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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Australian Studies – Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Australian Studies in China
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Fringe to Famous : Bohemians, Entrepreneurs, Audiences and the Enabling State, Tony Moore , Mark Gibson , single work criticism
'Since the 1980s, there has been an increasingly fertile cross-over between 'alternative' arts practice and popular culture industries. Yet this cross-over between what Pierre Bourdieu called the market of limited and extensive production is not new, and a recent historical study of Australian bohemia by this article's co-author, identified a long tradition stretching back to the nineteenth century of creative practitioners circulating between small scale experimental initiatives in art and culture and the mainstream publishing, design, cinema, broadcasting and other cultural industries. The paper considers how this circulation between markets has been important for Australia's creative economy as an 'innovation system' and its contributed to the 'national dreaming' and other diverse forms of identity. In the context of the Federal Government's 2013 Creative Australia national cultural policy, the paper outlines a larger research project of identifying the institutional relationships and policy settings, which favour or inhibit translations for the margins to the mainstream, from fringe to famous.' (20)
(p. 20-34)
Patrick White Studies in China : A Survey and Some Reflections, Zhengfa Chen , single work criticism
'The Australian literary giant, 1973 Novel Prize winner Patrick White, has been a most favourite subject of study with the Chinese scholars in related field. since he was first introduced into this country in the early 1980s, remarkable achievements have been made, probing from different angles and covering various aspects. A necessary review, however, reveals certain weaknesses or maybe problems behind the flush, such as the imbalance and overlapping of research due to the lack of proper mapping or too much spontaneity, the mechanical application of theories, sheer extolment and questionable propriety of research contents, etc.. For a desired wholesome development, it is advised that proper guidance be provided so that shortcoming can be overcome and the overall quality of research guaranteed. ' (205-206)
(p. 73-78)
Note: With title: Patrick White Studies in China : A Review and Some Reflections
Australian Literature a Perspective of the Ecology of Literature, Diao Keli , single work criticism
'As a definition, the ecology of the literature is a study of the making and being of literature, it refers to not only the outside environment of literature, including the social, cultural and historical context, but also the constituent elements of literature, such as the writer, the text, the translator and the reader. It emphasizes the interplay of these elements that make literature come into being, as well as the developing rules of literature itself. Australian literature serves well as a case study of the ecology of literature. The making of Australian literature is the construction of constant opening and expansive nationalism. The making of the Australian writer is a process of tracing a tie with the past, establish an identity, and utter a voice of his own, and find a location in a new territory and world.' (79)
(p. 79-85)
Nature Writ Large : Eco-Interpretation of Patrick White's Novels, Xiang Lan , single work criticism
'This article seeks to reveal how Patrick White's ecological aesthetic sense is developed progressively in his major works. If we read his works in green fro the ecological content we can see nature writ large in series of his novels: The Tree of Man, a man's poetic dream of life in the bush is destroyed by the devastating effects of urban expansion; Voss, an ego-centric German's conquest of nature causes his failure and death in the Australian outback; in A Fringe of Leaves, a young woman's true nature is presented and when she is precipitated into the primitive, savage natural world she finds "the hero within" herself.' (86)
(p. 86-97)
Elizabeth Jolley's Life Experience's Influence on Her Literary Creation, Zhang Geping , single work criticism
'Elisabeth Jolley is an internationally famous Australian woman writer. At the age of fifty three, Jolley published her first novel. Her novel The Well won Miles Franklin Prize which was the highest literary award in Australia. Jolley's literary creation and her life experience are inseparable. Her life is full of ups and downs; her bumpy life promotes her literary creation, and her literary career is full of countless obstacles and setbacks. In spite of all these, she reaches her peak of literary creation after she overcomes the insurmountable hardships. Jolley conquers obstacles in life and grows into an internationally well-known writer. This paper intends to explore Jolley's life experience and its influence on her literary creation. The study of her life experience and its influences on her literary creation is of great significance to in-depth interpretation of Joney's literary works.' (98)
(p. 98-101)
Interpretation of Academic Fiction in Britain, America and Australia, Zhang Rongsheng , Ding Wei , single work criticism
'As a literary genre, academic fiction has emerged in recent years as one of the most popular modes for satirizing the cultural conflicts and sociological nuances inherent in campus life. Well-known academic novels include Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim and David Lodge's Small World in Britain; Saul Bellow's Herzog; Nabokov's Pnin in America; Michael Wilding's Academia Nuts and Elizabeth Jolley's The Sugar Mother in Australia. From a global point of view, this paper aims to explore the development of academic fiction in Britain, America as well as Australia. Academic novels are often comic or satirical, often counterpointing intellectual pretensions and human weaknesses. Some, however, attempt a serious treatment of university life. Academic fiction develops at a rapid speed in the 20th century and has become an indispensable and distinct genre of literature worldwide.' (102)
(p. 102-109)
On Australian Dream and Difficulties for Australians to Realize It – Take the Movie Crocodile Dundee (1986) as a Case, Wei Xutao , single work criticism

'The function of movies lies in its reflection of society. Crocodile Dundee (1986) as a famous Australia movie adapted from a real story, wonderfully demonstrated the difficulties that Aboriginal Australians, or Aborigines, confronted in trying to have their cultural traditions and independent identity respected in [the] modern world, which can be extended to a spirit of all Australians and regarded as part of their 'Australian Dream', under the powerful impact of US-oriented cultural imperialism. By analyzing the movie as well as its reflection on this subject, the thesis suggests what solution progressive Australian forces should take if she hopes to fulfill Australian Dream successfully.' (110)

(p. 110-116)
'Their Own Voices' – On the Hybrid Construction of Aboriginality in Carpentaria, Zhan Chunjuan , single work criticism
'Carpentaria is a book in which Alexis Wright describes the tense relationship between Aborigines and white settlers. Through the description of their fierce struggle, she extols the Aborigines' love of the land and their close bond with nature and their culture. this paper first explores the diverse relationships that aboriginal people have to handle with, then moves to a discussion of different textual forms and their roles in building up their voices and last of all, focuses on the strategies used by Wright to counter against the invasion of colonism [sic] in many ways. Through all these hybrid structures and features, Wright gives the voices of their own and suggests the possibility of constructing the Aboriginal identity in the modern setting.' (117)
(p. 117-122)
Becoming Indigenous : A Comparative Analysis of Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves and Gail Jones' Sorry, Xing Chunli , single work criticism
'Drawing on Deleuze's concept of 'becoming', this paper explores the indigenizing processes of the two female protagonists in Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves and Gail Jones' Sorry, respectively. Becoming-indigenous, as one form of becoming-minor, serves as an escape, a line of flight from the dominant molar lines of the majority, which, in these two novels, are represented b the binary oppositions of the white settlers and the Aboriginal people. The process of indigenization represents the white settlers' search for the possibility of white indigeneity, the potential for the white settlers' belonging within the land. Though focusing on different historical periods, the former on first contact, the latter on the assimilation period, both of the novels adopted the strategy of becoming as a counter-narrative and subverted the dominant European discourses, accommodating the spiritual needs of a young Australian in its continual urge towards self-definition.' (123)
(p. 123-131)
From Conquest to Collapse : Ecological Thoughts in the Depiction of Wheatbelt in Cloudstreet and Dirt Music, Xu Xianjing , single work criticism
This paper is an analysis of Tim Winton's depiction of wheat land in the novels Cloudstreet and Dirt Music.
(p. 132-145)

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