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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 The Regenerative Spirit : Volume 2 : (Un)settling, (Dis)locations, (Post-)colonial, (Re)presentations - Australian Post-Colonial Reflections
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* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,:Lythrum Press , 2004 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A French Chum in Australia, John West-Sooby , single work criticism
West-Sooby puzzles over this French-Australian writer who chose to focus on the life and culture of his adopted country while continuing to express himself (almost exclusively) in French, and apparently for a French readership. He notes the problem that Wenz's writing can only really connect with a reader of French who is familiar with the myths and realities of Australian bush experience.
(p. 65-75)
Home and (Taken) Away, Sue Hosking , single work criticism
Hosking compares the life stories of two Aboriginal women raised at Colebrook home in South Australia, noting the different ways in which they perceived their removal from their families, and the differences in the public reception of their stories.
(p. 141-149)
'Fear the Bitch Who Sheds No Tears' : The Persistence of the Female Scapegoat in Cultural Representations of Frontier Violence and Stolen Generations, Victoria Haskins , single work criticism
This 'article takes this powerful and resonant historical drama [Holy Day] as its focus in exploring the continuity of an Australian cultural depiction of womanhood in the representation of white women's role in colonialism' (p.50).
(p. 150-159)
Bruce Chatwin's Curio Cabinet, Clare Johnson , single work criticism
Noting the effect of ethnography in 'incarcerating' oral cultures, and the effect of travel writing where writers have fashioned themselves as amateur anthropologists, the author examines Chatwin's perceptions of Indigenous people in The Songlines, seeing a misfit between the living, dynamic culture Chatwin encountered and the pristine pre-contact culture of his preconceptions.
(p. 160-169)
Women Writers of South Australia, Anne Chittleborough , single work criticism (p. 170-178)
Catherine Martin, The Moated Grange, Tennyson and Alick's Diaries, Margaret Allen , single work criticism
The author notes that The Moated Grange appears to be in part a writing out of Martin's grief on the death of her loved younger brother, Alick, and sees striking parallels and intertwinings with Tennyson's poem 'In Memoriam', as well as with Alick's diaries which Martin treasured and re-read over the years.
(p. 179-191)
C. J. Dennis, The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke and its Film Versions, Philip Butterss , single work criticism
'The Sentimental Bloke has been a significant story in Australian cultural history, beginning as a poem, and becoming two films, a stage play, a ballet, and a musical; and there have been versions for television, gramophone and radio.' Butterss examines how the poem 'might have operated through its audience in 1915, and how Raymond Longford's 1919 silent film and Frank Thring's 1932 talkie might have worked in altered economic and cultural circumstances.'
(p. 192-199)
Away From Home : Fionan MacCartha's Poetry, Dymphna Lonergan , single work criticism

'Ultimately, Fionan MacCartha's poetry reflects the world view of a section of the Irish expatriate community in Australia whose rich oral and geographical background continues to resonate in their adopted home. His use of the Irish language, Irish themes and imagery in his poetry in Australia served to foster a continuation with both his literary and social past and to mitigate the effects of being out-of-country'.

(p. 200-205)
Francis Webb and the Asylum Seekers : A Post-Lacanian Study of Displacement in 'Port Phillip Night', Richard Hillman , single work criticism
Through 'Port Phillip Night' Hillman attempts to unravel 'the transitional performance, the oscillating movement between [Webb's] visions of diaspora, the Holocaust, and his dissatifaction with an Australian "newness".'
(p. 206-216)
Dimitris Tsaloumas : The Man as an Old Speaker, Michael Tsianikas , single work criticism
The author explores the fusing of Greek tradition and an Australian context in the poetry of the Greek Australian poet Dimitras Tsoulis.
(p. 217-228)
Looking Across the Timor Sea : Australians Writing About East Timor, Graham Tulloch , single work criticism
The author explores Australian creative writing about East Timor from the early 1940s, and notes the effect of twenty-five years of Indonesian rule in largely preventing creative writers from imaginative engagement and encounters with Timorese culture.
(p. 229-240)
Home and Away : Australian Short Fictionists of the 1970s : Moorhouse, Wilding, Viidikas, Bruce Bennett , single work criticism
Bennett discusses the ways in which the Balmain writers Moorhouse, Wilding and Viidikas each in their own way expressed the changing lifestyles and expectations of their time.
(p. 241-250)
'Grey Angels' : Ancestral Voices in Displaced Descendants' Memoirs, Gay Breyley , single work criticism
In the work of Lily Brett, and Evelyn Crawford, Breyley sees writers from two different diasporas (Jewish and Baarkanji), and writing in two different forms, but each imagining the songs and languages of her ancestors, both known and unknown, and their resonance in the author's own worlds.
(p. 251-263)
Memories in a Suitcase : Migrancy and Translation in Richard Flanagan's The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Alice Healy , single work criticism
Healy explores the adaptation of novels to film, and the processes this involves of translation and interpretation. She focuses on The Sound of One Hand Clapping, where both novel and film were written by the author at much the same time, with the translation being something of a dialogical process.
(p. 264-271)
Saying Places : Finding a 'Voice' in Landscape, Lesley Williams , single work criticism
Williams sees fiction as a means of enhancing and understanding landscape, and explores the way that the landscape, being integral to the novel's plot and character, 'speaks' to the reader in The Salt of Broken Tears.
(p. 272-282)
Sites and Targets : Anson Cameron's Tin Toys and Silences Long Gone, Lyn Jacobs , single work criticism
The author observes that Cameron's portrayal of Australian social, political and aesthetic life in his novels forces us to ask the question "how far 'past the post' is post-colonial in this country?"
(p. 283-292)
A Lyrical Bridge Across Hemispheres : Australian Poetry in the Romanian Literary Magazine Vatra, Ioana Petrescu , single work criticism
Petrescu interviews three Australian literary figures selected for inclusion in the Romanian Literary magazine, Vatra, and discusses issues involved in the translation of poetry.
(p. 293-300)

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