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Date: 2001-2004
Date: 2004-
Issue Details: First known date: 2001- 2001-
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Notes

  • Quarterly Essay covers issues affecting Australia in the political, economic and cultural arenas. Four essays are published each year.

  • Quarterly Essay is selectively indexed by AustLit.

Includes

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y Whitefella Jump Up : The Shortest Way to Nationhood Germaine Greer , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003 Z1064840 2003 single work essay Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003
Issue 12
y Made in England : Australia's British Inheritance David Malouf , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003 Z1081844 2003 single work essay Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003
Issue 15
y Latham's World : The New Politics of the Outsiders Margaret Simons , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2004 Z1180746 2004 single work essay Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2004
Issue 23
y The History Question : Who Owns the Past? Inga Clendinnen , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2006 Z1321134 2006 single work essay In this essay Inga Clendinnen looks at how Australia should record and regard its past while asking the question - what kind of history do Australians want and need? She discusses the Stolen Generations and the role of morality in history-writing and provides a critique of Kate Grenville's Secret River. Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2006
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y No Fixed Address : Nomads and the Fate of the Planet Robyn Davidson , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2006 Z1353275 2006 single work essay

''In every religion I can think of, there exists some variation on the theme of abandoning the settled life and walking one's way to godliness. The Hindu Sadhu, leaving behind family and wealth to live as a beggar; the pilgrims of Compostela walking away their sins; the circumambulators of the Buddhist kora; the Hajj. What could this ritual journeying be but symbolic, idealised versions of the foraging life? By taking to the road we free ourselves of baggage, both physical and psychological. We walk back to our original condition, to our best selves.'

'After many thousands of years, the nomads are disappearing, swept away by modernity. Robyn Davidson has spent a good part of her life with nomadic cultures. In this fascinating and moving essay she evokes a vanishing way of life, and notes a paradox: that even as classical nomads are disappearing, hypermobility has become the hallmark of contemporary life. In a time of environmental peril, she argues, the nomadic way with nature still offers valuable lessons. No Fixed Address is part lament, part evocation and part exhilarating speculative journey.' (Publication summary)

Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2006
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y Bipolar Nation : How to Win the 2007 Election Peter Hartcher , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2007 Z1379046 2007 single work essay Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2007
Issue 35
y Radical Hope : Education and Equality in Australia Noel Pearson , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2009 Z1722524 2009 single work essay Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2009
Issue 41
y The Happy Life : The Search for Contentment in the Modern World David Malouf , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2011 Z1766250 2011 single work essay

'In the first Quarterly Essay for 2011, David Malouf returns to one of the most fundamental questions and gives it a modern twist: what makes for a happy life? With grace and profundity, Malouf discusses new and old ways to talk about contentment and the self. In considering the happy life - what it is, and what makes it possible - David Malouf returns to the "highest wisdom" of the classics, looks at how, thanks to Thomas Jefferson's way with words, happiness became a "right", and examines joy in the flesh as depicted by Rubens and Rembrandt.

'In a world become ever larger and impersonal, he finds happiness in an unlikely place. This is an essay to savour and reflect upon by one of Australia's greatest novelists.' (From the publisher's website.)

Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2011
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y Fair Share : Country and City in Australia Judith Brett , Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2011 Z1792968 2011 single work essay

'Once the country believed itself to be the true face of Australia: sunburnt men and capable women raising crops and children, enduring isolation and a fickle environment, carrying the nation on their sturdy backs. For almost 200 years after white settlement began, city Australia needed the country: to feed it, to earn its export income, to fill the empty land, to provide it with distinctive images of the nation being built in the great south land. But Australia no longer rides on the sheep's back, and since the 1980s, when "economic rationalism" became the new creed, the country has felt abandoned, its contribution to the nation dismissed, its historic purpose forgotten.

