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Issue Details: First known date: 1992 1992
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'Josephine Alibrandi is seventeen, illegitimate, and in her final year at a wealthy Catholic school. This is the year her father comes back into her life, the year she falls in love, the year she discovers the secrets of her family's past and the year she sets herself free.' (Source: Back Cover)

Adaptations

form y Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta , Australia : Robyn Kershaw Productions , 2000 Z1795269 2000 single work film/TV young adult (taught in 2 units)

'Nonna Katia, Christina and Josie are three generations of Italian-Australian women living together in a hothouse atmosphere of love, support...and drama on an operatic scale.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 23/10/2012)

Notes

  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's 88th favourite book.
  • Teacher's resources available at Penguin Random House website.
  • Other formats: Also braille, large print and sound recording.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1992 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 260p.
      ISBN: 9780140360462
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1993 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 260p.
      ISBN: 0140236139
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Orchard Books , 1999 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 250p.
      Edition info: 1st American edition.
      ISBN: 0531301427 (trade : alk. paper), 0531331423 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2000 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 0140293507
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Claremont , 2002 .
      Extent: 260p.
      ISBN: 0734304889
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Knopf , 2006 .
      Extent: 313p.
      ISBN: 0375836942 (pbk. : alk. paper), 0375936947 (alk. : lib. bdg.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 344p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 22/04/2015
      ISBN: 9780734312389
      Series: y Pink Popular Penguin Melbourne : Penguin , 2013 5970429 2013 series - publisher novel
Alternative title: Hvem er Alibrandi?
Language: Danish

Works about this Work

Looking for Alibrandi Author Melina Marchetta Takes to Literary Crime Linda Morris , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil Melina Marchetta 2016 single work novel

'There was a time when Melina Marchetta resented the success of her first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, a beloved Australian book for young adults.'

'Marchetta followed up 11 years later with Saving Francesca, also set in Sydney's inner west, and for a while she felt typecast as a writer of "good stories about Italian girls in the suburbs". ...'

Saint Amelie Mauresmo i "It was 1995 and Pearl Jam was poetry", Belinda Raposo , 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: N-Scribe , October no. 19 2015;
Looking for Alibrandi Alice Pung , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

Written for the Reading Australia project, this essay serves as an introduction to Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi. Pung discusses the importance of the novel to herself personally, and how it influenced her as a writer. Pung discusses the narrative voice of Josie Alibrandi, and how the novel represents identity, class, and relationships (with family, friends, and boyfriends).

The Emotion of Truth and the Racial Uncanny : Aborigines and Sicilians in Australia Francesco Ricatti , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , vol. 19 no. 2 2013;
Using Drama to Teach Difficult Texts Kelly Freebody , John Hughes , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teenagers and Reading : Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices 2012; (p. 161-175)
'This chapter explores the potential for using educational drama (sometimes called drama pedagogy) to explore difficult texts in the classroom. [...] By 'difficult texts' we mean both texts that include difficult vocabulary or complex narrative structures, as well as texts that are 'difficult' because they address potentially controversial issues, sometimes avoided in the classroom' (p. 161) [Authors' abstract]
Books and Blogs : Promoting Reading Achievement in Digital Contexts Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teenagers and Reading : Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices 2012; (p. 191-209)
Wizards, Vampires and Elbow Grease Susanne Gervay , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 20-22)
'Writing for children and young adults requires an ability to inspire wonder combined with deep reserves of patience, says Susanne Gervay.' ()
Creating Your Own Distinctive Writing Voice Christine Bongers , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , February no. 192 2010; (p. 10-11)
Looking for/at Australia : Roots and Repulsion in Contemporary Australian Women's Writing Marilena Parlati , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagined Australia : Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe 2009; (p. 251-263)
'No matter how seriously attacked and deranged, identity remains a keyword for contemporaneity. Political agendas and propagandas are packed full with claims and calls for new or old senses of belonging; nations and narrations abound with discourses focussed upon finding ro recuperating personal and collective memories, which might thus safeguard one's dreamy rootedness and secure location in the world. And yet, within these manifestoes lie dispersed and abjected bodies, weak and nomadic subjects which crowd the bitter arena of contemporary philosophical reflections as well as political praxis and 'vernacular' reality (CF. Kreisteva 1982; Vattimo 1999; Butler 1990, 1993; de Lauretis 1990; Bugliese 2007c) Ethnicity is another term one often encounters in the public as well as private spheres, especially in the Anglophone context. It has replaced the previous race markers in general as well as in critical parlance. And yet, it is a term which seems to be still deeply dangerous in its constructing borders of inclusion and exclusion in/out of any given community. In this view, (visible) ethnics exist insofar as they are recognized (and recognize themselves) as such in vertiginous and self-perpetuating but distorted mirror scene. What is obliterated in such positions is the obvious fact that every human being is ethnically located; of course, the term is a useful tool in the hands of mainstream, powerful groups often advocating multi-forms of marginalization (cf Knippling 1996; Yoshino 1999).' (p251)
Know the Author : Melina Marchetta Kerry White , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 23 no. 5 2008; (p. 4-6)

