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1 Nowhere Places : Welcome Contributions to Queer Fiction Jay Daniel Thompson , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 445 2022; (p. 30-31)

— Review of Marlo Jay Carmichael , 2022 single work novel ; My Heart is a Little Wild Thing Nigel Featherstone , 2022 single work novel

'At first glance, neither Marlo nor My Heart Is a Little Wild Thing seemed particularly appealing. Both focus on queer men pining for love in a homophobic world. Both appeared to recycle what Jay Carmichael (Marlo’s author) calls ‘the tradition of tragedy in queer literature’. Digging deeper, we find that the novels offer nuanced and even uplifting perspectives on gay male experience over the decades. There are moments of adversity, but it’s the resilience and emotional strength of the protagonists – their ability to find pleasure in even dire situations – that make both books so compelling.' (Introduction)

1 Desire’s Other Face : Omar Sakr’s First Novel Jay Daniel Thompson , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 442 2022; (p. 39)

— Review of Son of Sin Omar Sakr , 2022 single work novel

'The first thing readers will notice about Son of Sin is the snake coiled across the front cover, its inky scales contrasting with the hot pink background, at once disquieting and strangely beautiful. This striking image sets the tone for the rest of the novel, which is the prose début for Sydney poet and social commentator Omar Sakr. The text provides a disarmingly frank perspective on sexuality, race, and shame in contemporary Australia.' (Introduction)

1 Monsters : A Hitchcockian Crime Début Jay Daniel Thompson , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 434 2021; (p. 41)

— Review of The Tribute John Byron , 2021 single work novel

'The Tribute begins with a corpse. And not just any corpse. This body is discovered in a Sydney terrace house with its organs removed. One detective describes the crime as ‘butchery’, and that’s an understatement. This murder is the work of Stephen Porter, a deceptively bland chap who uses his bank job to secure the schedules and addresses of victims. These victims are then dissected as ‘tributes’ to the Fabrica, a collection of sixteenth-century anatomy books.'  (Introduction)

1 ‘Pretty’s What Got You Here’ : Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s Second Novel Jay Daniel Thompson , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July no. 433 2021; (p. 38)

— Review of The Newcomer Laura Woollett , 2021 single work novel

'The title character of Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s second novel, The Newcomer, is Paulina Novak, who has arrived on Fairfolk Island after leaving a finance career in Sydney. If she is wanting to make a new start, then she’s mistaken; Paulina’s life seems perpetually sullied by alcoholism, an eating disorder, and a tendency to fall for callous men. Acquaintances say that her head is ‘messy’. Paulina herself remarks: ‘My whole life’s a fuck-up.’'  (Introduction)

1 ‘Portholes in Ya Coffin’ : A Coming-of-age Chronicle by Geoff Goodfellow Jay Daniel Thompson , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;

— Review of Out of Copley Street : A Working-Class Boyhood Geoff Goodfellow , 2020 single work autobiography

'Geoff Goodfellow is best known as a poet. Out of Copley Street, his first non-verse publication, chronicles his working-class coming of age in Adelaide’s inner-northern suburbs during the 1950s and 1960s.' (Introduction)

1 [Review] Reel Men: Australian Masculinity in the Movies, 1949–1962 Jay Daniel Thompson , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Historical Studies , vol. 51 no. 1 2020; (p. 233)

— Review of Reel Men : Australian Masculinity in the Movies, 1949-1962 Chelsea Barnett , 2019 multi chapter work criticism

'Reel Men is about blokes. More specifically, Chelsea Barnett’s text explores representations of masculinity in postwar Australian films. In doing so, Barnett aims to unsettle some of the erroneous but commonly held assumptions about gender relations and cinema in the Australia of that period.' (Introduction)

1 The Yellow House by Emily O’Grady Jay Daniel Thompson , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 405 2018; (p. 58)

'Cub lives next door to the yellow house. The girl also lives in the shadow of her grandfather, Les, who once owned that property, and who died years ago, after doing ‘ugly things’ to women. Indeed, Les’s crimes seem to cast a pall over Cub’s entire family. This is a family where warmth is in short supply. The parents speak in harsh, defensive tones. They refuse to discuss Les’s misdemeanours. Also, Cub’s parents refuse to allow their children to grow their hair, and react violently when this rule is disobeyed. Then Ian, a young man who is obsessed with Les, befriends Cub’s brother.' (Introduction)

1 The Country of Sexualised Children : Whiteness, Innocence, and the “Sexualisation of Childhood” Jay Daniel Thompson , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , vol. 42 no. 3 2018; (p. 285-296)

'This article argues that the sexualisation of childhood discourses have a distinct history in Australia. To advance this argument, I will explore the similarities between these discourses and discourses surrounding the iconic Australian “lost child”. In all of these discourses, a white child (here a symbol of White Australia’s future and past) becomes lost in an unforgiving and dangerous environment. This child is assumed to be asexual, though with the likelihood that they will mature into reproductive heterosexuality. This latter point will be illuminated in the final section of the article, which will focus specifically on the 2016 criticisms of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia. These criticisms are the most recent examples of anti-sexualisation discourses in Australia.'  (Publication abstract)

1 'The Lebs' by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Jay Daniel Thompson , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 399 2018; (p. 34)

— Review of The Lebs Michael Mohammed Ahmad , 2018 single work novel

'Bani Adam wants to be a ‘chivalrous poet’ or a great writer. These aspirations make the Lebanese-Australian teenager feel like an outsider at the testosterone-fuelled, anti-intellectual high school that he attends. Until he finishes school, Bani bides his time with a group of mostly Muslim and Lebanese young men. ‘The Lebs’, as they refer to themselves, while away the hours discussing religion and politics, fantasising about or insulting teachers, and forging something like a friendship with one another.'  (Introduction)