In Fair Share, Judith Brett argues that our federation was built on the idea of a big country and a fair share, no matter where one lived. We also looked to the bush for our legends and we still look to it for our food. These are not things we can just abandon. In late 2010, with the country independents deciding who would form federal government, it seemed that rural and regional Australia's time had come again. But, as Murray-Darling water reform shows, the politics of dependence are complicated. The question remains: what will be the fate of the country in an era of user-pays, water cutbacks, climate change, droughts and flooding rains? What are the prospects for a new compact between country and city in Australia in the twenty-first century?' Source: www.quarterlyessay.com/ (Sighted 21/07/2011).

Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2011
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y Us and Them : On the Importance of Animals Anna Krien , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 Z1857173 2012 single work essay In this dazzling piece of reportage, Anna Krien investigates the contemporary animal kingdom and our place in it. From pets to food, from wildness to science experiments, Krien also reveals how animals are faring in this new world order. Examples range from the joyful to the deeply unsettling (Libraries Australia). Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012
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y Political Animal : The Making of Tony Abbott David Marr , Melbourne : Black Ink Press , 2013 Z1932143 2013 single work biography 'Tony Abbott is poised to become the nation's next prime minister and, more than ever, Australians are asking: what kind of man is he and how might he run the country?

David Marr's Political Animal, with its revelation of 'the punch,' triggered intense scrutiny of Abbott's character in 2012. Now this expanded and updated edition of Marr's dramatic portrait gives the clearest picture yet of Abbott the man and politician.' (Publisher's blurb)
Melbourne : Black Ink Press , 2013
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y The Prince : Faith, Abuse and George Pell David Marr , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2013 6487801 2013 single work biography (taught in 1 units)

'The leading Catholic in the nation and spiritual adviser to Tony Abbott, Cardinal George Pell has played a key role in the greatest challenge to face his church for centuries: the scandal of child sex abuse by priests.

'In The Prince, David Marr investigates the man and his career: how did he rise through the ranks? What does he stand for? How does he wield his authority? How much has he shaped his church and Australia? How has he handled the scandal?

'Marr reveals a cleric at ease with power and aggressive in asserting the prerogatives of the Vatican. His account of Pell’s career focuses on his response as a man, a priest, an archbishop and prince of the church to the scandal that has engulfed the Catholic world in the last thirty years. This is the story of a cleric slow to see what was happening around him; torn by the contest between his church and its victims; and slow to realise that the Catholic Church cannot, in the end, escape secular scrutiny.

'The Prince is an arresting portrait of faith, loyalty and ambition, set against a backdrop of terrible suffering and an ancient institution in turmoil.

'“He knows children have been wrecked. He apologises again and again. He even sees that the hostility of the press he so deplores has helped the church face the scandal. What he doesn’t get is the hostility to the church. Whatever else he believes in, Pell has profound faith in the Catholic Church. He guards it with his life. Nations come and go but the church remains.” David Marr, The Prince. ' (Publisher's blurb)

Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2013
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y Found in Translation : In Praise of a Plural World Linda Jaivin , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2013 6718913 2013 single work criticism (taught in 1 units)

'Whether we’re aware of it or not, we spend much of our time in this globalised world in the act of translation. Language is a big part of it, of course, as anyone who has fumbled with a phrasebook in a foreign country will know, but behind language is something far more challenging to translate: culture. As a traveller, a mistranslation might land you a bowl of who-knows-what when you think you asked for noodles, and mistranslations in international politics can be a few steps from serious trouble. But translation is also a way of entering new and exciting worlds, and forging links that never before existed.

'Linda Jaivin has been translating from Chinese for more than thirty years. While her specialty is subtitles, she has also translated song lyrics, poetry and fiction, and interpreted for ABC film crews, Chinese artists and even the English singer Billy Bragg as he gave his take on socialism to some Beijing rockers. In Found in Translation she reveals the work of the translator and considers whether different worldviews can be bridged. She pays special attention to China and the English-speaking West, Australia in particular, but also discusses French, Japanese and even the odd phrase of Maori. This is a free-ranging essay, personal and informed, about translation in its narrowest and broadest senses, and the prism – occasionally prison – of culture.' (Publisher's blurb)

Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2013
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y The Australian Dream : Blood, History and Becoming Stan Grant , Carlton : Black Inc. , 2016 10403905 2016 single work essay

'In a landmark essay, Stan Grant writes Indigenous people back into the economic and multicultural history of Australia. This is the fascinating story of how fringe dwellers fought not just to survive, but to prosper. Their legacy is the extraordinary flowering of Indigenous success – cultural, sporting, intellectual and social – that we see today.