The article details Marchetta's approach to writing through a discussion of Finnikin of the Rock (2008), which she describes as 'a different type of book' than Alibrandi and Jellicoe Road. A fantasy quest that involves '...a coming together of disparate settings, memories and concerns' (5), Marchetta claims the book is fundamentally about '...loss of homeland, loss of language and...loss of identity' (6).

The article includes some facts about the author and a plot outline of Finnikin, which describes the narrative as 'long and twisting ... with characters whose actions can't always be anticipated (6).

Excuse Me Is Our Heritage Showing? Representations of Diasporic Experiences across the Generations Rita Wilson , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: FULGOR , November vol. 3 no. 3 2008;
This paper examines the narration of diasporic experiences by writers of Italian descent. It investigates the ways in which relationships between ‘home’ and ‘destination’ cultures are negotiated across the generations. Narratives by three women writers, Rosa Cappiello, Anna Maria Dell’oso and Melina Marchetta are analysed to show how negotiating the tensions between nostalgia for the past and the needs of the present transforms and translates notions of ‘home’ for writers who are living ‘in between’ cultures. Through a reading of the narratives of these three authors, each representative of a different generation, the paper considers the ways in which space, place and identity interact in determining the politics of belonging. It is argued that the role of the hyphenate writer has changed over the decades and across generations, from that of a raconteur of what took place, a role that may lean more toward nostalgia than analysis, to that of cultural mediator and, more recently, cultural examiner. Further, the texts chosen for analysis reveal a distinctive strategy of representation – a rhetoric of location – in which spatiality functions as a symbolic conduit between the plotting of identity constructions and Italian/Australian realities. [Author's abstract]
y Adaptations : A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film Denise Faithfull , Brian Hannant , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1361797 2007 single work criticism Adaptations discusses approaches to adaptations of various forms of literature using a range of Australian texts and films as examples.
Embodying a Racialised Multiculturalism : Strategic Essentialism and Lived Hybridities in Hoa Pham's No One Like Me Debra Dudek , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 17 no. 2 2007; (p. 43-49)
Debra Dudek is interested in the intersection of multiculturalism, cultural citizenship and children's literature and in this article looks at the 'tension between representing an acceptance of cultural difference...and representing all people within one culture as the same' (43). She locates her analysis within the field of Asian-Australian studies through a discussion of Hoa Pham's No One Like Me (1998), the story of a young Vietnamese girl who lives in Australia with her family, arguing that the text 'simultaneously highlights and deconstructs gender and the Asian family as homogenous categories' (43). Framing the analysis with a discussion of the Howard Government's approach to cultural diversity and its viewpoint that 'immigrants from Asia threaten the notion of a unified Australia', Dudek draws attention to the 'turbulent past and uncertain future' of multiculturalism which, she argues, relies on 'concepts of sameness and difference' that fundamentally support and maintain policies of assimilation (43-44). Dudek posits that No One Like Me negotiates the question of 'how to recognize and accept race and gender strategically as essential categories of difference without homogenising them' (45) in a way which destabilizes 'neat and static categories of otherness' and 'opens up the possibility of multiple subject positions [and] complex lived hybridities' (48).
Not Quite White (Enough) : Intersecting Ethnic and Gendered Identities in Looking for Alibrandi Kate McInally , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 17 no. 2 2007; (p. 59-66)

Kate McInally argues that in Looking for Alibrandi, Josie's specifically gendered quest for maturity' is one that 'erases multicultural identity' in all but its most overt manifestations (59). The analysis assesses 'intersections between raced and gendered indentity', with McInally stating that the narrative is fundamentally underpinned by an 'overwhelmingly monocultural ideology: that of acceptability attained through paternal sanction that transcends cultural heritage, to value aspirations of whiteness' (59).

