Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1993 1993
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  • Appears in:
    y Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993 Z378609 1993 selected work short story Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993 pg. 89-136
  • Appears in:
    y Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy , Pymble : HarperCollins , 1999 Z315680 1999 selected work short story poetry criticism biography (taught in 1 units) Pymble : HarperCollins , 1999 pg. 11-83
    Note: Revised and extended.
  • Appears in:
    y The Australian Long Story Mandy Sayer (editor), Camberwell : Hamish Hamilton , 2009 Z1629549 2009 anthology short story prose novella autobiography (taught in 2 units)

    'In this collection, acclaimed writer Mandy Sayer brings together nine of the best Australian examples of the long story - tales that combine the intensity of the short story with the complexity of a novel.

    In these stories, characters grow up, hook up and break up, endure calamitous loss and discover delectable love, travel to faraway places and fifi nd themselves right back where they started. From the exotic to the familiar, the sensuous to the dangerous, these soaring flights of the imagination boldly traverse the vast terrain of human experience.

    Showcasing the talents of some of our most loved and awarded authors, this invigorating collection is an excellent introduction to an often overlooked art form, promising to enchant all lovers of Australian fiction.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Camberwell : Hamish Hamilton , 2009
    pg. 77-130

Works about this Work

Metaphysician: Trying to Read Peter Goldsworthy's Prescription Noel Henricksen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth Literature , June vol. 46 no. 2 2011; (p. 257-273)
'As a medical practitioner, Peter Goldsworthy has been confronted, all too frequently, with human suffering, morbidity and mortality: he wrestles with their existential meaning in his poetry, essays and stories. Death, in Goldsworthy's works, is ubiquitous: it becomes an engine for tension between belief and scepticism, for contention between the legacy of his childhood Methodism and his professional grounding in scientific method. Goldsworthy describes incidents and presents arguments which explore the feasibility that we are not ephemeral but potentially eternal: séances and hoped-for hauntings; near-death experiences ... explained physiologically; cloned Tasmanian tigers, and a doctor's self-insemination with the DNA of Jesus; God-centred science fiction, and a convincing postulate for resurrection expressed in the language of mathematics and quantum mechanics. Detached and irreverent, Goldsworthy dissects and analyses, but avoids circumscription or dogmatism. He desires, at best, some proof that there is a dimension beyond the physical; he feels some sadness that a scientific mind is deprived of a certainty of the metaphysical; and he expresses hope that "perhaps, just perhaps ..."' (Author's abstract).
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam : Introduction Amanda Lohrey , 1999-1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 1-10)
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam : Afterword Peter Goldsworthy , 1999-1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 87-91)
Death Sentences Philip Hodgins , 1999-1989 single work review
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 122-123)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Death in the Suburbs Mirrored in Irony A. P. Riemer , 1999-1989 single work review
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 115-117)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Death of a Middle-Class Lady Peter O'Connor , 1999-1989 single work review
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 120-121)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Life and Death Near and Afar Katharine England , 1999-1989 single work review
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 118-119)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
What Comes Next? A. P. Riemer , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Ironic Eye : The Poetry and Prose of Peter Goldsworthy 1994; (p. 103-123)
Death of a Middle-Class Lady Peter O'Connor , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 5 February 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story
Peter Goldsworthy Cath Kenneally (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 156 1993; (p. 18-19)
Life and Death Near and Afar Katharine England , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 13 November 1993; (p. 21)

— Review of Letter to Constantine Joan London 1993 selected work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story ; Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Death Sentences Philip Hodgins , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , November no. 120 1993; (p. 33)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story
Death Sentences Philip Hodgins , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , December no. 60 1993; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story
Death in the Suburbs Mirrored in Irony A. P. Riemer , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 November 1993; (p. 11A)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story
Life and Death Near and Afar Katharine England , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 13 November 1993; (p. 21)

— Review of Letter to Constantine Joan London 1993 selected work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story ; Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Death Sentences Philip Hodgins , 1999-1989 single work review
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 122-123)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Death in the Suburbs Mirrored in Irony A. P. Riemer , 1999-1989 single work review
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 115-117)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Death of a Middle-Class Lady Peter O'Connor , 1999-1989 single work review
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 120-121)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Life and Death Near and Afar Katharine England , 1999-1989 single work review
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 118-119)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story
Death Sentences Philip Hodgins , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , November no. 120 1993; (p. 33)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story
Death Sentences Philip Hodgins , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , December no. 60 1993; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story
Death in the Suburbs Mirrored in Irony A. P. Riemer , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 November 1993; (p. 11A)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story
Death of a Middle-Class Lady Peter O'Connor , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 5 February 1994; (p. 8)

— Review of Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam Peter Goldsworthy 1993 single work short story ; Little Deaths Peter Goldsworthy 1993 selected work short story
Metaphysician: Trying to Read Peter Goldsworthy's Prescription Noel Henricksen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth Literature , June vol. 46 no. 2 2011; (p. 257-273)
'As a medical practitioner, Peter Goldsworthy has been confronted, all too frequently, with human suffering, morbidity and mortality: he wrestles with their existential meaning in his poetry, essays and stories. Death, in Goldsworthy's works, is ubiquitous: it becomes an engine for tension between belief and scepticism, for contention between the legacy of his childhood Methodism and his professional grounding in scientific method. Goldsworthy describes incidents and presents arguments which explore the feasibility that we are not ephemeral but potentially eternal: séances and hoped-for hauntings; near-death experiences ... explained physiologically; cloned Tasmanian tigers, and a doctor's self-insemination with the DNA of Jesus; God-centred science fiction, and a convincing postulate for resurrection expressed in the language of mathematics and quantum mechanics. Detached and irreverent, Goldsworthy dissects and analyses, but avoids circumscription or dogmatism. He desires, at best, some proof that there is a dimension beyond the physical; he feels some sadness that a scientific mind is deprived of a certainty of the metaphysical; and he expresses hope that "perhaps, just perhaps ..."' (Author's abstract).
What Comes Next? A. P. Riemer , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Ironic Eye : The Poetry and Prose of Peter Goldsworthy 1994; (p. 103-123)
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam : Introduction Amanda Lohrey , 1999-1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 1-10)
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam : Afterword Peter Goldsworthy , 1999-1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam 1999; (p. 87-91)
Peter Goldsworthy Cath Kenneally (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 156 1993; (p. 18-19)
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