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Born: Established: 1951 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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1 Between Two Worlds : The Stories of Serge Liberman Richard Freadman , 2019 single work biography
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 26 2019; (p. 33-35)

'Serge Liberman, who died in December 2017, was an important and highly distinctive Australian ethnic writer. His short stories, including the posthumously published The Storyteller, conduct what is in effect a conversation between two worlds: that of post-Enlightenment rationality, on the one hand, and that of the magical, the folkloric, the Hassidic, imagination of the shtetl, on the other. Liberman’s profound tragic sense does not preclude the possibility of human redemption through empathy, compassion and imaginative inspiration.'  (Publication abstract)

1 1 y separately published work icon Stepladder to Hindsight : An Almost Memoir Richard Freadman , Ormond : Hybrid , 2016 12016074 2016 single work autobiography

'Stepladder to Hindsight is about a fascinating man who has reached a turning point in his life and looks back. In this work, renowned academic and life-writer Richard Freadman turns the pen on himself, producing an immensely compelling narrative of his life.   Elegant and richly self-aware, Stepladder to Hindsight gives us unbridled access to a complex life and a unique mind. Within these pages you will find humour and tragedy, peppered with astute literary commentary and philosophical musings. This 'almost memoir' is fiercely intelligent and so addictively personal that it is hard to put down.   What the critics said: "...an eloquent book, a unique combination of compelling storytelling, searching reflection, with an extraordinary range of mood and style - an original take on the art of life writing." - Arnold Zable  ' (Publication summary)

1 Clancy Departs Dog Eat Bone World : Richard Freadman Remembers Laurie Clancy Richard Freadman , 2014 single work autobiography
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 4 2014;

'One of my first sightings of Laurie was in a framed photo in the old Eagle Bar at La Trobe University. Entitled ‘The Coach,’ the photo featured a young and rather fit-looking Captain Coach addressing his players at the quarter or three-quarter time break. The players, it has to be said, look completely uninterested in proceedings; but according to the picture’s caption Laurie is pulling out all the rhetorical stops. The caption reads:

Senior Lecturer in English Laurie Clancy urges on the football team in mid-1969 with accounts of existentialism and the thinking of Kierkegarrd.'

(Author's introduction)

1 3 y separately published work icon Jovial Harbinger of Doom : The Short Stories of Laurie Clancy Laurie Clancy , Richard Freadman (editor), Port Adelaide : Ginninderra Press , 2014 7919728 2014 selected work short story

'A master of melancholic wit, Laurie Clancy was one of Australia's most versatile short story writers. If realism was his artistic staple, he had a genius for farce and the mock-heroic, and was remarkably adept at magic realism, postmodern experimentation and the fiction of ideas. Equally at home in the pub, the seminar room, literary journals and the columns of daily newspapers, Clancy was a wickedly astute but compassionate and ultimately good-humoured guide to the vagaries of the human heart, both at home and abroad. This posthumous selection shows him in his pomp as a practitioner of fiction's shorter forms.' (Publication summary)

1 Clinging to the Shreds of the Self : Life Writing and Illness in Inga Clendinnen's 'Tiger's Eye' Richard Freadman , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , October vol. 9 no. 4 2012; (p. 377-390)
Inga Clendinnen's Tiger's Eye is a brilliant, if conflicted, work of what I term 'illness life writing' (as opposed to the scientistic terms 'pathography' or 'autopathography'). In fact, no single generic descriptor can do justice to this text, which comprises elements of illness and survival writing, memoir, autobiography, fiction, narrative history, confession and Kunsterroman. As its title suggests, the book exudes a tigerish, agential tenacity; a refusal to succumb to life-threatening illness and its attacks on psychological and physical selfhood. Writing, both before and after the major illness, is fundamental to Clendinnen's agential response, and indeed this survivor narrative claims not only that writing helped to save the author but that illness helped her to become a writer. This later claim, which is never fully clarified, provides the Kunsterroman dimension, though, curiously, the whole issue of 'becoming' itself becomes clouded late in the book where Clendinnen seems to repudiate confessional - indeed all autobiographical - writing and to see the self, especially the agential self, as a fragmentary fiction. This quasi-postmodern view sits uneasily with much of what has come before, and indeed with some of Clendinnen's pronouncements as an internationally acclaimed historian. The essay, which also considers gender issues and the book's shifting account of the mind/body relation, concludes by inquiring what responsibilities survivor illness life writers have to their readers. [Author's abstract]
1 'Gentleness My Strong Enforcement' : The Ethos of Gentleness in 'East of Time' and 'Sunrise West' Richard Freadman , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Singing for All He's Worth : Essays in Honour of Jacob G. Rosenberg 2011; (p. 113-137)
1 Journey without End Richard Freadman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 324 2010; (p. 35-36)

