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y The Hanging of Jean Lee single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1998 1998
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Prize-winning poet Jordie Albiston’s third book is dramatic. It spotlights the crunch times in the life of Jean Lee 1919-1951 from adventurous girl to hanged woman. It captures the times, the completion of the Harbour Bridge, the youth culture of the milk bars, the 'overpaid, oversexed, over here’ American servicemen during the War, the invasion of petty crims for the 1949 Melbourne Cup won by Faxzami. Above all, it understands. Jean's last God-troubled speeches raise her mean life to suburban tragedy.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • A novel in verse form
  • Jean Lee was the last woman hanged in Australia (1951).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fitzroy North, Fitzroy - Collingwood area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Pepper , 1998 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: vii, 75p.p.
      ISBN: 187604425X

Works about this Work

Somewhere between Fiction and Non-fiction: New Approaches to Writing Crime Histories Anna Haebich , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 28 2015;
'This paper explores innovative ways of writing across the borders between fiction and non-fiction in crime histories and examines how crime sources can actively encourage writing that is imaginative, subjective and ambiguous. Drawing on recent historiographic critiques of the archive, the paper argues that the constructedness of archival crime sources and close responsive reading and interpretation of these sources can validate, even demand, of historians the use of nuanced fictive writing practices that eloquently express the complexity of the crimes, the killers, the victims, the societies that created them and the intricacies and truths of the sources that contained them. As well as iconic examples from the literature, the paper examines my own research and writing about two very different murder trials from Perth, Western Australia, one already published, the other a work in progress. The trials of Martha Rendell and Audrey Jacob bookend sixteen years of Perth history from 1909 to 1925 when expectations and representations of women’s gender roles in Perth changed dramatically, producing very different outcomes for the women. The archival sources for each case determine the contrastive structures and styles for developing the resulting works of scholarly crime prose fiction.' (Publication abstract)
Black Pepper Press : Spice and Grit Margaret Bradstock , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 5 no. 1 2015; (p. 110-121)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; The Forest Set Out Like the Night John Anderson 1995 single work poetry ; Eldershaw Stephen Edgar 2012 selected work poetry ; Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar 2014 selected work poetry ; Paths of Flight Luke Fischer 2013 selected work poetry ; Folly and Grief Jennifer Harrison 2006 selected work poetry ; Colombine : New and Selected Poems Jennifer Harrison 2010 selected work poetry ; Wimmera Homer Manfred Rieth 2009 selected work poetry ; Woodsmoke Todd Turner 2013 selected work poetry
Beyond Facts and Accuracies : Long Form Poetry as Biographical Method Jessica Wilkinson , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , December vol. 4 no. 2 2014;
'This paper addresses long form poetry as non-fiction medium—specifically as biographical medium—discussing examples by writers such as Jordie Albiston, Susan Howe and Lyn Hejinian, to consider the diversity of ways in which poets are writing/documenting the lives of historical figures. My aim is to demonstrate how poetic biographies can extend our representations of these characters into new dimensions, using poetic play—the line, metaphor, frisson, juxtaposition, space and rhythm—to convey aspects of character and experience in innovative and exciting ways. I propose an extension of non-fiction writing into the poetic form as a way towards addressing historical inaccuracies and aporias, thus not only opening a space for the representation of marginal voices, but offering new frameworks for life writing.' (Publication abstract)
Interview with Jordie Albiston Kate Middleton (interviewer), 2001 single work interview
— Appears in: Famous Reporter , December no. 24 2001; (p. 41-49)
Something Is Always Ushering Us : Recent Australian Poetry Alan Gould , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 44 no. 3 2000; (p. 66-71)
Untitled Karen Attard , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , no. 6-7 2000; (p. 38-39)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
'Cliff Hanging' and 'Gliding' Judy Johnson , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ulitarra , no. 15 1999; (p. 144-148)
Characters of Life Gig Ryan , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 April 1999; (p. 9)