'Yet this flourishing co-exists with the boys of Don Dale, and the many others like them who live in the shadows of the nation. Grant examines how such Australians have been denied the possibilities of life, and argues eloquently that history is not destiny; that culture is not static. In doing so, he makes the case for a more capacious Australian Dream.' (Publication summary)

Carlton : Black Inc. , 2016

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2001-

Works about this Work

Shades of Grey Patrick Allington , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , July no. 401 2013; (p. 14-15)
Killer Drones, Dieback and Democracy Justin Clemens , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , December 2011 - January 2012 no. 115 2012; (p. 22-26)
Deconstructing Morry Jane Cadzow , 2009 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 8 August 2009; (p. 22-26)
How an Essay Became an Article of War Jason Steger , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 19 February 2004; (p. 3) The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 February 2004; (p. 3)
Steger reports on a dispute between Quarterly Essay's publisher, Morry Schwartz, and its editor, Peter Craven over the issue of joint authorship of issue no.13 of the journal. The conflict resulted in Craven's dismissal as editor.
Wanted : Younger Voices and Fresher Ideas Greg Barns , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 29 February 2004; (p. 11)
Barns writes that 'the Quarterly Essay should seize its chance to become an entrepreneur of new talent.' The way to do this is by allowing new ideas and voices to be heard.
The Art of the Deal James Button , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2004; (p. 1-2)
A Essay in Friction James Button , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2004; (p. 2)
Outlines the dispute between Quarterly Essay's publisher, Morry Schwartz, and its editor, Peter Craven over the issue of joint authorship of issue no.13 of the journal. The conflict resulted in Craven's dismissal as editor.
Still Cringing? : A Battle for the Soul of Australia's Quarterly Essay Peter Craven , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 14 May no. 5276 2004; (p. 14-15)
Craven reflects on Australia's perception of its own culture and standing in the world in the light of his sacking from the editorship of Quarterly Essay and the associated Black Inc. publications, The Best Australian Essays, The Best Australian Stories and The Best Australian Poetry.
How an Essay Became an Article of War Jason Steger , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 19 February 2004; (p. 3) The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 February 2004; (p. 3)
Steger reports on a dispute between Quarterly Essay's publisher, Morry Schwartz, and its editor, Peter Craven over the issue of joint authorship of issue no.13 of the journal. The conflict resulted in Craven's dismissal as editor.
Wanted : Younger Voices and Fresher Ideas Greg Barns , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 29 February 2004; (p. 11)
Barns writes that 'the Quarterly Essay should seize its chance to become an entrepreneur of new talent.' The way to do this is by allowing new ideas and voices to be heard.
The Art of the Deal James Button , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2004; (p. 1-2)
A Essay in Friction James Button , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2004; (p. 2)
Outlines the dispute between Quarterly Essay's publisher, Morry Schwartz, and its editor, Peter Craven over the issue of joint authorship of issue no.13 of the journal. The conflict resulted in Craven's dismissal as editor.
Still Cringing? : A Battle for the Soul of Australia's Quarterly Essay Peter Craven , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 14 May no. 5276 2004; (p. 14-15)
Craven reflects on Australia's perception of its own culture and standing in the world in the light of his sacking from the editorship of Quarterly Essay and the associated Black Inc. publications, The Best Australian Essays, The Best Australian Stories and The Best Australian Poetry.
Deconstructing Morry Jane Cadzow , 2009 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 8 August 2009; (p. 22-26)
Killer Drones, Dieback and Democracy Justin Clemens , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , December 2011 - January 2012 no. 115 2012; (p. 22-26)
Shades of Grey Patrick Allington , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , July no. 401 2013; (p. 14-15)
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