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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Diaspora : The Australasian Experience
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    • Proceedings of the third ASAA (Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia) conference held at the University of Kerela, Thiruvananthapuram, in July 2004.
    • Contents indexed selectively. The volume contains a number of socio-cultural articles as well as those that offer literary perspectives.


* Contents derived from the New Delhi,
South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Prestige Books , 2005 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Home and Horizon, Bill Ashcroft , single work criticism
Ashcroft discusses the conceptual and actual boundaries which contain/construct the notion of 'home'. He suggests that 'home' is deeply connected to a sense of self and 'like that sense of self, "home" brings with it the inescapable tyranny of limits, of borders. Whether home is a place, a location, a feeling, a tradition, an ethnicity, it carries with it the sometimes imperceptible, but ever-present reality of boundaries'. He illustrates this argument with examples from Arnold Zable's Jewels and Ashes (1991) and Ameican writer Toni Morrison's Paradise (1998) as well as a number of critical texts.
(p. 45-58)
Killing Me Softly: Storytelling, Ageing and the Migrant Experience, Kateryna Olijnyk Longley , single work criticism
This article considers the 'demise of the family story-telling tradition' and emphasises the importance of the telling of life-narratives in the process of ageing. Longley focuses on 'migrant' families and takes examples from her own experience. The article contains much autobiographical and biographical material and is illustrated with portraits showing Longley's parents, herself and her siblings.
(p. 87-103)
Some Reflections on Selected Writings by Indian Writers in Australia, R. K. Dhawan , single work criticism
This short article provides a comparative analysis of the works listed. Dhawan concludes that the differences depicted in the literary works examined (which he reads as largely autobiographical) override any superficial similarities, regardless of the fact that each of the Australian-born writers has their 'original base-inheritance' in India.
(p. 169-176)
The Anglo-Indian (Raj) Diaspora in Australasia, Ralph J. Crane , single work criticism
The term 'Anglo-Indian (Raj)' is used to identify the white colonial population of India rather than the 'mixed-race' community to whom the term is now most usually applied. Crane describes how links between Australia and India were already established by the early nineteenth century. He then goes on to compare two pieces of 'mutiny literature' - the short story 'Mrs James Greene', from Ethel Anderson's Indian Tales (1948), and Sir Gilbert Leigh or Pages from the History of an Eventful Life, a little known novel by New Zealand writer W. L. Rees.
(p. 177-187)
Twice Banished: Exile and Displacement in Nandan's Requiem for a Rainbow, Malati Mathur , single work criticism
This article focuses on the 'double-displacement' that affects those of Indian origin who emigrate from the countries their forebears were sent to as indentured labour. It also examines the concept of 'home' and, in particular, the sense of both multiplicity and fracture which accompany the notion of home in Satendra Nandan's autobiography.
(p. 188-197)
Ania Walwicz: The Migrant Poet on Australian Soil, N. Bindu , single work criticism (p. 198-204)
Ambiguity and Indigeneity in Hasluck's The Country Without Music, Srilata Ravi , single work criticism (p. 205-212)
Satendra Nandan's Requiem for a Rainbow: A Critical Study, D. K. Pabby , single work criticism
This article considers the importance Satendra Nandan places on the writing, reading and study of literature, which he believes may affect 'a healing touch' to 'the anguished soul'.
(p. 213-219)
S. Asian Odysseys in Australia - W/Here Is 'Home'?, Cynthia Van Den Driesen , single work criticism
This is a short, comparative account of the works listed which examines the portrayal of Australia and Australians in each text. Driesen chooses not to emphasise issues relating to displacement and loss (what she terms 'the shadow-side of the experience of diaspora'), focusing instead on the positive aspects of migration.
(p. 220-231)
Endurance and Survival: Lazaroo's An Australian Fiance, Sunitha Byrappa , single work criticism
In this reading of Lazaroo's An Australian Fiance Byrappa uses feminist critical theories to emphasise endurance and survival against the odds.
(p. 232-239)
Spacing the Third 'I' in Diaspora Writings, Keya Majumdar , single work criticism
Majumdar compares Yasmine Gooneratne's A Change of Skies (1991) to The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003).
(p. 240-248)
The Visionary Symphony in Hasluck's The Country Without Music, K. Reghunadhan Pillai , single work criticism
Pillai argues that only creole music provides a sanctuary against the 'cycle of violence and protest and struggle for human rights' in the novel examined.
(p. 249-254)
Dieter at the Wheeli"India brought us together", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 400-402)
Mayai"An empty chair", S. C. Harrex , single work poetry (p. 402)
Being Somewhere Else: Diaspora as a Form of Alibi, Nicholas Hasluck , single work essay
In this essay Hasluck comments on 'diaspora' and describes some of the ruminations that led to the creation of his novel, The Country Without Music. He ties the Borgesian preoccupation with illusion and reality to the notion (in law) of the alibi and then links both to the concept of diaspora. Hasluck discusses how fictive alternatives (what if the French had colonised Australia?) and alternative communities form some of the themes that animate his novel.
(p. 403-409)
An Aspect of Valtellinese Diaspora : Lombardy to Western Australia (1895-1960) - 'The Entombed Miner, Easter 1907', Glen Phillips , single work criticism
This work is a 'ficto-critical look at an unusual example of diaspora where over a period of more than 100 years a small but continuous stream of Valtellinesi working men (from Lombardy valley in north Italy) and their wives and families - the latter following the breadwinner years later in most cases - migrated from what was in those days one of the poorest areas in the Italian Alps to find a new life. They began working at first in the gold-mining industry in Western Australia.' (Source: Author's introduction, Southerly, 2011)
(p. 410-423)
Near Death Experience, No. 1 (The Entombed Miner, Easter 1907)i"Since it was so rare to me", Glen Phillips , single work poetry (p. 413-420)
Note: Poem appears within the criticism, 'An Aspect of the Valtellinese Diaspora: Lombardy to Western Australia (1895-1960) and "The Entombed Miner"'.
The Italian Diaspora in Australia and Representations of Italians and Italy in Australian Literature, Antonio Casella , single work essay
This essay includes biographical information regarding the Casella family's arrival in Western Australia.
(p. 424-427)
An Olive Branch for Sante, Antonio Casella , extract novel
'In this scene Ira-Jane is planning to go to Sicily on a journalistic assignment, whilst there she hopes to catch up with an old couple who had been grandparents to her in her childhood in Perth.'
(p. 428-432)
Memorialising the Lost Past, Simone Lazaroo , single work criticism (p. 433-438)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New Delhi,
      South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      Prestige Books ,
      2005 .
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      Extent: 544p.
      Description: illus., ports
      ISBN: 8175511761 (hbk)

Works about this Work

Australia in Asia - Asia in Australia : An Intercontinental Cultural Discourse Dieter Riemenschneider , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Asiatic , December vol. 2 no. 2 2008; (p. 111-119)
Review essay.
Australia in Asia - Asia in Australia : An Intercontinental Cultural Discourse Dieter Riemenschneider , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Asiatic , December vol. 2 no. 2 2008; (p. 111-119)
Review essay.
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