his young wife Christina and their infant son Raimond soon after the end of World War II.

'Tragic events were to overtake the boy’s life, but Raimond Gaita has an extraordinary story to tell about growing up with his father amid the stony paddocks and flowing grasses of country Australia.

'Written simply and movingly, Romulus, My Father is about how a compassionate and honest man taught his son the meaning of living a decent life. It is about passion, betrayal and madness, about friendship and the joy and dignity of work, about character and fate, affliction and spirituality.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Text Publishing).

Adaptations

form y Romulus, My Father Nick Drake , Australia : Arenafilm , 2007 Z1308732 2007 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units)

Film adaptation of Raymond Gaita's biography.

Notes

  • Also published in sound recording format.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 1998 .
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      Extent: 207p.
      ISBN: 1875847618
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 0747262772 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2007 .
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      Extent: 207, [1]p.p.
      ISBN: 9781921145759 (pbk.)
Alternative title: Romulus, Mi Padre
Language: Spanish

Works about this Work

Romulus My Father Richard Johnson , single work review
— Review of Romulus, My Father Raimond Gaita 1998 single work biography
Walking in Her Footsteps : Migration, Adaptation, and the Mother’s Journey in Romulus, My Father Fincina Hopgood , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adaptation , March vol. 9 no. 1 2016; (p. 22-34)
'Philosopher Raimond Gaita’s acclaimed and much-loved memoir of his childhood in 1950s rural Victoria, Romulus, My Father (1998), was adapted for a feature film in 2007, starring Eric Bana and Franka Potente. Gaita worked closely with the film’s director, Australian actor Richard Roxburgh, and scriptwriter, English poet Nick Drake, throughout the scripting process, and wrote an extended introduction to the published screenplay. While speaking highly of the film’s production team and admiring the finished film in this introduction, Gaita’s subsequent writing in After Romulus, a collection of essays published in 2011, reveals his unease with the film’s portrayal of the character Christina, based on his mother who suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness and committed suicide at the age of 29. This article examines the dialogic relationship between the three texts of memoir, film, and essay and their attempts to empathetically imagine the life of Christine Gaita.'
Romulus, My Father and the Australian Literary Imaginary Brigitta Olubas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Sense for Humanity : The Ethical Thought of Raimond Gaita 2014;
Australian Lit. Ramona Koval , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , 1 May vol. 88 no. 3/4 2014; (p. 6)

