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'[This novel] is an imagined re-creation of Harriet Chandler, a minor character in Australian writer Murray Bail's 1987 novel Holden's performace.' –abstract, p. iii.

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    y separately published work icon Harriet Chandler Moya Costello , Adelaide : University of Adelaide , 2005 7562593 2005 selected work thesis

    'The thesis, 'Harriet Chandler', a study in (inter)textuality, is made up of the Major Creative Work and Critical Essay. The Major Creative Work is an imagined re-creation of Harriet Chandler, a minor character in Australian writer Murray Bail's 1987 novel Holden's Performance. The work of intertextuality includes both homage to the predecessor and the creation of something new. The thesis (re)considers Harriet Chandler's life before, during and after her contact with Holden Shadbolt, the eponymous (anti)hero of Bail's novel, with the aim of figuring and foregrounding the female and feminine, even the feminist, art work and cultural practice, conviviality and contestation, colour, movement, a becoming. Harriet Chandler represents mutability in her polio-stricken body, her art practice and her living at Manly Beach on the coastline of Sydney's harbour. The work is playful in its intertexual strategies and innovative in its hybrid writing practice. The tone varies from the comic to the serious; language varies from abstraction and the poetic to the ordinary and everyday; and genres and discourses include fiction, history, nature writing and auto/biography. The Critical Essay considers the coastline and the veranda as physical manifestations of in-between spaces, and innovative writing practice and intertextuality as textual strategies of the liminal which is characterised by the potential for change.' (Thesis summary)

    Adelaide : University of Adelaide , 2005
    • Clunes, Bexhill - Federal area, Lismore area, Far Northeast NSW, New South Wales,: Short Odds Publications , 2014 .
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      Extent: 187p.
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      • Publication Date: 1 January 2014
      ISBN: 9780646921211

Works about this Work

In the Swash Zone Nicholas Jose , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , February 2016; The Australian Face : Essays from the Sydney Review of Books 2017; (p. 194-204)

— Review of Harriet Chandler Moya Costello , 2005 single work novella

'Harriet Chandler didn’t make it onto the list of best novels of 2015 as far as I know. That may be because it was published in 2014, when it didn’t make the list either, or because its author, Moya Costello, calls it a ‘novella’, in her own redefinition of the term as a short, intense mix of ‘prose poem and prose fiction’, rather than a novel as such. At any rate, its appearance escaped notice, like some shy bush animal. The closest I can find to a reference in the mainstream media is Xu Qin’s piece in Shanghai Daily, ‘Profile of an inspiring woman’. Harriet Chandler is the first book from Short Odds Publications, another avatar of the author, whose act of self-publishing may also have got in the way. As Anna Couani explains, Costello, like herself, was ‘in the Sydney Women Writers’ Workshop (aka The No Regrets Group) in the 70’s and 80’s … [and] shared the feminist values of the group’ which included, in Costello’s words, ‘a radical critique of the industry context of their creative work’. Taking the means of production and dissemination into your own hands through self-publication is a logical extension of this spirit in technologically as well as politically changed times. It throws a spanner into the established system of book marketing and promotional recognition. The Prime Minister’s Literary Award, for example, makes it explicit that ‘self-published books are not eligible’, even if to self-publish successfully requires a high degree of editorial, design and book-producing skills, collaboratively integrated, as well as the writing talent.' (Introduction)

Accomplished, Innovative & Hybrid : Anna Couani Reviews ‘Harriet Chandler’ by Moya Costello Anna Couani , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , October - December no. 16 2015;

— Review of Harriet Chandler Moya Costello , 2005 single work novella
‘She Had Her Plants’ Julienne Van Loon , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , April vol. 19 no. 1 2015;

— Review of Harriet Chandler Moya Costello , 2005 single work novella
‘She Had Her Plants’ Julienne Van Loon , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , April vol. 19 no. 1 2015;

— Review of Harriet Chandler Moya Costello , 2005 single work novella
Accomplished, Innovative & Hybrid : Anna Couani Reviews ‘Harriet Chandler’ by Moya Costello Anna Couani , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , October - December no. 16 2015;

— Review of Harriet Chandler Moya Costello , 2005 single work novella
In the Swash Zone Nicholas Jose , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , February 2016; The Australian Face : Essays from the Sydney Review of Books 2017; (p. 194-204)

— Review of Harriet Chandler Moya Costello , 2005 single work novella

'Harriet Chandler didn’t make it onto the list of best novels of 2015 as far as I know. That may be because it was published in 2014, when it didn’t make the list either, or because its author, Moya Costello, calls it a ‘novella’, in her own redefinition of the term as a short, intense mix of ‘prose poem and prose fiction’, rather than a novel as such. At any rate, its appearance escaped notice, like some shy bush animal. The closest I can find to a reference in the mainstream media is Xu Qin’s piece in Shanghai Daily, ‘Profile of an inspiring woman’. Harriet Chandler is the first book from Short Odds Publications, another avatar of the author, whose act of self-publishing may also have got in the way. As Anna Couani explains, Costello, like herself, was ‘in the Sydney Women Writers’ Workshop (aka The No Regrets Group) in the 70’s and 80’s … [and] shared the feminist values of the group’ which included, in Costello’s words, ‘a radical critique of the industry context of their creative work’. Taking the means of production and dissemination into your own hands through self-publication is a logical extension of this spirit in technologically as well as politically changed times. It throws a spanner into the established system of book marketing and promotional recognition. The Prime Minister’s Literary Award, for example, makes it explicit that ‘self-published books are not eligible’, even if to self-publish successfully requires a high degree of editorial, design and book-producing skills, collaboratively integrated, as well as the writing talent.' (Introduction)

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