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  • Author:agent Peter Goldsworthy http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/goldsworthy-peter
Issue Details: First known date: 1995... 1995 Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story
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'Born to deaf parents, John James ("JJ") has always been more at home in Sign language than in spoken English. Recently divorced, he returns to school to teach Sign. His pupils include animal liberationists Clive Kinnear and Stella Todd, foster-parents to a very unusual daughter who is not deaf, but dumb. It's not long before JJ meets the beautiful, sensitive and highly intelligent 'Eliza', and is drawn into a bizarre chain of events..' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Wish Shane McNeil , ( dir. Shane McNeil ) Australia : Soft Tread Enterprises , 2018 13196616 2018 single work film/TV

'Love is blind. True love is silent... When John James (JJ), a lonely, overweight sign language teacher accepts a private tutoring job he discovers his new ‘deaf’ student is not only kind, sensitive and intellectually gifted, but also a mature, female gorilla who will change his life forever. Adapted from Peter Goldsworthy's acclaimed novel.'

Source: Screen Australia funding approvals.      

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Mutism, deafness.
    Type of character Primary and secondary.
    Point of view Third person.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Text Publishing , 2013 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, James Bradley , essay

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 , 1995 .
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      Extent: 299, [3]p.p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Illustrated by Steven Bray.
      ISBN: 0207189110
Alternative title: Wunsch und ich
Language: German
    • Munich,
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Piper ,
      1999 .
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      Extent: 330p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 3492226922

Works about this Work

Eight Great Australian Fictional Scientists Worth Reading about Anna-Sophie Jürgens , 2019 single work
— Appears in: The Conversation , 12 February 2019;

'Australian scientists have led many crucial scientific breakthroughs – from the manufacturing and processing of penicillin, to the first in-vitro fertilisation pregnancy. Yet there is still a need for science to be more widely appreciated in our broader culture.' (Introduction)

Book Review : Wish Kay Hart , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story Peter Goldsworthy , 1995 single work novel
Poetic Dissection of Childhood Michael McGirr , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24-25 August 2013; (p. 30-31) The Saturday Age , 24 August 2013; (p. 24) The Canberra Times , 24 August 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story Peter Goldsworthy , 1995 single work novel ; His Stupid Boyhood : A Memoir Peter Goldsworthy , 2013 single work autobiography
Introduction James Bradley , 2013 essay
— Appears in: Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story 2013;
Les Murray in a Dhoti : Transnationalizing Australian Literature Paul Sharrad , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 39-36)
'India has faced a similar challenge in establishing the serious study of its own writing in English, one made more problematic by the battle not only to overcome ingrained colonial prejudice against that writing as second-hand imitations of British literature, but because of the resistance from nationalist critics championing writing in the autochthonous languages of the subcontinent. The tactical solution amongst academics in Australia has been in part to accept the consolidation of the field in the national context and to look beyond the national to historical complex networks of literary production and circulation under Empire and to current networks of diasporic movements in and out of Australia. Among other things Sharrad shares that the current calibration of research publications in Australia and the allocation of research grants threaten steadily to concentrate resources around a few key international journals and narrow interpretations of the national interest.' (Editor's abstract)
A Wish that Leaves Much Fulfilled A. P. Riemer , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 October 1995; (p. 11A)

— Review of Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story Peter Goldsworthy , 1995 single work novel
A Gorilla in His Dreams James Bradley , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 October 1995; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story Peter Goldsworthy , 1995 single work novel
Penetrating the Jungle Michael Sharkey , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 November 1995; (p. rev 9)

— Review of Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story Peter Goldsworthy , 1995 single work novel
Sign of the Bizarre Katharine England , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 4 November 1995; (p. 11)

— Review of Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story Peter Goldsworthy , 1995 single work novel
Spoilt by Monkey Business Robin Lucas , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 14 November vol. 116 no. 5996 1995; (p. 97)

— Review of Wish : A Biologically Engineered Love Story Peter Goldsworthy , 1995 single work novel
Unjust Relations : Post-Colonialism and the Species Boundary Helen Tiffin , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Compr(om)ising Post/colonialism(s) : Challenging Narratives and Practices 2001; (p. 30-41)
Tiffin states that her paper attempts to 'open dialogue on the place of animals and speciesism in post-colonial discourses'. Firstly, she wants to 'establish the importance of animals and the question of the species boundary in "othering" and racism'; secondly, she discusses some of the political difficulties involved in pursuing this topic in post-colonial contexts; and thirdly, she focuses on the question of representation, and the way in which Canadian writer Timothy Findley and Australian writer Peter Goldsworthy have tackled the issues of the species boundary and speciesism.
Animal Writes : Ethics, Experiments and Peter Goldsworthy's Wish Helen Tiffin , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 69 no. 1 2009; (p. 36-56)
'Like fellow South Australian resident J.M. Coetzee, Peter Goldsworthy has, in a number of his works, sought to raise crucial ethical issues for a predominantly post-Christian Western world where problems posed by technologies and their products precipitate new moral, ethical and psychological dilemmas. It is increasingly clear that our current legal frameworks and traditional moral guides are inadequate in dealing with developments over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Both John Coetzee and Peter Goldsworthy then, have used fiction to raise these issues, and reaching imaginatively 'outside the box,' drawn our attention to the directions in which we might seek at least partial solutions.'
Les Murray in a Dhoti : Transnationalizing Australian Literature Paul Sharrad , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 39-36)
'India has faced a similar challenge in establishing the serious study of its own writing in English, one made more problematic by the battle not only to overcome ingrained colonial prejudice against that writing as second-hand imitations of British literature, but because of the resistance from nationalist critics championing writing in the autochthonous languages of the subcontinent. The tactical solution amongst academics in Australia has been in part to accept the consolidation of the field in the national context and to look beyond the national to historical complex networks of literary production and circulation under Empire and to current networks of diasporic movements in and out of Australia. Among other things Sharrad shares that the current calibration of research publications in Australia and the allocation of research grants threaten steadily to concentrate resources around a few key international journals and narrow interpretations of the national interest.' (Editor's abstract)
Aping Signs of Human Love Penelope Layland , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 November 1995; (p. 24)
The Primacy of Meaning John Larkin , 1995 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 19 November 1995; (p. 8)
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