— Review of The Watch Tower Elizabeth Harrower 1966 single work novel ; Romulus, My Father Raimond Gaita 1998 single work biography ; Benang : From the Heart Kim Scott 1999 single work novel ; The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan 2013 single work novel
Raimond Gaita, Public Intellectuals Geoffrey Partington , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , April vol. 56 no. 4 2012; (p. 29-33)
The Role of Love in Animal Ethics Anca Gheaus , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hypatia : A Journal of Feminist Philosophy , Summer vol. 27 no. 3 2012; (p. 583-600)
'Philosophers working on animal ethics have focused, with good reason, on the wrongness of cruelty toward animals and of devaluing their lives. I argue that the theoretical resources of animal ethics are far from exhausted. Moreover, reflection on what makes animals ethically significant is relevant for thinking about the roots of morality and therefore about ethical relationships between human beings. I rely on a normative approach to animal ethics grounded in the importance of meeting needs in general and, in particular, needs for affection and companionship. I draw on testimonies of shared love between people and animals, and on Raimond Gaita's work on the importance of emotional connections between creatures who are similarly needy. The ethics of care, which attaches special importance to meeting needs, provides an integrative theoretical framework.' (Publication abstract)
Rai's Light Peter Donaldson , 2012 single work short story
— Appears in: Page Seventeen , no. 10 2012; (p. 9-14)
y After Romulus Raimond Gaita , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2011 Z1794628 2011 single work autobiography 'In 1998, Raimond Gaita's Romulus, My Father was first published—the story of his father who came to Australia from Europe with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son after the end of the Second World War. In the isolated landscape of country Victoria, Christine succumbed to mental illness, and a series of tragedies befell the family. Described as 'a profound meditation on love and death, madness and truth, judgment and compassion', Romulus, My Father became an instant classic. Now, thirteen years later, and four years after the release of the film, Raimond Gaita has put together this collection in which he reflects on the writing of the book, the making of the film, his relationship to the desolate beauty of the central Victorian landscape, the philosophies that underpinned his father's relationship to the world and, most movingly, the presence and absence of his mother and his unassuaged longing for her.' (Publisher's blurb)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13 - 14 August 2011; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news.
Multiculturalism, Love of Country and Responses to Terrorism Raimond Gaita , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism 2011; (p. 189-220)
We Call Upon the Author to Explain : Theorising Writers' Festivals as Sites of Contemporary Public Culture Cori Stewart , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2010;
'This paper outlines a new vantage point for theorising today’s writers’ festivals as significant sites of contemporary public culture. Increasingly writers’ festivals claim to be both popular and important sites of public discussion and debate, and this paper’s empirical analysis of the 2007 Brisbane Writers Festival bears out these qualities. Yet, this Festival also positions itself as a thinking person’s alternative to the ‘unstoppable urge in TV and newspapers towards providing infotainment’, and claims ‘people are looking to our writers for the tools with which to think, not to be told what to think’ (Campbell, Making Sense of Our World). Addressing the mix of claims made for the 2007 Brisbane Writers Festival, as well as analysing the the topics discussed at the Festival, this paper examines the Festival’s multiple public culture roles and functions. Included in the topics discussed at the Festival are those typically produced and ciruclated in the media such as celebrity culture, and rather than viewing this content as trivialising and manipulative─as many critics of writers’ festivals have done─this paper illustrates how the media extended the 2007 Brisbane Writers Festival’s public culture function.' (Author's abstract)
Q & A Raimond Gaita 2009-2010 single work interview
— Appears in: SL : State Library of New South Wales Magazine , Summer vol. 2 no. 3 2009-2010; (p. 33)
The Immigrants Story Eva Engelman , 2008 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Quadrant , October vol. 52 no. 10 2008; (p. 94-98)
y The Self in Moral Space : Life Narrative and the Good David Parker , Ithaca : Cornell University Press , 2007 Z1378660 2007 selected work criticism All of us take our moral bearings from a conception of the good, or a range of goods, that we consider most important. We are in this sense selves in moral space. Building on the work of the philosopher Charles Taylor, among others, David Parker examines a range of classic and contemporary autobiographies - including those of St. Augustine, William Wordsworth, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Gosse, Roland Barthes, Seamus Heaney, and J. M. Coetzee - to reveal a whole domain of life narrative that has been previously ignored, one that enables a new approach to the question of what constitutes a 'good' life narrative. Moving from an ethics toward an aesthetics of life writing, Parker follows Wittgenstein's view that ethics and aesthetics are one. The Self in Moral Space is distinctive in that its key ethical question is not What is it right for the life writer to do? but the broader question What is it good to be? This question opens up an important debate with the dominant postmodern paradigms that prevail in life writing studies today. In Parker's estimation, such paradigms are incapable of explaining why life writing matters in the contemporary context. Life narrative, he argues, faces readers with the perennial ethical question How should a human being live? We need a new reconstructive paradigm, as offered by this book, in order to gain a fuller understanding of life narrative and its humanistic potential. (From the publisher's webpage at http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=4669.)
Out of the Shadows Miriam Cosic , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 May 2007; (p. 4-5)
My Father, My Story Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 May 2007; (p. 16)
Romulus Revisited Rachel Buchanan , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 May 2007; (p. 14)
Vision of Integrity Simon Weaving , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 May 2007; (p. 9)
Migrant Story Touches Bana Michael Gadd , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 June 2007; (p. 14)
Romulus, My Father: From Book to Screenplay to Film Raimond Gaita , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Romulus, My Father 2007; (p. vii-xxiv) The Australian Literary Review , June vol. 2 no. 5 2007; (p. 20-21)
Raimond Gaita ponders his reasons for writing Romulus, My Father and reflects on its transformation into film.
Romulus My Father Richard Johnson , single work review
— Review of Romulus, My Father Raimond Gaita 1998 single work biography
Childhood Revisted Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 - 10 June 2007; (p. 23)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Nick Drake 2007 single work film/TV ; Romulus, My Father Raimond Gaita 1998 single work biography
Untitled Rosemary Cuthbert , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 21 no. 3 2007; (p. 27-28)

