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Vivienne Muller Vivienne Muller i(A28923 works by)
Born: Established: 1950 ;
Gender: Female
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1 'When Everything Old is New Again' : Class, Consumerism and Masculinity in Alasdair Duncan's Metro Vivienne Muller , Penny Holliday , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , December vol. 33 no. 4 2009; (p. 431-443)
'Alasdair Duncan's narrative Metro, set in Brisbane in the early twenty-first century, focuses on Liam, an unapologetically self-styled white 'upper middle-class brat' whose sense of place and identity is firmly mapped by spatial and economic co-ordinates. This article considers the linkages between spatiality and identity in Duncan's narrative, as well as the ways in which traditional, hegemonic (heterosexual) forms of masculinity are re-invigorated in the enactment of an upper middle-class script of success, privilege and consumerism. It argues that the safeguarding of these hegemonic forms of masculine identity involves strategies of spatial and bodily expression underpinned by conspicuous consumption, relegating other forms of sexual identity to an exploitable periphery. (p. 431)
1 [Review] The Comfort of Figs Vivienne Muller , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Queensland Review , vol. 15 no. 2 2008; (p. 128-130)

— Review of The Comfort of Figs Simon Cleary , 2008 single work novel
1 Lost Children and Imaginary Mothers in Sonya Hartnett's Of a Boy Vivienne Muller , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 34 no. 1 2008; (p. 159-174) Mother-Texts : Narratives and Counter-Narratives 2010; (p. 1-18)
'In Powers of Horror, Julia Kristeva writes about lost children. These are what she calls 'dejects', who, in the psychodrama of subject formation, fail to fully absent the body of the mother, to accept the Law of the Father and the Symbolic, and subsequently to establish 'clear boundaries which constitute the object-world for normal subjects'. Dejects are 'strays' looking for a place to belong, a place that is bound up with the Imaginary mother of the pre-Oedipal period. Kristeva's sketch of the deject as one who is unable to negotiate a proper path to the Symbolic is useful to a reading of Hartnett's Of a Boy (2002), a novel that also deals with lost children and imaginary mothers. However, in its portrayal of children who are doomed never to achieve adulthood, Of a Boy enacts a haunting retrieval of the pre-Oedipal from the dark side of phallocentric representation, privileging the semiotic (Kristeva's concept) and the maternal as necessary disruptive checks on a patriarchal Symbolic Order. In reading the narrative in this way, this essay does not seek to foreclose on other interpretations which may more fully illuminate the material and historical contexts in which Hartnett's stories of abandoned and lost mothers and children are activated. Rather, by examining the text using an aspect of psychoanalytic literary criticism, this essay acknowledges the centrality of the psycho-social to Hartnett's delineation of the child subject in her narrative projects.' (Author's abstract)
1 "I Have My Own History" : Queensland Women Writers from 1939 to the Present Vivienne Muller , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , November vol. 8 no. 2 2001; (p. 69-89)
'It has become a commonplace to note that women writers in Australia have historically produced their work in a literary and social context that has largely been regarded as a male domain. Second wave feminism in the wake of the counter-cultural movements of the sixties and seventies, together with the developments in poststructuralist theories have contested this privileged intellectual space and triggered new ways of looking at literary history, the relations between production and consumption, and the significance of gender, race and class in literary analysis (Ferrier 1992: 1). This chapter deals with a number of texts written by Queensland women in the latter part of the twentieth century, and thus is concerned principally with the many 'configurations of female subjectivity' (Ferrier 1998:210) and self-definition that Elaine Showalter saw as belonging to the third phase of women's writing. However as this is a chapter about women writers writing in and about Queensland, it will also be interested in narrative representations of women's experiences of the local place and culture, in which gendered relationships are always implicated.' (Introduction)
1 `To the Island': Myths of Identity and Belonging in Andrew McGahan's `1988' Vivienne Muller , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Land and Identity : Proceedings of the 1997 Conference Held at The University of New England Armidale New South Wales 27-30 September 1997 1998; (p. 31-36)
1 An Interview with Rosie Scott Vivienne Muller (interviewer), 1998 single work interview biography
— Appears in: Southerly , Summer vol. 58 no. 4 1998-1999; (p. 30-41)
1 The Mary Gilmore Award for a First Collection of Poetry [Judges Report] Sharyn Pearce , Vivienne Muller , Patrick Buckridge , Philip Neilsen , 1997 single work column
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , October no. 39 1997; (p. 18)
1 Love, Lust, Life and Landscape : Writing about Brisbane in the Last Twenty Years Vivienne Muller , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , April vol. 4 no. 1 1997; (p. 12-17)
1 Untitled Vivienne Muller , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Summer vol. 9 no. 3 1997; (p. 141-145)

— Review of Somewhere New : New and Selected Stories Michael Wilding , 1996 selected work short story ; Collected Stories Marion Halligan , 1997 selected work short story prose
1 Untitled Vivienne Muller , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Autumn vol. 9 no. 1 1997; (p. 134-137)

— Review of 1988 Andrew McGahan , 1995 single work novel
1 Untitled Vivienne Muller , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Summer vol. 8 no. 3 1996; (p. 136-139)

— Review of Paradise to Paranoia : New Queensland Writing 1995 anthology short story prose extract
1 Once More with Feeling- Sex and the Self-Discovery Narrative Vivienne Muller , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Proceedings : Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Sixteenth Annual Conference, 3-8 July 1994 1995; (p. 172-179)
1 Untitled Vivienne Muller , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , March vol. 6 no. 1 1994; (p. 100-102)

— Review of Poems 1970-1992 Fay Zwicky , 1993 selected work poetry ; Full Fathom Five John Kinsella , 1993 selected work poetry
1 Journeys (for Rebecca) i "Sick of hospitals", Vivienne Muller , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , July vol. 6 no. 2 1994; (p. 63)
1 The `I Hate Reading' Book Club: What a Challenge, and How Did it Come About Vivienne Muller , 1994 single work prose
— Appears in: The Written World : Youth and Literature 1994; (p. 92-95)
1 [Review] Talking into the Typewriter Vivienne Muller , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , August vol. 5 no. 2 1993; (p. 94-95)

— Review of Talking into the Typewriter : Selected Letters (1973-1983) Christina Stead , 1992 selected work correspondence
1 Untitled Vivienne Muller , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Imago , July vol. 4 no. 2 1992; (p. 100-101)

— Review of Collected Poems Rosemary Dobson , 1991 selected work poetry drama
1 Untitled Vivienne Muller , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Imago , April vol. 3 no. 1 1991; (p. 91-92)

— Review of Imagined Lives : A Study of David Malouf Philip Neilsen , 1990 single work criticism
1 Picturing a Life : II : Unnamed Landscape i "On our porch at the back of the house,", Vivienne Muller , 1991 single work poetry
— Appears in: Imago , April vol. 3 no. 1 1991; (p. 49-50)
1 Picturing a Life : I : Moonlight Cactus i "In my grandmother's house,", Vivienne Muller , 1991 single work poetry
— Appears in: Imago , April vol. 3 no. 1 1991; (p. 48-49)