y Xavier Herbert : Letters selected work   correspondence  
Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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This selection from Herbert's voluminous correspondence includes letters to forty five individuals and organizations - his wife Sadie, friends, acquaintances, political and literary figures. The letters are arranged in six individually titled sections: 'Black Betrayal' and Failure (1929-1934); Exiled in Capricornia Country (1935-1938); Literary Lion in Love and War (1938-1947); Northern Wanderer (1947-1968); Writer, Chemist and Disturbing Element (1964-1968); Poor Fellow Dreaming (1970-1979). The letters are interspersed with explanatory biographical material. The editors have also provided a glossary, biographical notes on correspondents and notes on persons mentioned in the letters.

Notes

  • Herbert's letters are preserved in a number of manuscript collections in Australian libraries. Details of these collections can be found by consulting the Register of Australian Archives and Manuscipts (RAAM) : http://www.nla.gov.au/raam/ and the Guide to Australian Literary Manuscripts: http://findaid.library.uwa.edu.au/
  • Dedication: For Heather Atkinson

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 2002 .
      Extent: 490p.
      Description: illus: 8 p. photographs , maps.
      Note/s:
      • Glossary pp. 457-458
      • Details of letter recipients pp. 459-463.
      • Names mentioned in letters pp.465-480.
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 0702233099

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Biopolitical Correspondences : Settler Nationalism, Thanatopolitics, and the Perils of Hybridity Michael R. Griffiths , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , June vol. 26 no. 2 2011; (p. 20-42)
'How does (post)colonial literary culture, so often annexed to nationalist concerns, interface with what Michel Foucalt called biopolitics? Biopolitics can be defined as the regularisation of a population according to the perceived insistence on norms. Indeed, biopolitics is crucially concerned with what is perceptible at the macroscopic level of an entire population - often rendering its operations blind to more singular, small, identitarian, or even communitarian representations and imaginaries. Unlike the diffuse, microscopic, governmental mechanisms of surveillance that identify the need for disciplinary interventions, biopolitics concerns itself with the regularisation of societies on a large scale, notably through demography. As Ann Laura Stoler has put it, Foucault's identification of these two forms of power, 'the disciplining of individual bodies...and the regularization of life processes of aggregate human populations' has led to much productive work in the postcolonialist critique of 'the discursive management of the sexual practices of the colonized', and the resultant 'colonial order of things' (4).' (Author's introduction, 20)
A Brilliant Burglary Veronica Brady , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 January 2003; (p. 8)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Misanthropist, Misogynist, 'Mouse' to His Mother Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 21 February no. 5212 2003; (p. 5)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Untitled Caroline Viera Jones , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 78 2003; (p. 167-168) JAS Review of Books , May no. 15 2003;

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
The Letters are the Man: Xavier Herbert's Autobiography as Written by His Editors Yu Ouyang , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 175-177) Bias : Offensively Chinese/Australian : A Collection of Essays on China and Australia 2007; (p. 71-74)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Panoramic View of Our Cultural Past : Australian Literature Diane Carlyle , Nick Walker , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 November 2002; (p. 26)
People and Places Kathy Hunt , 2002-2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 December-14 January vol. 120 no. 6355 2002-2003; (p. 139)

— Review of My Life As Me : A Memoir Barry Humphries 2002 single work autobiography ; Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
A Disamingly Disturbing Correspondent Elizabeth Perkins , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , Spring vol. 21 no. 4 2002; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Untitled Phil Brown , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 25 September - 1 October 2002; (p. 20)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Herbert the Wild Peter Coleman , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 October 2002; (p. 8-9) The Last Intellectuals : Essays on Writers and Politics 2010; (p. 149-153)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
An Obsessional Storyteller Jacqueline Kent , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 245 2002; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Letters Peek into an Idiosyncratic, Creative Life Peter Pierce , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 November 2002; (p. 19)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
People and Places Kathy Hunt , 2002-2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 December-14 January vol. 120 no. 6355 2002-2003; (p. 139)

— Review of My Life As Me : A Memoir Barry Humphries 2002 single work autobiography ; Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
A Brilliant Burglary Veronica Brady , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 January 2003; (p. 8)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Misanthropist, Misogynist, 'Mouse' to His Mother Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 21 February no. 5212 2003; (p. 5)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Untitled Caroline Viera Jones , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 78 2003; (p. 167-168) JAS Review of Books , May no. 15 2003;

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
A Disamingly Disturbing Correspondent Elizabeth Perkins , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , Spring vol. 21 no. 4 2002; (p. 59-60)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
The Letters are the Man: Xavier Herbert's Autobiography as Written by His Editors Yu Ouyang , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 175-177) Bias : Offensively Chinese/Australian : A Collection of Essays on China and Australia 2007; (p. 71-74)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Untitled Phil Brown , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 25 September - 1 October 2002; (p. 20)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Herbert the Wild Peter Coleman , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 October 2002; (p. 8-9) The Last Intellectuals : Essays on Writers and Politics 2010; (p. 149-153)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
An Obsessional Storyteller Jacqueline Kent , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 245 2002; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Letters Peek into an Idiosyncratic, Creative Life Peter Pierce , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 November 2002; (p. 19)

— Review of Xavier Herbert : Letters Xavier Herbert 2002 selected work correspondence
Biopolitical Correspondences : Settler Nationalism, Thanatopolitics, and the Perils of Hybridity Michael R. Griffiths , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , June vol. 26 no. 2 2011; (p. 20-42)
'How does (post)colonial literary culture, so often annexed to nationalist concerns, interface with what Michel Foucalt called biopolitics? Biopolitics can be defined as the regularisation of a population according to the perceived insistence on norms. Indeed, biopolitics is crucially concerned with what is perceptible at the macroscopic level of an entire population - often rendering its operations blind to more singular, small, identitarian, or even communitarian representations and imaginaries. Unlike the diffuse, microscopic, governmental mechanisms of surveillance that identify the need for disciplinary interventions, biopolitics concerns itself with the regularisation of societies on a large scale, notably through demography. As Ann Laura Stoler has put it, Foucault's identification of these two forms of power, 'the disciplining of individual bodies...and the regularization of life processes of aggregate human populations' has led to much productive work in the postcolonialist critique of 'the discursive management of the sexual practices of the colonized', and the resultant 'colonial order of things' (4).' (Author's introduction, 20)
Panoramic View of Our Cultural Past : Australian Literature Diane Carlyle , Nick Walker , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 6 November 2002; (p. 26)
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