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1 Adaptation for the Postcolonial Community : Jindabyne’s Contested Spaces Renate Brosch , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Anglia : Zeitschrift fur Englische Philologie , October vol. 130 no. 3 2012; (p. 364–377)
'In this article, I discuss the Australian film Jindabyne, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's short story "So Much Water So Close to Home". Starting from the premise of contemporary adaptation studies, that such remediations should not be judged on the basis of fidelity to the literary source, I argue that the achievement of Jindabyne lies in its very deviations from the text. By transporting the story to an Australian setting, the film introduces the issue of interracial relations into the narrative and thus adds a postcolonial dimension to the story. Instead of focusing on individual psychology and the marital problems of a couple, the film shifts the focus to the social effects of the denial of historical culpability on the part of white Australians. I investigate the techniques and strategies which produce interest in a small-town community burdened with the continuing heritage of colonial injustice, especially the film's use of visual images as a means of transnational appeal. Images of borders and border-crossings express its engagement with interracial proximity and conflict. In my response-oriented interpretation I hope to show how the movie succeeds in enlisting the participation of viewers and uniting them into a temporary "imaginary community" with a postcolonial agenda.' Renate Brosch.
1 Response to the Article 'The Role of the Reader in Peter Carey's and Frank Moorhouse's 1970s Short Stories' by Valentina Adami in Anglistik 20.2 Renate Brosch , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Anglistik , September vol. 21 no. 2 2010; (p. 181-185)
1 Vernacular Landscape : Narrative Space in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang Renate Brosch , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Word and Image in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures. 2009;

'Peter Carey said he was inspired to write his novel True History of the Kelly Gang (2000) by an exhibition of Kelly paintings in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art byt the famous Australian modernist Sidney Nolan. Nolan (1912-83) was one of the first Australian painters to achieve international recognition. Thus the story of the bushranger Ned Kelly, which had provoked an upsurge of anti-British national feeling in the nineteenth century, became the means of achieving international acclaim by Nolan in the mid-twentieth century and was used again for an international success by a New York-based, acclaimed (Booker Prize 2001) Australian writer at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This continuity of interest and its widening reception is remarkable not just as individual success story but as an instance of visual globalization or migrating images. Carey, I will argue, developed certain visual strategies in his fictional narrative inspired by Nolan's series which allowed him to make the Australian imaginary connected with Kelly available to a larger international audience.' (p 179)

1 Kate Grenville, The Secret River Renate Brosch , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Novels 2008; (p. 227-244)
1 Narrative Failure and the Mock-Resurrection of an Australian Legend Renate Brosch , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: A History of Postcolonial Literature in 12 1/2 Books 2007; (p. 71-87)