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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 Patrick White and Alchemy
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'James Bulman-May contends that the science of alchemy is a central reference myth in the novels of Patrick White. He traces the application of the alchemical myth from its first fully fledged representation in The Aunt’s Story 1948 through The Tree of Man 1955, Voss 1957 and Riders in the Chariot 1961 to The Solid Mandala 1966, aiming to establish beyond any doubt that alchemy is a key concept in the complex scenarios of White’s fiction.

'White’s application of the fundamental paradigms of alchemy provides a cogent framework of alchemical references. These are the main body of classical hermetic strata on which White’s oeuvre is based. As the main inspirational source for White’s multi-layered texts, alchemy represents a medium for his unique vision of Australian culture, consciousness, and spirituality. A decoding of the alchemical strata embedded in his texts gives direct and informative access to the hermetic myths which are at the centre of his fiction.

'White’s texts represent a revival of alchemical lore in an antipodean context. His subliminal focus on the ancient process of gold-making, especially its individuative aspect as interpreted by Jung in Alchemical Studies and Psychology and Alchemy, ultimately leads to his conception of a postcolonial Australian sensibility based on individuation, loving-kindness, and communicative competence. A deeper understanding of White as interlocutor involves an analysis of the role of alchemy and a cognition of Jung’s proposal that this formative paradigm exercises a strong influence on the contemporary imagination.' (Publication summary)

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Alchemy Underlies Patrick White's Quest for Individuation Shirley J. Paolini , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 173)

— Review of Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism
Colouring in White Brian Kiernan , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 2 2003; (p. 194-198)

— Review of Patrick White, Painter Manque : Paintings, Painters and Their Influence on His Work Helen Hewitt , 2002 single work criticism ; Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism
Untitled Susan Lever , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 21 no. 2 2003; (p. 215-217)

— Review of Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism ; Patrick White, Painter Manque : Paintings, Painters and Their Influence on His Work Helen Hewitt , 2002 single work criticism
Reviewing the Reviewer James Bulman-May , 2002 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 243 2002; (p. 8)
Metaphors of Transformation David Wood , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 June 2002; (p. 21)

— Review of Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism
Untitled Susan Lever , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 21 no. 2 2003; (p. 215-217)

— Review of Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism ; Patrick White, Painter Manque : Paintings, Painters and Their Influence on His Work Helen Hewitt , 2002 single work criticism
Colouring in White Brian Kiernan , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 2 2003; (p. 194-198)

— Review of Patrick White, Painter Manque : Paintings, Painters and Their Influence on His Work Helen Hewitt , 2002 single work criticism ; Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism
Alchemy Underlies Patrick White's Quest for Individuation Shirley J. Paolini , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 173)

— Review of Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism
Silver Mysteries Richard Bell , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 242 2002; (p. 43-44)

— Review of Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism
Metaphors of Transformation David Wood , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 22 June 2002; (p. 21)

— Review of Patrick White and Alchemy James Bulman-May , 2001 single work criticism
Reviewing the Reviewer James Bulman-May , 2002 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 243 2002; (p. 8)
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