McInally argues that 'Josie's aspirations for, and eventual acquisition of cultural capital is accessible only through her relationship with men' (59) a relationship based upon masculine domination which requires 'a feminine complicitness that the novel is all too ready to grant' (59). In her desire for 'economic, social and symbolic capital', Josie is required to 'move away from her Italianess to a position that is markedly more hegemonic' and while the novel may appear to overtly celebrate a 'multiculturalist agenda' this is offset against 'the way social capital accrues to an adolescent female who becomes 'daddy's little girl' (59).

For McInally, the novel's closure not only maintains and perpetuates cross-cultural relations whereby the 'other' is accepted, or tolerated, only for 'the ways they can enrich the host culture', it also ensures that Josie's 'mature subjectivity...is attained through her assimilation into dominant monomorality; accepting the rightness and whiteness of male domination...and patriarchal Australia as her embraced homeland' (66).

Multicultural Stepping Stones Jodie Minus , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , October vol. 1 no. 2 2006; (p. 10)
Jodie Minus looks at the trajectory of Melina Marchetta's career from 'multicultural' to mainstream writer. Minus expresses the hope that Randa Abdel-Fattah will travel a similar path. 'We should look forward to the day', says Minus, 'when Abdel-Fattah no longer writes only about the problems facing Muslims, but about issues faced by all sorts of Australians'.
y The Heinemann English Project Text Study : Looking for Alibrandi Mark Stracey , Leanne Matheson , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Education Australia , 2005 Z1756272 2005 single work criticism 'An analysis of the book and its transformation into a movie.' (Trove)
The Girl Most Unlikely To... Keith Austin , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 April 2003; (p. 4-5)
Multiculturalism and Social Values in Australian Fiction: Allan Baillie's Secrets of Walden Rising and Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi Maria Jose Fernandez , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 11 no. 3 2001; (p. 39-46)

Fernandez discusses developments in contemporary Australia regarding ethnic identities through a reading of Alan Baille's Secrets of Walden Rising and Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi. In relation to the changing nature of Australia's 'ethnic mix', Fernandez views both texts as examples of Australian literature that 'mediates the conflicts between two or more distinct cultures as well as hybrid cultures that have arisen from generation to generation' (p.39). A common feature of multicultural narratives says Fernandez, is the 'breakdown of existing structures of society and the representation of individuals as well as whole communities in a state of transition' (p.42) and in this case, she argues, both texts 'help to open the channels of cross-cultural exchange and social debate' and minimize 'the marginalizing potential of being an ethnic minority' (p.45).

Untitled Vanessa Rankin-Hume , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 62-63)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
In/ Visible Presence: Halo-Australian Women Writers Enza Gandolfo , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 10 no. 1998; (p. 11-12)
Untitled Halina Nowicka , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 37 no. 1 1993; (p. 29)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Untitled Jo Goodman , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 8 no. 2 1993; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Untitled Vanessa Rankin-Hume , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 14 no. 2 2000; (p. 62-63)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Untitled Esmé Kidd , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 7 no. 1 1993; (p. 20)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Kicking Goals Cathryn Crowe , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 August 1993; (p. 6)

— Review of The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher 1992 single work children's fiction ; A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough 1992 single work novel ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work novel ; Belinda Pamela Allen 1992 single work picture book ; Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman 1992 single work children's fiction ; The Web Nette Hilton 1992 single work children's fiction ; Where's Mum? Libby Gleeson 1992 single work picture book ; Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham 1992 single work picture book
In Praise of the Inquiring Mind Helen Elliott , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 22 August 1993; (p. 8)

— Review of Real Girls Carol Jones 1992 single work novel ; Pagan's Crusade Catherine Jinks 1992 single work novel ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
From the Word Go : Books for Younger Readers Stephen Matthews , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 149 1993; (p. 57-58)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; The Witch Number Dorothy Porter 1993 single work novel ; Portrait of Dog David Rish 1993 single work novel ; The Light from Nowhere Thurley Fowler 1993 single work children's fiction
Forecasts Margaret Dunkle , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , August vol. 72 no. 1029 1992; (p. 29-31)