— Review of The Impossible : and other poems R. A. Simpson 1998 selected work poetry ; The Genius of Human Imperfection Jack Hibberd 1998 selected work poetry ; The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
A Grim and Rough Story Dorothy Hewett , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 210 1999; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
The Strange Life of Jean Lee Geoff Page , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 April 1999; (p. 23)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Untitled Bev Braune , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Heat , no. 12 1999; (p. 245-252)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; What a Piece of Work Dorothy Porter 1999 single work novel
Dangerous Women Ron Pretty , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Scarp , June no. 34 1999; (p. 67-68)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; Lilith's Mirror Yve Louis 1999 selected work poetry
Verse in Review: Two Hands, Clapping... John Knight , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , July vol. 18 no. 3 1999; (p. 81-82)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; Facing the Pacific Michael Sariban 1999 selected work poetry ; Everything Holy M. T. C. Cronin 1998 selected work poetry ; Infinite City : 100 Sonnetinas Alex Skovron 1999 selected work poetry ; Aerial Photography Joanne Burns 1999 selected work poetry
Untitled Bernadette Power , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: New England Review , Winter no. 10 1999; (p. 18,20)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Poetry as History Dipti Saravanamuttu , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 156 1999; (p. 101-102)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Untitled David Wood , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , vol. 11 no. 3 1999; (p. 134-137)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; Facing the Pacific Michael Sariban 1999 selected work poetry ; Everything Holy M. T. C. Cronin 1998 selected work poetry
Poets Struggle with Experience Julian Croft , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 13 no. 2 1999; (p. 129-130)

— Review of The Genius of Human Imperfection Jack Hibberd 1998 selected work poetry ; The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Jason Sweeney on The Hanging of Jean Lee Jason Sweeney , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Sidewalk , (Summer) no. 2 (p. 28-29)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Don't Play Games, I Want to Be Woken Up Rebecca Edwards , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , October vol. 25 no. 2 1998; (p. 97-100)

— Review of The Impossible : and other poems R. A. Simpson 1998 selected work poetry ; Songs of the Last Chinese Poet Yu Ouyang 1997 sequence poetry ; Out of the Fast Lane Mal Morgan 1998 selected work poetry ; Surface Tension Debbie Westbury 1998 selected work poetry ; The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
The Hanging of Jean Lee Shane Rowlands , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 57 no. 4 1998; (p. 843-845)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Don't Play Games, I Want to Be Woken Up Rebecca Edwards , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , October vol. 25 no. 2 1998; (p. 97-100)

— Review of The Impossible : and other poems R. A. Simpson 1998 selected work poetry ; Songs of the Last Chinese Poet Yu Ouyang 1997 sequence poetry ; Out of the Fast Lane Mal Morgan 1998 selected work poetry ; Surface Tension Debbie Westbury 1998 selected work poetry ; The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Characters of Life Gig Ryan , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 April 1999; (p. 9)

— Review of The Impossible : and other poems R. A. Simpson 1998 selected work poetry ; The Genius of Human Imperfection Jack Hibberd 1998 selected work poetry ; The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
The Hanging of Jean Lee Shane Rowlands , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 57 no. 4 1998; (p. 843-845)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
A Grim and Rough Story Dorothy Hewett , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 210 1999; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
The Strange Life of Jean Lee Geoff Page , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 April 1999; (p. 23)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Untitled Bev Braune , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Heat , no. 12 1999; (p. 245-252)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; What a Piece of Work Dorothy Porter 1999 single work novel
Dangerous Women Ron Pretty , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Scarp , June no. 34 1999; (p. 67-68)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; Lilith's Mirror Yve Louis 1999 selected work poetry
Verse in Review: Two Hands, Clapping... John Knight , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , July vol. 18 no. 3 1999; (p. 81-82)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; Facing the Pacific Michael Sariban 1999 selected work poetry ; Everything Holy M. T. C. Cronin 1998 selected work poetry ; Infinite City : 100 Sonnetinas Alex Skovron 1999 selected work poetry ; Aerial Photography Joanne Burns 1999 selected work poetry
Untitled Bernadette Power , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: New England Review , Winter no. 10 1999; (p. 18,20)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Poetry as History Dipti Saravanamuttu , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 156 1999; (p. 101-102)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Untitled David Wood , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , vol. 11 no. 3 1999; (p. 134-137)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; Facing the Pacific Michael Sariban 1999 selected work poetry ; Everything Holy M. T. C. Cronin 1998 selected work poetry
Untitled Karen Attard , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , no. 6-7 2000; (p. 38-39)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Poets Struggle with Experience Julian Croft , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 13 no. 2 1999; (p. 129-130)

