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Alternative title: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Issue Details: First known date: 2003... vol. 2 2003 of JASAL est. 2002 JASAL
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Includes a special section: 'Christina Stead Centenary Essays'.


* Contents derived from the 2003 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Christina Stead at 100, Margaret Harris , single work criticism
Overview of Stead's work on the occasion of the centenary of her birth.
(p. 5-12)
Christina Stead and the Synecdochic Scam : The Little Hotel, Judith Kegan Gardiner , single work criticism
The article reviews Stead's scholarship and gives a close reading of The Little Hotel, discussing the use of synecdoche to 'portray the economic, sexual, and gender structures' of society and viewing the novel 'through the lenses of two contemporary theorists of masculinity, Australian sociologist Bob Connell and the late French post-structural theorist, Pierre Bourdieu' (p.13).
(p. 13-28)
Crossing the Rubicon : Abjection and Revolution in Christina Stead's I'm Dying Laughing, Brigid Rooney , single work criticism (p. 29-39)
Christina Stead's Last Book : The Novel and the Best-Seller, Susan Sheridan , single work criticism
Discusses the literary aspirations and successes of Christina Stead's protagonists and their relationship to Stead's own ambitions for I'm Dying Laughing.
(p. 41-52)
Whatever Happened to Coppelius? Antecedents and Design in Christina Stead's The Salzburg Tales, Michael Ackland , single work criticism
Ackland aims to demonstrate the way in which Stead's writings 'simultaneously exploit and subvert the traditions and conventions available to her'. Concentrating on 'The Marionettist', the first of the Salzburg tales, with its recasting of the puppeteer motif, he detects the influence of Hoffmann on Stead; he find the story 'hints at a range of ensuing pre-occupations, and evokes a past imaginative realm that affords one measure of the existential slippages and social developments that have complicated received themes in a modern, increasingly psychoanalytical age.' pp.53-54.
(p. 53-66)
The Totally Incredible Obscenity of Letty Fox, Nicole Moore , single work criticism
Published in 1946 in New York, Letty Fox : Her Luck was declared a prohibited import by Australia in mid-1947. Moore discusses the procedures involved in the banning and the compexity of what was at issue for Australian officials.
(p. 67-79)
Christina Stead's Workshop in the Novel : How to Write a 'Novel of Strife', Susan Lever , single work criticism
'Stead did not publish the kind of literary criticism that would help us reconcile her practice as a novelist with her political commitment. Her most important public comment on her art is probably the notes for her speech to the League of American Writers' Congress in June 1939, entitled "Uses of the Many-Charactered Novel" where she argues for a "novel of strife" that offers multiple viewpoints rather than a thesis, leaving readers to make their own conclusions' (p.81).
(p. 81-91)
A Note on Christina Stead and China, Jianjun Li , single work criticism
Discusses the representations of China and Chinese people in Christina Stead's work.
(p. 93-97)
Christina Stead in Japanese, Margaret Harris , single work criticism
Examines some Stead correspondence relating to a proposed translation of Seven Poor Men of Sydney into Japanese that did not eventuate 'due to the financial difficulties and eventual collapse of the intended publisher' (p.99).
(p. 99-103)
Gertrude and Elizabeth : Letters, Lives and Fictions, Delys Bird , single work criticism
This paper 'draws on epistolary theory, and theories of epistolary fiction, of women's letter writing, of autobiography and autobiographical memory. Concerned as it is with women's letters, lives and fiction - specifically Elizabeth Jolley's Georges' Wife trilogy - it became a tribute not only to Dorothy Green, but also to Elizabeth Jolley herself' (p.105).
(p. 105-119)
Constructing Aboriginality : Archibald Meston's Literary Journalism, 1870-1924, Cheryl M. Taylor , single work criticism
Taylor examines Meston's journalism and concludes that 'Beyond its complex construction of Aboriginality, Meston's writing for the press comprised many rich cultural layers, including the constitution of the author's persona, his masculinist assumptions, his promotion of Queensland, the paradox of his natural history and shooting articles, his deployment of sources, and the generic dissemination of his views through rhetoric, poetry and fiction. Deeper penetration of these layers might enhance understanding of the discursive operations of power in Australia during a crucial development phase' (p. 131).
(p. 121-139)
'The Colour of Your Moustache' or Have Feminists Always Been Humourless?, Susan Magarey , single work criticism
Sheridan examines the journalism of Louisa Lawson and American Charlotte Gilman.
(p. 141-156)
Writing in 'A Fairy Story Landscape' : Fairy Tales and Contemporary Australian Fiction, Lisa M. Fiander , single work criticism
Explores the fairy tale motifs and the influence of fairy tales in contemporary Australian fiction.
(p. 157-165)
Homelands vs 'The Tropics' : Crossing the Line, Lyn Jacobs , single work criticism
'In Australian fictions, "the tropics" feature as paradisiacal retreats, mosquito-infested war zones, touristic destinations or sites-of-last-resort on terminal pathways north. But they are also homelands and cross-cultural spaces where the nexus between Indigenous and non-indigenous people, as well as the environment, climate and geography, is distinctive ... This paper considers "the tropics" as contested sites in Australia and New Guinea, and indicates tensions between writing about or from within homelands' (p.167).
(p. 167-178)
Linnaeus Downunder, Frances Devlin-Glass , single work review
— Review of Gould's Book of Fish : A Novel in Twelve Fish Richard Flanagan , 2001 single work novel ;
(p. 179-184)
Untitled, Andrew McCann , single work review
— Review of Patrick White, Painter Manque : Paintings, Painters and Their Influence on His Work Helen Hewitt , 2002 single work criticism ;
(p. 184-186)
Untitled, Ken Gelder , single work review
— Review of The Making of the Australian Literary Imagination Richard Nile , 2002 single work criticism ;
(p. 186-189)
[Review] Christina Stead : Satirist, Christina Hill , single work review
— Review of Christina Stead : Satirist Anne Pender , 2002 single work criticism ; The Enigmatic Christina Stead : A Provocative Re-Reading Teresa Petersen , 2001 single work criticism ;
(p. 190-193)
Untitled, Rachael Weaver , single work review
— Review of Seven Versions of an Australian Badland Ross Gibson , 2002 single work prose ;
(p. 193-195)
[Review] Collected Poems : 1961-2002 and ALS 20:2 and Les Murray, Peter Kirkpatrick , single work review
— Review of Les Murray Steven Matthews , 2001 single work criticism ; Collected Poems : 1961-2002 Les Murray , 2002 selected work poetry ; Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue ;
(p. 195-200)
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