— Review of Dresses of Red and Gold Robin Klein 1992 single work novel ; Night Music Nigel Gray 1992 single work novel ; Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja Gracie Greene Joe Tramacchi Lucille Gill 1990 selected work children's fiction ; To the Dark Tower Victor Kelleher 1992 single work novel ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; Lerakim Watched Maureen Stewart 1992 single work children's fiction
Coming to Grips with the Trials of an Ethnic Adolescence Sally McInerney , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 October 1992; (p. 47)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; Angel Claws, I Love You Jacqueline Kent 1992 single work novel ; The Lion and the Lamb Jonathan Harlen 1992 single work novel
Facing Up to Teenage Trauma Robin Morrow , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 December 1992; (p. rev 6)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work novel ; A Cage of Butterflies Brian Caswell 1992 single work novel
Joys of Festive Reading Katharine England , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 5 December 1992; (p. 7)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Farm of Intrigue Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 March 1993; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work novel ; Take My Word For It : Lisa's Journal John Marsden 1992 single work novel ; Pagan's Crusade Catherine Jinks 1992 single work novel ; A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough 1992 single work novel
Untitled Laurie Copping , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 March 1993; (p. C10)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; The Warrigal Deborah Lisson 1992 single work children's fiction ; Aftershock : The Sequel to Shatterbelt Colin Thiele 1992 single work children's fiction ; Take My Word For It : Lisa's Journal John Marsden 1992 single work novel
Untitled Marguerite Johnson , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 12 June 1993; (p. 44)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
Sensitive, Honest Portrayal of Teen's Problems Laurie Copping , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 August 1993; (p. C10)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work novel ; A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough 1992 single work novel
Another Look Deborah Stone , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 5 December 1993; (p. 7)

— Review of Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
The Children's Book of the Year Awards Shortlists Kerry Neary , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 8 no. 2 1993; (p. 19-21)

— Review of Take My Word For It : Lisa's Journal John Marsden 1992 single work novel ; Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work novel ; Dinosaur Encore Patricia Mullins 1992 single work picture book ; Titans! Michael Stephens 1992 single work children's fiction ; A Cage of Butterflies Brian Caswell 1992 single work novel ; Lucy's Bay Gary Crew 1992 single work picture book ; Pagan's Crusade Catherine Jinks 1992 single work novel ; Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham 1992 single work picture book ; The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher 1992 single work children's fiction ; Roughtail : The Dreaming of the Roughtail Lizard and Other Stories Told by the Kukatja Gracie Greene Joe Tramacchi Lucille Gill 1990 selected work children's fiction ; Belinda Pamela Allen 1992 single work picture book ; Grandad's Gifts Paul Jennings 1991 single work picture book ; Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman 1992 single work children's fiction ; The Web Nette Hilton 1992 single work children's fiction ; The Fat and Juicy Place Diana Kidd 1992 single work children's fiction ; Leaving it to You Wendy Orr 1992 single work children's fiction ; A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough 1992 single work novel ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel
A Celebration of Stories Sally McInerney , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 August 1993; (p. 45)

— Review of Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work novel ; The Web Nette Hilton 1992 single work children's fiction ; Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham 1992 single work picture book ; Where's Mum? Libby Gleeson 1992 single work picture book ; Belinda Pamela Allen 1992 single work picture book ; Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman 1992 single work children's fiction ; A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough 1992 single work novel ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher 1992 single work children's fiction
Old favourites, New Talent, but No Dinosaurs Margaret Aitken , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 August 1993; (p. 7)

