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Examines Thumboo's experiences as an 'internationalist' Singaporean travelling within Africa, Australia, Asia and the Pacific and the impact of these travels on his poetry. Particular attention is drawn to Thumboo's naming of personal friends and acquaintances in his poems and of the link between relationships and a sense of place.

Affiliation Notes

  • Associated with the AustLit subset Australian Literary Responses to 'Asia' as the work discusses an Asian writer.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: The Poet as Traveller : Edwin Thumbo
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Interlogue : Studies in Singapore Literature. Volume 2. : Poetry Kirpal Singh (editor), Singapore : Ethos Books , 1999 Z941264 1999 anthology criticism Singapore : Ethos Books , 1999 pg. 77-83
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood Bruce Bennett , Perth : Network , 2006 Z1283394 2006 selected work criticism essay autobiography 'With a population base of some 20 million people in the early years of the twenty-first century, Australia is widely recognised as ‘punching above its weight’ in the field of international literature in English. When questions of literary merit are raised, Patrick White’s Nobel Prize for literature in 1973 is often cited together with David Malouf’s Impac award, Thomas Keneally’s and Peter Carey’s Booker prizes, Kate Grenville’s Orange prize and the Queens’s gold medal for poetry to Judith Wright, Les Murray and Peter Porter. Although some of these authors are discussed in the present book, readers will also encounter a variety of other Australian writers, living and dead, from colonial to post-colonial times, including :Louis Becke, Jack Davis, Yasmine Gooneratne, Ee Tiang Hong, Dorothy Hewitt, A D Hope, Clive James, Oodgeroo, John Boyle O’Reilly and Tim Winton. This heterogeneous group includes Indigenous Australians, immigrants, expatriates, long and short term residents and an Irish political prisoner. The main criterion for inclusion in these essays is not the canonical status of authors but their fruitful engagement with themes of alienation and belonging in a changing Australia.'

     (Publication summary)

    Perth : Network , 2006
    pg. 123-130; notes 270
    Note: With title: The Poet as Traveller : Edwin Thumbo
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