— Review of Romulus, My Father Raimond Gaita 1998 single work biography
Australian Lit. Ramona Koval , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , 1 May vol. 88 no. 3/4 2014; (p. 6)

— Review of The Watch Tower Elizabeth Harrower 1966 single work novel ; Romulus, My Father Raimond Gaita 1998 single work biography ; Benang : From the Heart Kim Scott 1999 single work novel ; The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan 2013 single work novel
Actor Philosophical About Directing Debut Lawrie Zion , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 April 2005; (p. 3)
Tears & Cheers : Murray-Smith Reveals the Books that Made Her Laugh and Cry Joanna Murray-Smith , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 5 November 2005; (p. 30)
Truth, Memory, and Writing About Others Raimond Gaita , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Inga Clendinnen : A Celebration 2005; (p. 17-24)
'Raimond Gaita spoke with Morag Fraser about reading Inga Clendinnen and writing truthfully. [This article] is an editied version of his thoughts.' (Publisher's blurb)
y The Self in Moral Space : Life Narrative and the Good David Parker , Ithaca : Cornell University Press , 2007 Z1378660 2007 selected work criticism All of us take our moral bearings from a conception of the good, or a range of goods, that we consider most important. We are in this sense selves in moral space. Building on the work of the philosopher Charles Taylor, among others, David Parker examines a range of classic and contemporary autobiographies - including those of St. Augustine, William Wordsworth, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edmund Gosse, Roland Barthes, Seamus Heaney, and J. M. Coetzee - to reveal a whole domain of life narrative that has been previously ignored, one that enables a new approach to the question of what constitutes a 'good' life narrative. Moving from an ethics toward an aesthetics of life writing, Parker follows Wittgenstein's view that ethics and aesthetics are one. The Self in Moral Space is distinctive in that its key ethical question is not What is it right for the life writer to do? but the broader question What is it good to be? This question opens up an important debate with the dominant postmodern paradigms that prevail in life writing studies today. In Parker's estimation, such paradigms are incapable of explaining why life writing matters in the contemporary context. Life narrative, he argues, faces readers with the perennial ethical question How should a human being live? We need a new reconstructive paradigm, as offered by this book, in order to gain a fuller understanding of life narrative and its humanistic potential. (From the publisher's webpage at http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=4669.)
Out of the Shadows Miriam Cosic , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 May 2007; (p. 4-5)
My Father, My Story Deborah Bogle , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 May 2007; (p. 16)
Romulus Revisited Rachel Buchanan , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 May 2007; (p. 14)
Vision of Integrity Simon Weaving , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 May 2007; (p. 9)
Migrant Story Touches Bana Michael Gadd , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 June 2007; (p. 14)
Romulus, My Father: From Book to Screenplay to Film Raimond Gaita , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Romulus, My Father 2007; (p. vii-xxiv) The Australian Literary Review , June vol. 2 no. 5 2007; (p. 20-21)
Raimond Gaita ponders his reasons for writing Romulus, My Father and reflects on its transformation into film.
2009 an HSC Odyssey Hannah Edwards , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 22 July 2007; (p. 9)
The column discusses the new draft list of works to be taught in New South Wales schools from 2009. Only the new Australian works to be added have been listed here.
Communicative Clashes in Australian Culture and Autobiography Susan Tridgell , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Auto/Biography , December vol. 14 no. 4 2006; (p. 285-301)