— Review of The Genius of Human Imperfection Jack Hibberd 1998 selected work poetry ; The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Jason Sweeney on The Hanging of Jean Lee Jason Sweeney , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Sidewalk , (Summer) no. 2 (p. 28-29)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel
Black Pepper Press : Spice and Grit Margaret Bradstock , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 5 no. 1 2015; (p. 110-121)

— Review of The Hanging of Jean Lee Jordie Albiston 1998 single work novel ; The Forest Set Out Like the Night John Anderson 1995 single work poetry ; Eldershaw Stephen Edgar 2012 selected work poetry ; Exhibits of the Sun Stephen Edgar 2014 selected work poetry ; Paths of Flight Luke Fischer 2013 selected work poetry ; Folly and Grief Jennifer Harrison 2006 selected work poetry ; Colombine : New and Selected Poems Jennifer Harrison 2010 selected work poetry ; Wimmera Homer Manfred Rieth 2009 selected work poetry ; Woodsmoke Todd Turner 2013 selected work poetry
'Cliff Hanging' and 'Gliding' Judy Johnson , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ulitarra , no. 15 1999; (p. 144-148)
Something Is Always Ushering Us : Recent Australian Poetry Alan Gould , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 44 no. 3 2000; (p. 66-71)
Interview with Jordie Albiston Kate Middleton (interviewer), 2001 single work interview
— Appears in: Famous Reporter , December no. 24 2001; (p. 41-49)
Somewhere between Fiction and Non-fiction: New Approaches to Writing Crime Histories Anna Haebich , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , April no. 28 2015;
'This paper explores innovative ways of writing across the borders between fiction and non-fiction in crime histories and examines how crime sources can actively encourage writing that is imaginative, subjective and ambiguous. Drawing on recent historiographic critiques of the archive, the paper argues that the constructedness of archival crime sources and close responsive reading and interpretation of these sources can validate, even demand, of historians the use of nuanced fictive writing practices that eloquently express the complexity of the crimes, the killers, the victims, the societies that created them and the intricacies and truths of the sources that contained them. As well as iconic examples from the literature, the paper examines my own research and writing about two very different murder trials from Perth, Western Australia, one already published, the other a work in progress. The trials of Martha Rendell and Audrey Jacob bookend sixteen years of Perth history from 1909 to 1925 when expectations and representations of women’s gender roles in Perth changed dramatically, producing very different outcomes for the women. The archival sources for each case determine the contrastive structures and styles for developing the resulting works of scholarly crime prose fiction.' (Publication abstract)
Beyond Facts and Accuracies : Long Form Poetry as Biographical Method Jessica Wilkinson , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , December vol. 4 no. 2 2014;
'This paper addresses long form poetry as non-fiction medium—specifically as biographical medium—discussing examples by writers such as Jordie Albiston, Susan Howe and Lyn Hejinian, to consider the diversity of ways in which poets are writing/documenting the lives of historical figures. My aim is to demonstrate how poetic biographies can extend our representations of these characters into new dimensions, using poetic play—the line, metaphor, frisson, juxtaposition, space and rhythm—to convey aspects of character and experience in innovative and exciting ways. I propose an extension of non-fiction writing into the poetic form as a way towards addressing historical inaccuracies and aporias, thus not only opening a space for the representation of marginal voices, but offering new frameworks for life writing.' (Publication abstract)
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