1 [Review] Dancing Home Jay Daniel Thompson , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 397 2017; (p. 43)

— Review of Dancing Home Paul Collis , 2017 single work novel

'Dancing Home opens in forthright fashion. The author, Paul Collis, urges readers to ‘[t]ake sides. Be involved in the ideas I’ve written into this book.’ The novel offers an uncompromising examination of some of the injustices faced by Indigenous Australians. The plot focuses on three men – Blackie, Rips, and Carlos – who have embarked on a road trip to Wiradjuri country. Blackie and Rips have recently been released from prison, where they met. Blackie is intent on enacting revenge against Hunter McWilliams, the white police officer who was responsible for his incarceration. Blackie whiled away his prison sentence ‘imagining how he would hurt the cop with every punch he threw’.' (Introduction)

1 [Review] Wimmera Jay Daniel Thompson , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 395 2017; (p. 33)

— Review of Wimmera Mark Brandi , 2017 single work novel

'The tagline of Wimmera is ‘Small town. Big secret’. Mark Brandi’s first novel does indeed feature a secret (and a grim one, at that), but it also offers a disturbing insight into Australian masculinity. The book opens in the country circa 1989. Ben and Fab are primary school students who, both misfits, while away the hours catching yabbies, playing cricket, and watching The Wonder Years. Fab’s father is abusive, but they find solace in their friendship. Then Ronnie Bellamy appears in their lives. Ronnie is a ‘tall, muscular’ man who works in the nearby mines. He charms the boys with his friendly demeanour and stash of porn magazines, but he has ulterior motives. Fast-forward to 2006: Fab remains in his childhood town, working menial jobs and drinking excessively. He seems reluctant to confront his past, though a gruesome discovery forces him to do just that.' (Introduction)

1 Sophisticated Survey Leaves Things Unsaid Jay Daniel Thompson , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1 April 2017; (p. 19)
'Tim Winton is impossible to categorise. As literary scholar Lyn McCredden puts it, he’s ‘‘a robust, ponytailed figure, a surfie, fisherman and ordinary bloke who also happens to be a multi-award-winning author’’. His work has been critically acclaimed, but he hasn’t attended a literary awards ceremony since winning The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award for An Open Swimmer in 1982.' (Introduction)
1 Young People, the Media and Gangland 20 Years on Jay Daniel Thompson , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 15 March 2017;
'In 1997, Mark Davis published Gangland: Cultural elites and the new generationalism. The book analysed some of the ways in which “young people” were being misrepresented and/or underrepresented in Australian media and intellectual circles circa the 1990s.'
1 Review : William Yang : Stories of Love and Death Jay Daniel Thompson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 381 2016; (p. 57)

— Review of William Yang : Stories of Love and Death Helena Grehan , Edward Scheer , 2016 single work biography
1 y separately published work icon New Scholar Cosmopolitanism and Its Critics vol. 4 no. 1 Katrina Hansord (editor), Catherine Noske (editor), Jay Daniel Thompson (editor), 2016 9578293 2016 periodical issue
1 Review : An Isolated Incident Jay Daniel Thompson , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 380 2016; (p. 59)

— Review of An Isolated Incident Emily Maguire , 2016 single work novel
1 Porn Sucks : The Transformation of Germaine Greer? Jay Daniel Thompson , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: M/C Journal , August vol. 19 no. 4 2016;

'In a 1984 New York Times interview, Germaine Greer discussed the quite different views that have surrounded her supposed attitude towards sex. As she put it, “People seem to think I'm Hugh Hefner and that the reason women started having sex is because I told them to” (qtd. in De Lacy). This view had, however, shifted by the 1980s. As she told reporter Justine De Lacy, “Now they are saying that I'm against sex.” ' (Introduction)

1 Cosmopolitanism and its Critics : An Overview Katrina Hansord , Catherine Noske , Jay Daniel Thompson , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: New Scholar , vol. 4 no. 1 2016;
Primarily an introduction to the special issue, this essay also touches on the significance of cosmopolitanism to Australian writing and culture.
1 Difficult Belongings Arjun Rajkhowa , Jay Daniel Thompson , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Special Issue Website Series , October no. 31 2015;
'The emergence of queer theory and politics in the 1990s was widely touted as heralding a new era of sexual inclusivity. However, this has not proved to be the case for everyone. This fictocritical essay features three vignettes of gay male Asian migrants living in Australia. We suggest that the sense of belonging these men develop is complex and difficult. All three subjects find themselves straddling two artificially polarised worlds: the white and modern world of ‘gay Australia’ and the racialised and striated ‘migrant’ world. This work explores some intersections of sexuality, belonging, race and migration in contemporary Australia through alternating acts of scholarly and creative writing. ' (Publication abstract)
1 Where Is Queer Studies Now? An Interview with Annamarie Jagose Jay Daniel Thompson (interviewer), Dallas J. Baker (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: TEXT : Special Issue Website Series , October no. 31 2015;
'Australia Queer was a Special Edition of the Australian journal Meanjin and was. a pioneering collection of queer Australian writing. It was published during a time (the 1990s) that saw the rapid rise of queer theory and politics. Annamarie Jagose was one of the editors of that special edition and her book Queer Theory (published by the University of Melbourne Press in 1996) was among the first to set the parameters for queer theory and queer studies. This brief interview with Annamarie Jagose focusses on where queer studies is now, nearly two decades after the release of Australia Queer.' (Publication abstract)
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