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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003
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Notes

  • Author note: 'Shanghai Dancing is a fictional autobiography. Told from an Australian perspective and loosely based on my family's life in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau from the 1930s to the 1960s.'
  • Epigraph: We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. (Franz Kafka)
  • Dedication: For B. B.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2003 .
      Image courtesy of Giramondo Publishing
      Extent: 447p.
      Description: illus., genealogical table.
      ISBN: 0957831188 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Contesting Identity and Forming 'Cosmopolitan Memory' in Brian Castro's Shanghai Dancing Beibei Chen , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 29 no. 2 2015; (p. 269-280)
'This article examines how 'cosmopolitan memory' workds in Brian Castro's Shanghai Dancing as a way of challenging a notion of identity confined within nation-state and community...' (269)
Translating Fragments : Disorientation in Brian Castro's Shanghai Dancing Wang Guanglin , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 29 no. 1 2015; (p. 129-143)
'Guanglin explores Walter Benjamin's The Task of the Translator, wherein the German critic famously shifts the problem of translation against the Western mimetic tradition. Instead of a concern with the original being reproduced, Benjamin posits an event between languages. Moreover, Benjamin's Passagenwerk or Arcades Project demonstrates the mode of assembling and disassembling networked fragments. Elsewhere in Benjamin, the "cities" acquire the significance of palimpsest to be read. The Arcades Project, which would be posthumously edited and was never given a completed form, takes nineteenth-century Paris as a testing ground and site of emergence of modern techno-history. Among other things, Guanglin examines Shanghai Dancing, which serves this role in Brian Castro's writing.' (Publication summary)
Reading Australia from Distant Shores Jennifer Wawrzinek , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 18-22, 257)
'A a doctoral candidate working in Australian Studies, Wawrzinek shares the difficulty to find quality Australian literature in Europe, particularly in Paris and in Berlin. With the increasing availability of ebooks via download,she is hoping that it will become easier to include lesser known Australian writers on reading lists in the European university and to access material that otherwise takes months to arrive via conventional methods of transportation. She says a sustained, ongoing program to support Australian authors, to speak about their work, and to engage in collaborative programs with European scholars and artists is needed to show the world that Australia is not just about Kangaroos and beautiful beaches.' (Publication summary)
African Chicken and Transonant Subject in Brian Castro's Shanghai Dancing Jennifer Wawrzinek , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Border Crossings : Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media 2012; (p. 253-262)
'In Brian Castro's fictional autobiography Shanghai Dancing the narrator, Antonio Castro, takes a ferry to Hong Kong. During the passage he remembers his birth of a similar ferry many years previously when, as he describes it, his mother hesitated 'between one step and the next' (212) as her labour came on. After finally arriving in the world, the newborn child lies on the threshold of life 'unbreathing for some time' - an action that, the narrator tells us, is repeated throughout his life as 'stretching breath to stopper utterance' (212). This curious depiction of hesitant arrival and of suspension in-between states underwrites the entire narrative of the book, in which Antontio [sic] Castro returns from his adopted home in Melbourne to that of his birthplace in Shanghai. He goes there carrying his father's photos in an attempt to 'reconstruct a story' by finding 'the missing pieces' (12). Yet the narrative of his family history discovers not a unified and coherent story of origin, family, and nation, but rather a radically complicated and chequered diorama of migration and dispersal that compromises any singular notion of identity or culture.' (Author's introduction)
'Miscegenating' Writing: Hybridity in Brian Castro's Shanghai Dancing Maryline Brun , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hybridity: Forms and Figures in Literature and the Visual Arts 2011; (p. 344-353)
Author Behind the Writer James Ley , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 March 2003; (p. 12)

— Review of Shanghai Dancing Brian Castro 2003 single work novel
A Blend of Elegant Leaps Michael Sharkey , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 April 2003; (p. 12)

— Review of Shanghai Dancing Brian Castro 2003 single work novel
Dancing to a Tune of Displacement Laurie Clancy , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 April 2003; (p. 5)

— Review of Shanghai Dancing Brian Castro 2003 single work novel
Blend of Myth and Home Truths Mark Thomas , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 3 May 2003; (p. 2a)

— Review of Shanghai Dancing Brian Castro 2003 single work novel
No Promised Land Alison Broinowski , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 251 2003; (p. 44)

— Review of Shanghai Dancing Brian Castro 2003 single work novel
Castro and the Friction of Fiction Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 March 2003; (p. 3)
Shanghai Surprise Tweaks Book Trade Bean Counters Malcolm Knox , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 May 2004; (p. 3)
Dressing up Facts has Writer in the Famil's Way Murray Waldren , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 May 2004; (p. 4)
Picturing the Story : Image and Narrative in Brian Castro and W.G. Sebald David Sornig , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , April vol. 8 no. 1 2004;
The author looks at the 'ways in which the text and the image are being used in tandem in the practice of contemporary literary fiction' through the works of Brian Castro and the German writer W. G. Sebald.
Reading Groups and Creative Writing Courses : The Year's Work in Fiction Susan Lever , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 49 no. 2004; (p. 164-175)
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  • 1930-1969
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