— Review of Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham 1992 single work picture book ; Where's Mum? Libby Gleeson 1992 single work picture book ; Blabber Mouth Morris Gleitzman 1992 single work children's fiction ; The Web Nette Hilton 1992 single work children's fiction ; Belinda Pamela Allen 1992 single work picture book ; Looking for Alibrandi Melina Marchetta 1992 single work novel ; A Long Way to Tipperary Sue Gough 1992 single work novel ; Galax-Arena Gillian Rubinstein 1992 single work novel ; The Bamboo Flute Garry Disher 1992 single work children's fiction
The Girl Most Unlikely To... Keith Austin , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 April 2003; (p. 4-5)
An Interview with Melina Marchetta Sophie Masson , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 37 no. 1 1993; (p. 6-7)
The Children's Book Council of Australia Annual Awards 1993 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 37 no. 3 1993; (p. 2-8)
Judge's report for the 1993 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award.
Melina Marchetta Melina Marchetta , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 37 no. 4 1993; (p. 3)
Student Refused to Read 'Muck' John Camplin , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 June 1995; (p. 3)
A Queensland year 12 student claims to have failed his English exam because he refused to read Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi. The reason for the refusal was that the book contained a description of a girl learning to use a tampon.
Multicultural Stepping Stones Jodie Minus , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , October vol. 1 no. 2 2006; (p. 10)
Jodie Minus looks at the trajectory of Melina Marchetta's career from 'multicultural' to mainstream writer. Minus expresses the hope that Randa Abdel-Fattah will travel a similar path. 'We should look forward to the day', says Minus, 'when Abdel-Fattah no longer writes only about the problems facing Muslims, but about issues faced by all sorts of Australians'.
y Adaptations : A Guide to Adapting Literature to Film Denise Faithfull , Brian Hannant , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1361797 2007 single work criticism Adaptations discusses approaches to adaptations of various forms of literature using a range of Australian texts and films as examples.
Embodying a Racialised Multiculturalism : Strategic Essentialism and Lived Hybridities in Hoa Pham's No One Like Me Debra Dudek , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 17 no. 2 2007; (p. 43-49)
Debra Dudek is interested in the intersection of multiculturalism, cultural citizenship and children's literature and in this article looks at the 'tension between representing an acceptance of cultural difference...and representing all people within one culture as the same' (43). She locates her analysis within the field of Asian-Australian studies through a discussion of Hoa Pham's No One Like Me (1998), the story of a young Vietnamese girl who lives in Australia with her family, arguing that the text 'simultaneously highlights and deconstructs gender and the Asian family as homogenous categories' (43). Framing the analysis with a discussion of the Howard Government's approach to cultural diversity and its viewpoint that 'immigrants from Asia threaten the notion of a unified Australia', Dudek draws attention to the 'turbulent past and uncertain future' of multiculturalism which, she argues, relies on 'concepts of sameness and difference' that fundamentally support and maintain policies of assimilation (43-44). Dudek posits that No One Like Me negotiates the question of 'how to recognize and accept race and gender strategically as essential categories of difference without homogenising them' (45) in a way which destabilizes 'neat and static categories of otherness' and 'opens up the possibility of multiple subject positions [and] complex lived hybridities' (48).
Not Quite White (Enough) : Intersecting Ethnic and Gendered Identities in Looking for Alibrandi Kate McInally , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 17 no. 2 2007; (p. 59-66)

Kate McInally argues that in Looking for Alibrandi, Josie's specifically gendered quest for maturity' is one that 'erases multicultural identity' in all but its most overt manifestations (59). The analysis assesses 'intersections between raced and gendered indentity', with McInally stating that the narrative is fundamentally underpinned by an 'overwhelmingly monocultural ideology: that of acceptability attained through paternal sanction that transcends cultural heritage, to value aspirations of whiteness' (59).

McInally argues that 'Josie's aspirations for, and eventual acquisition of cultural capital is accessible only through her relationship with men' (59) a relationship based upon masculine domination which requires 'a feminine complicitness that the novel is all too ready to grant' (59). In her desire for 'economic, social and symbolic capital', Josie is required to 'move away from her Italianess to a position that is markedly more hegemonic' and while the novel may appear to overtly celebrate a 'multiculturalist agenda' this is offset against 'the way social capital accrues to an adolescent female who becomes 'daddy's little girl' (59).

For McInally, the novel's closure not only maintains and perpetuates cross-cultural relations whereby the 'other' is accepted, or tolerated, only for 'the ways they can enrich the host culture', it also ensures that Josie's 'mature subjectivity...is attained through her assimilation into dominant monomorality; accepting the rightness and whiteness of male domination...and patriarchal Australia as her embraced homeland' (66).

Know the Author : Melina Marchetta Kerry White , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 23 no. 5 2008; (p. 4-6)

The article details Marchetta's approach to writing through a discussion of Finnikin of the Rock (2008), which she describes as 'a different type of book' than Alibrandi and Jellicoe Road. A fantasy quest that involves '...a coming together of disparate settings, memories and concerns' (5), Marchetta claims the book is fundamentally about '...loss of homeland, loss of language and...loss of identity' (6).

