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    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1983 .
      Extent: 163p.p.
      Description: illus., ports
      Reprinted: 1984 , 1985 , 1989 Paperback
      ISBN: 085561269X, 0858593254

Works about this Work

The Female Gaze : Australian Women Historians’ Autobiographies Ann Moyal , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Clio’s Lives : Biographies and Autobiographies of Historians 2017; (p. 65-80)

'A striking number of Australian women have ventured into the autobiographical genre. While a slew of immigrant men were producing their personal odysseys of pioneering endeavour and the exploration and appropriation of a new land in the nineteenth century, a regiment of women from diverse backgrounds began to record their remembered experiences and specific local responses to colonial life. The women’s stories were very different. Franker, relational, concerned with childhood, people and places, some masquerading as regional or local history, in a strongly masculine society they were often judged as ‘unimportant’ or ‘trivial’ and not given publication at the time of writing. But they came to lay the foundation of ‘a complementary culture’ to male autobiography with its ongoing emphasis on national identity and image, and they have been judged by literary and historical scholars as a rich and unique reading experience.'  (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Contesting Childhood : Autobiography, Trauma, and Memory Kate Douglas , New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press , 2010 Z1836606 2010 single work criticism 'The late 1990s and early 2000s witnessed a surge in the publication and popularity of autobiographical writings about childhood. Linking literary and cultural studies, Contesting Childhood draws on a varied selection of works from a diverse range of authors - from first-time to experienced writers. Kate Douglas explores Australian accounts of the Stolen Generation, contemporary American and British narratives of abuse, the bestselling memoirs of Andrea Ashworth, Augusten Burroughs, Robert Drewe, Mary Karr, Frank McCourt, Dave Pelzer, and Lorna Sage, among many others." "Drawing on trauma and memory studies and theories of authorship and readership, Contesting Childhood offers commentary on the triumphs, trials, and tribulations that have shaped this genre. Douglas examines the content of the narratives and the limits of their representations, as well as some of the ways in which autobiographies of youth have become politically important and influential. This study enables readers to discover how stories configure childhood within cultural memory and the public sphere.' (Publisher's blurb)
Cultural Translation and the Dynamics of Self-Definition in Australia Luisa Percopo , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Dislocations 2006; (p. 67-79)
Percopo examines the trope of food in two narratives of migration and 'transcultural identities' (71).
y separately published work icon Shameful Autobiographies : Shame in Contemporary Australian Autobiographies and Culture Rosamund Dalziell , Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1999 Z482284 1999 single work criticism biography
Warfare - Class, Trench and Sex 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 April. 1989; (p. 89)

— Review of Amirah: An Un-Australian Childhood Amirah Inglis , 1983 single work autobiography
Paperbacks Robin Lucas , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 13 May 1989; (p. 10)

— Review of North Wind John Morrison , 1982 selected work short story ; Amirah: An Un-Australian Childhood Amirah Inglis , 1983 single work autobiography
Growing Out of Exile Donald Cave , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , May no. 94-95 1984; (p. 88)

— Review of Amirah: An Un-Australian Childhood Amirah Inglis , 1983 single work autobiography
Coming of Age in Australia Lee Shrubb , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 28 no. 6 1984; (p. 76-78)

— Review of Amirah: An Un-Australian Childhood Amirah Inglis , 1983 single work autobiography
A New Name, a New Country Rosemary O'Grady , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , [1] February 1984; (p. 35)

— Review of Amirah: An Un-Australian Childhood Amirah Inglis , 1983 single work autobiography
Childhood in Cultural Limbo Sandy Murray , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 May 1989; (p. B4)

— Review of Amirah: An Un-Australian Childhood Amirah Inglis , 1983 single work autobiography
Cultural Translation and the Dynamics of Self-Definition in Australia Luisa Percopo , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Dislocations 2006; (p. 67-79)
Percopo examines the trope of food in two narratives of migration and 'transcultural identities' (71).
y separately published work icon Contesting Childhood : Autobiography, Trauma, and Memory Kate Douglas , New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press , 2010 Z1836606 2010 single work criticism 'The late 1990s and early 2000s witnessed a surge in the publication and popularity of autobiographical writings about childhood. Linking literary and cultural studies, Contesting Childhood draws on a varied selection of works from a diverse range of authors - from first-time to experienced writers. Kate Douglas explores Australian accounts of the Stolen Generation, contemporary American and British narratives of abuse, the bestselling memoirs of Andrea Ashworth, Augusten Burroughs, Robert Drewe, Mary Karr, Frank McCourt, Dave Pelzer, and Lorna Sage, among many others." "Drawing on trauma and memory studies and theories of authorship and readership, Contesting Childhood offers commentary on the triumphs, trials, and tribulations that have shaped this genre. Douglas examines the content of the narratives and the limits of their representations, as well as some of the ways in which autobiographies of youth have become politically important and influential. This study enables readers to discover how stories configure childhood within cultural memory and the public sphere.' (Publisher's blurb)
Swag [Overland, no.93, December 1983] Stephen Murray-Smith , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , December no. 93 1983; (p. 11-12)
y separately published work icon Shameful Autobiographies : Shame in Contemporary Australian Autobiographies and Culture Rosamund Dalziell , Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1999 Z482284 1999 single work criticism biography
The Female Gaze : Australian Women Historians’ Autobiographies Ann Moyal , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Clio’s Lives : Biographies and Autobiographies of Historians 2017; (p. 65-80)

'A striking number of Australian women have ventured into the autobiographical genre. While a slew of immigrant men were producing their personal odysseys of pioneering endeavour and the exploration and appropriation of a new land in the nineteenth century, a regiment of women from diverse backgrounds began to record their remembered experiences and specific local responses to colonial life. The women’s stories were very different. Franker, relational, concerned with childhood, people and places, some masquerading as regional or local history, in a strongly masculine society they were often judged as ‘unimportant’ or ‘trivial’ and not given publication at the time of writing. But they came to lay the foundation of ‘a complementary culture’ to male autobiography with its ongoing emphasis on national identity and image, and they have been judged by literary and historical scholars as a rich and unique reading experience.'  (Introduction)

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