— Review of Zwishn Himl un Waser Herz Bergner , 1946 single work novel
1 Nothing without a 'But' Richard Freadman , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 315 2009; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Hollow Tree Jacob G. Rosenberg , 2009 single work novel
1 Once Tortured, Forever Tortured: Testimony and Autobiography in Jacob Rosenberg's 'East of Time' and 'Sunrise West' Richard Freadman , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Partial Answers : Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas , vol. 7 no. 2 2009; (p. 279-298)
'It is often assumed that Testimony and Autobiography are clearly distinct genres. On this view Testimony conveys eye-witness reports of particular tragic events, whether momentary or of longer duration (e.g. years in a concentration camp), while Autobiography is seen as more chronologically extended and more introspective. However, since many Holocaust narratives incorporate 'testimony' into a larger life narrative which, among other things, traces the psychological effects of trauma in later years, it seems reasonable to see Testimony, at least in some instances, as an aspect of Autobiography. As always, such generic markers should be seen as heuristic indicators, not as inflexible taxonomic categories. Most serious writers agentially deploy, develop and combine generic possibilities. One such writer is Jacob G. Rosenberg, Australia's finest Jewish autobiographer and a world class figure in Holocaust writing. Born into a Bundist family in Lodz in 1922, Rosenberg is the author of two award-winning autobiographical volumes, East of Time (2005) and Sunrise West (2007), that narrate his life in the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz and Ebensee, and Australia. His is a hybrid art fusing scriptural and folk materials with influences from Yiddish literature and Western modernity. His signature technique -- the imaginatively charged vignette -- is equally attuned to the description of horror and of redemptive, sometimes visionary, enchantment. Though the psychological dimension of his writing owes more to Yiddish sources than to Freudian modernity, his tracing of trauma's aftermath down the years constitutes full-blown autobiographical writing which powerfully incorporates and extends the act of testimony. Rosenberg writes: 'Once you have been tortured, you are forever tortured.''
1 Keep It Strange Richard Freadman , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 308 2009; (p. 50)

— Review of Autographs : 56 Poems in Prose Alex Skovron , 2006 selected work poetry
1 Teaching Non-Fictional Prose in Melbourne and Hong Kong Richard Freadman , 2008 single work
— Appears in: a/b : Auto/Biography Studies , vol. 23 no. 1 2008; (p. 96-122)
1 Teaching Contemporary Australian Autobiography Richard Freadman , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Life Writing Texts 2007; (p. 208-213)
1 9 y separately published work icon This Crazy Thing a Life : Australian Jewish Autobiography Richard Freadman , Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2007 Z1428800 2007 selected work criticism

'Jews have been in Australia since the First Fleet. They have come from many lands; some in relative comfort, others in utter destitution. Their stories of survival, arrival, adaptation and participation constitute one of multicultural Australia's great ethnic narratives. Australian Jews have written about three hundred book-length autobiographies. Richard Freadman's remarkable This Crazy Thing a Life: Australian Jewish Autobiography is the first ever comprehensive study of this large, varied and fascinating body of work.

The autobiographies range from humble self-published monographs to acclaimed narratives by professional writers like Lily Brett, Jacob Rosenberg and Arnold Zable. Freadman offers superbly nuanced readings of major works. He also surveys the field as a whole, tracing demographic trends, recurrent themes, the impact of the Holocaust, and issues of gender, genre, testimony, truth-telling and literary value. There are accessible discussions of humanist and postmodern approaches to Holocaust memoir, migrant narrative and ethnic minority writing, together with background information about Judaism and the Australian Jewish diaspora. The final section of the book is an anthology of short excerpts featuring both renowned and lesser-known writers.

Written for a general audience, this rich and impassioned book makes an important contribution to our understanding of Australian Jewish lives, and of Australian lives more generally.' -- Cover blurb.

1 The Bonds of Civility Cut Asunder: Arnold Zable as Post-Holocaust Life Writer Richard Freadman , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Biography , Winter vol. 28 no. 1 2005; (p. 117-129)
1 Recognition and Autobiography Richard Freadman , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Partial Answers : Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas , Winter vol. 3 no. 1 2005; (p. 133-161)
1 Agnostic's Kaddish Creates Literary Masterpiece Richard Freadman , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish news , 2 September vol. 71 no. 50 2005; (p. 20)

— Review of East of Time Jacob G. Rosenberg , 2005 single work autobiography
1 Sweet and Savage Stories Guide My Hand Richard Freadman , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 1 July vol. 71 no. 41 2005; (p. 19)

— Review of Memory Guide My Hand : An Anthology of Autobiographical Writing by Members of the Melbourne Jewish Community 1998-2007 anthology autobiography
1 Ultimate Values Richard Freadman , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 272 2005; (p. 40-41)

— Review of The Moral of the Story : An Anthology of Ethics Through Literature 2005 anthology essay drama novel short story poetry
1 Untitled Richard Freadman , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 82 2004; (p. 133-135)

— Review of Translating One's Self : Language and Selfhood in Cross-Cultural Autobiography Mary Besemeres , 2002 single work criticism
1 Generational Shifts in Post-Holocaust Australian Jewish Autobiography Richard Freadman , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , vol. 1 no. 1 2004; (p. 21-44)
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