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Issue Details: First known date: 1992... 1992 The Crocodile Fury
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'Set in a convent school on a jungle-covered hill on the outskirts of a Southeast Asian city, The Crocodile Fury follows the fortunes of three generations: the grandmother who was a bonded servant when the convent was a rich man's mansion; the mother who works each day in the convent laundry; and the girl who tells the story.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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Notes

  • Dedication: For Choo Kwei Heong, my other grandmother

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1992 .
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      Extent: 329p.
      ISBN: 020717055X
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Women's Press ,
      1996 .
      Extent: 329p.
      ISBN: 0704344661
    • Kuala Lumpur,
      c
      Malaysia,
      c
      Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      SIRD ,
      2003 .
      Extent: 329p.
      ISBN: 9832535042
    • Newtown, Marrickville - Camperdown area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vagabond Press , 2017 .
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      Extent: 415p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 16 June 2017

      ISBN: 9781922181336
Alternative title: De drift van de krokodil
Language: Dutch
    • Baarn,
      c
      Netherlands,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      The Hague,
      c
      Netherlands,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ambo/Anthos ; NOVIB ,
      1995 .
      Extent: 326p.
      ISBN: 9026313748

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Works about this Work

Gothic Spaces and The Tropical City : Reading The Crocodile Fury, Haunting the Tiger, Life’s Mysteries Satyabhama Daly , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic , vol. 17 no. 2 2018; (p. 18-32)

'Beth Yahp’s The Crocodile Fury (1992), K.S. Maniam’s Haunting the Tiger (1996), and Shirley Lim’s Life’s Mysteries (1995) articulate the ambivalence of interpreting the cultural beliefs of the Malays, Chinese, and Indians of the former Malaya with the evolving spiritual beliefs of Christianity and Catholicism influenced by British colonisation. In Beth Yahp’s The Crocodile Fury the ghosts of the colonial past vie for power with the demons of Chinese cultural beliefs in a convent situated in the liminal space between the jungle and the urban environment. The convent is a “civilised space” with the jungle as an encroaching wilderness haunted by Chinese gods and the female vampire ghost Pontianak of the Malay cultural tradition. Similarly, Maniam’s short stories in Haunting the Tiger situate the supernatural and the abject in the liminal spaces between the city and the jungle to express the metaphorical exile experienced by the Indian and Chinese diaspora in Malaysia. The trope of liminality is most evident in Shirley Lim’s short stories in Life’s Mysteries where the domestic and urban space of culture are viewed through prisms of imprisonment and disempowerment. The authors uncover the psychological and social exile experienced by colonised subjects through the gothic themes of shadows, darkness and the underworld.' (Publication abstract)

Southeast Asian Australian Women’s Fiction and the Globalization of “Magic” Paul Giffard-Foret , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , vol. 50 no. 6 2014; (p. 675-687)
'This article discusses the evolution of magical realism in relation to the postcolonial by looking at three contemporary Australian women authors originating from Southeast Asia. Besides extending magical realism to the Australian and Southeast Asian regions, these authors show the contours of the literary mode to be flexible, as magical realism has moved from being a localized Latin American trend to assuming a significant status on the international market. Concomitantly, their fiction develops various forms of a postcolonial aesthetics of “home” – forms that are neither pure nor authentic, but always-already partial and complicit with orientalist practices, in particular in light of new fault lines opened up in the wake of decolonization. This is one reason why their fiction embraces magical realist modes of representation: as an ambivalent literary mode, straddling the “actual” and the “imaginary”, and situated in-between resistance to, and collaboration with, Eurocentric modes of representation, magical realism retains a strong political relevance in a globalized, postcolonial era.' (Publication abstract)
Two Approaches to Constructing 'Chinese' Cultural Identity : Australia's Authors with Chinese Ancestry Christine Sun , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader 2010; (p. 296-313)
Reading the Postcolonial Allegory in Beth Yahp's 'The Crocodile Fury' : Censored Subjects, Ambivalent Spaces, and Transformative Bodies Grace V. S. Chin , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Nebula , March vol. 6 no. 1 2009; (p. 93-115)
Writing Chinese Diaspora : After the 'White Australia Policy' Deborah L. Madsen , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 263-270) Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader 2010; (p. 158-172)
An overview of Chinese-Australian writing.
[Untitled] Luisa Percopo , 1998-1999 single work review
— Appears in: Il Tolomeo , vol. 4 no. 1998-1999; (p. 61-62)

— Review of The Crocodile Fury Beth Yahp , 1992 single work novel
Sites of Resistance Jennifer Livett , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 55 1993; (p. 66-69)

— Review of The Crocodile Fury Beth Yahp , 1992 single work novel ; Praise Andrew McGahan , 1992 single work novel ; Maestro Peter Goldsworthy , 1989 single work novel ; Illicit Passage Alice Nunn , 1992 single work novel
When Cultural Loyalties Clash Katharine England , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 12 December 1992; (p. 5)

— Review of The Crocodile Fury Beth Yahp , 1992 single work novel ; The Ancestor Game Alex Miller , 1992 single work novel
Forecasts Claire Mills , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , August vol. 72 no. 1029 1992; (p. 27)

— Review of Remember Me, Jimmy James Steven Carroll , 1992 single work novel ; The Crocodile Fury Beth Yahp , 1992 single work novel
Crossing into the Dream World Alison Broinowski , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 September 1992; (p. 46)

— Review of The Crocodile Fury Beth Yahp , 1992 single work novel
The Wider Shores of Gothic Andrew Ng , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 66 no. 2 2007; (p. 149-156)
Examines the 'gothic tradition in Australian and contemporary 'Australasian' fiction'. (Meanjin)
Occidental Echoes : Beth Yahp's Ambivalent Malaya Shanthini Pillai , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 33 no. 1 2007; (p. 174-189)
y separately published work icon The Crocodile Fury by Beth Yahp Laurie Clancy , Melbourne : Council of Adult Education , 1995 Z1505467 1995 single work criticism
Leading a Writer's Life Jacqueline Ann Surin (interviewer), 2005 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sun [Kuala Lumpur] , 27 August 2005;
Writing Chinese Diaspora : After the 'White Australia Policy' Deborah L. Madsen , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader 2009; (p. 263-270) Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader 2010; (p. 158-172)
An overview of Chinese-Australian writing.
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