The article includes some facts about the author and a plot outline of Finnikin, which describes the narrative as 'long and twisting ... with characters whose actions can't always be anticipated (6).

y A Text Response to Melina Marchetta's Looking for Alibrandi Susan Perry , Ballarat : Wizard Books , 1994 Z1612228 1994 single work criticism
Looking for/at Australia : Roots and Repulsion in Contemporary Australian Women's Writing Marilena Parlati , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagined Australia : Reflections around the Reciprocal Construction of Identity between Australia and Europe 2009; (p. 251-263)
'No matter how seriously attacked and deranged, identity remains a keyword for contemporaneity. Political agendas and propagandas are packed full with claims and calls for new or old senses of belonging; nations and narrations abound with discourses focussed upon finding ro recuperating personal and collective memories, which might thus safeguard one's dreamy rootedness and secure location in the world. And yet, within these manifestoes lie dispersed and abjected bodies, weak and nomadic subjects which crowd the bitter arena of contemporary philosophical reflections as well as political praxis and 'vernacular' reality (CF. Kreisteva 1982; Vattimo 1999; Butler 1990, 1993; de Lauretis 1990; Bugliese 2007c) Ethnicity is another term one often encounters in the public as well as private spheres, especially in the Anglophone context. It has replaced the previous race markers in general as well as in critical parlance. And yet, it is a term which seems to be still deeply dangerous in its constructing borders of inclusion and exclusion in/out of any given community. In this view, (visible) ethnics exist insofar as they are recognized (and recognize themselves) as such in vertiginous and self-perpetuating but distorted mirror scene. What is obliterated in such positions is the obvious fact that every human being is ethnically located; of course, the term is a useful tool in the hands of mainstream, powerful groups often advocating multi-forms of marginalization (cf Knippling 1996; Yoshino 1999).' (p251)
Wizards, Vampires and Elbow Grease Susanne Gervay , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 42 no. 3 2010; (p. 20-22)
'Writing for children and young adults requires an ability to inspire wonder combined with deep reserves of patience, says Susanne Gervay.' ()
Creating Your Own Distinctive Writing Voice Christine Bongers , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , February no. 192 2010; (p. 10-11)
y The Heinemann English Project Text Study : Looking for Alibrandi Mark Stracey , Leanne Matheson , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Education Australia , 2005 Z1756272 2005 single work criticism 'An analysis of the book and its transformation into a movie.' (Trove)
Using Drama to Teach Difficult Texts Kelly Freebody , John Hughes , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teenagers and Reading : Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices 2012; (p. 161-175)
'This chapter explores the potential for using educational drama (sometimes called drama pedagogy) to explore difficult texts in the classroom. [...] By 'difficult texts' we mean both texts that include difficult vocabulary or complex narrative structures, as well as texts that are 'difficult' because they address potentially controversial issues, sometimes avoided in the classroom' (p. 161) [Authors' abstract]
Books and Blogs : Promoting Reading Achievement in Digital Contexts Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teenagers and Reading : Literary Heritages, Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Reading Practices 2012; (p. 191-209)
Excuse Me Is Our Heritage Showing? Representations of Diasporic Experiences across the Generations Rita Wilson , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: FULGOR , November vol. 3 no. 3 2008;
This paper examines the narration of diasporic experiences by writers of Italian descent. It investigates the ways in which relationships between ‘home’ and ‘destination’ cultures are negotiated across the generations. Narratives by three women writers, Rosa Cappiello, Anna Maria Dell’oso and Melina Marchetta are analysed to show how negotiating the tensions between nostalgia for the past and the needs of the present transforms and translates notions of ‘home’ for writers who are living ‘in between’ cultures. Through a reading of the narratives of these three authors, each representative of a different generation, the paper considers the ways in which space, place and identity interact in determining the politics of belonging. It is argued that the role of the hyphenate writer has changed over the decades and across generations, from that of a raconteur of what took place, a role that may lean more toward nostalgia than analysis, to that of cultural mediator and, more recently, cultural examiner. Further, the texts chosen for analysis reveal a distinctive strategy of representation – a rhetoric of location – in which spatiality functions as a symbolic conduit between the plotting of identity constructions and Italian/Australian realities. [Author's abstract]
Multiculturalism in Recent Australian Children's Fiction : (Re)Constructing Selves Through Personal and National Histories John Stephens , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Other Worlds, Other Lives : Children's Literature Experiences : Volume 3 1996; (p. 1-19)
Stephens examines the dissemination of ideologies of multiculturalism in Australian children's texts.
Great Expectations : Melina Marchetta Shelli-Anne Couch , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 April 1994; (p. 4A)
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