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Alternative title: Narrativa Australiana
Issue Details: First known date: 2005... vol. 5/6 Estate 2005 of Crocevia : Scritture Straniere, Migranti e di Viaggio est. 2004 Crocevia : Scritture Straniere, Migranti e di Viaggio
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  • Includes 8 indigenous stories ('Storie degli Aborigeni') which have not been indexed, as their source is not clear. Also includes article by John Pilger, 'La Musica dell' Uomo Bianco' (translation of 'The White Man's Tune' in Distant Voices (1992)).
  • Contents indexed selectively.


* Contents derived from the 2005 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Dingoess 777, B. Wongar , 1993 single work short story Dingo 777 (p. 13-17)
Spirit Woman, Archie Weller , 1997 single work short story Donna Spirito (p. 18-27)
The Flowering Broombush, Antonio Casella , 1994 single work short story La Ginestra in Fiore (p. 28-34)
Giorni Lontani, Charles D'Aprano , 1979 single work short story (p. 35-47)
Note: 'Tratto da Old Wine in New Bottles'.
Market Forces, Michael Wilding , 1999 single work short story Forze di Mercato (p. 48-54)
Cloaca Massima, Michael Reynolds , 2005 single work short story (p. 55-61)
Mademoiselle Joyce (from a work-in-progress), Suneeta Peres da Costa , 2005 extract novel (p. 62-68)
The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story

First appearing in The Bulletin in 1892, Henry Lawson's short story 'The Drovers Wife' is today regarded as a seminal work in the Australian literary tradition. Noted for it's depiction of the bush as harsh, potentially threatening and both isolated and isolating, the story opens with a simple enough premise: an aggressive--and presumably deadly--snake disrupts the working life of a bushwoman and her young children. Brave but cautious, the woman resolves to protect her children since her husband is, characteristically, away from home and of no help. 

As time passes within the story, tension builds, and the snake's symbolic threat takes on layers of meaning as the sleepless heroine recalls previous challenges she faced while her husband was away. A series of flashbacks and recollections propel the story through the single night over which it takes place, and by the time the climax arrives--the confrontation with the snake--readers have learned much about the heroine's strengths and fears, most of the latter involving the loss of children and dark figures who encroach upon her small, vulnerable homestead. To be sure, this "darkness" is highly symbolic, and Lawson's use of imagery invokes Western notions of good and evil as well as gendered and racial stereotypes. 

La Moglie del Drover
(p. 69-75)
The Drover's Wife, Murray Bail , 1975 single work short story La Moglie del Drover (p. 76-80)
The Drover's Wife, Frank Moorhouse , 1980 single work short story satire humour La Moglie del Drover (p. 81-87)
Convolvulus, John Griffin , 2000 single work short story Convolvolo (p. 88-103)
Dall'Esilio ai Nostri Giorni : L'Elemento Migrante nella Scrittura Australiana, Bernard Hickey , 2005 single work criticism (p. 138-147)
Figuring the Sacred : Geography, Spirituality and Literature, Elaine Lindsay , 1995 single work criticism L'Idea del Sacro : Geografia, Spiritualita' e Letteratura (p. 152-160)
Postcard from Sydney [1] : Home, James, Clive James , 1984 single work prose Casa, James (p. 202-208)
L'Altro Lato della Strada, Jennifer Compton , 2005 single work short story (p. 209-213)

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