'Some life-writing critics have pointed to a paradox in Australian autobiography: that of memoir writers paying tribute to their subjects in ways which those subjects would not understand or agree with. In this article, I focus on one facet of this paradox, looking at how various styles of communication are represented in autobiographies. What happens when a highly articulate autobiographer attempts to represent the communicative style of a subject who does not share or value the autobiographer's discursive style? This article surveys a variety of strategies which autobiographers have used, some of which are open to the possibility of valuing a minimalist style of communication, while others condemn it as inarticulate and inexpressive. These varying attitudes connect to a broader cultural debate in Australia. In this debate, an older rural style of communication, which values minimal verbal communication and emotional inexpressivity, is pitted against a more recent urban-based style of communication, which values emotional expressivity and expansive commentary. Intriguingly, this rural speech style (seemingly the antithesis of the autobiographer's art) is represented and valued as an art form by some Australian autobiographers.' -- Publication abstract.
From Frogmore, Victoria Helen Garner , 2007 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 23 2007; The Best Australian Essays 2007 2007; (p. 16-25) Everywhere I Look 2016; (p. 47-57)
The Immigrants Story Eva Engelman , 2008 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Quadrant , October vol. 52 no. 10 2008; (p. 94-98)
Truth, Writing and National Belonging in Romulus, My Father Brigitta Olubas , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , December no. 43 2007;
'Brigitta Olubas considers the "special propensity" of memoir to open up questions of self and time "within the sweep of experience of the nation"' (publisher's website)
Multiculturalism and Universalism in 'Romulus, My Father' David Parker , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Critical Review , no. 41 2001; (p. 44-53)
'Romulus, My Father': A Reply Raimond Gaita , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Critical Review , no. 41 2001; (p. 54-65)
We Call Upon the Author to Explain : Theorising Writers' Festivals as Sites of Contemporary Public Culture Cori Stewart , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2010;
'This paper outlines a new vantage point for theorising today’s writers’ festivals as significant sites of contemporary public culture. Increasingly writers’ festivals claim to be both popular and important sites of public discussion and debate, and this paper’s empirical analysis of the 2007 Brisbane Writers Festival bears out these qualities. Yet, this Festival also positions itself as a thinking person’s alternative to the ‘unstoppable urge in TV and newspapers towards providing infotainment’, and claims ‘people are looking to our writers for the tools with which to think, not to be told what to think’ (Campbell, Making Sense of Our World). Addressing the mix of claims made for the 2007 Brisbane Writers Festival, as well as analysing the the topics discussed at the Festival, this paper examines the Festival’s multiple public culture roles and functions. Included in the topics discussed at the Festival are those typically produced and ciruclated in the media such as celebrity culture, and rather than viewing this content as trivialising and manipulative─as many critics of writers’ festivals have done─this paper illustrates how the media extended the 2007 Brisbane Writers Festival’s public culture function.' (Author's abstract)
y After Romulus Raimond Gaita , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2011 Z1794628 2011 single work autobiography 'In 1998, Raimond Gaita's Romulus, My Father was first published—the story of his father who came to Australia from Europe with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son after the end of the Second World War. In the isolated landscape of country Victoria, Christine succumbed to mental illness, and a series of tragedies befell the family. Described as 'a profound meditation on love and death, madness and truth, judgment and compassion', Romulus, My Father became an instant classic. Now, thirteen years later, and four years after the release of the film, Raimond Gaita has put together this collection in which he reflects on the writing of the book, the making of the film, his relationship to the desolate beauty of the central Victorian landscape, the philosophies that underpinned his father's relationship to the world and, most movingly, the presence and absence of his mother and his unassuaged longing for her.' (Publisher's blurb)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13 - 14 August 2011; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news.
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