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Other editions : Braille ed.

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The Beach as (Hu)man Limit in Gold Coast Narrative Fiction Kelly Palmer , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , June vol. 25 no. 1 2018; (p. 149-162)

'Gold Coast beaches oscillate in the cultural imagination between everyday reality and a tourist's paradise of ‘sun, surf and sex’ (Winchester and Everett 2000: 59). While these narratives of selfhood and becoming, egalitarianism and sexual liberation punctuate the media, Gold Coast literary fictions instead reveal the beach as a site of danger, wholly personifying the unknown. Within Amy Barker's Omega Park, Melissa Lucashenko's Steam Pigs, Georgia Savage's The House Tibet and Matthew Condon's Usher and A Night at the Pink Poodle, the beach is a ‘masculine’ space for testing the limit of the coastline and one's own capacity for survival. This article undertakes a close textual analysis of these novels and surveys other Gold Coast fictions alongside spatial analysis of the Gold Coast coastline. These fictions suggest that the Gold Coast is not simply a holiday world or ‘Crime Capital’ in the cultural imagination, but a mythic space with violent memories, opening out onto an infinite horizon of conflict and estrangement.'

Source: Abstract.

Australian Masculinities Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 97-117)
This criticism looks at the forms of maleness celebrated by Australian writers and how that 'maleness' is not just constructed by men. Women, Pons argues, contribute to this construction.
Untitled Paul Clark , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 20 no. 2 1993; (p. 101-103)

— Review of Usher Matthew Condon , 1991 single work novel
It's Wackyville Tony Maniaty , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 February 1993; (p. rev 7)

— Review of Usher Matthew Condon , 1991 single work novel
Sentimentalizing Corruption Nicholas Mansfield , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 1 1992; (p. 45-46)

— Review of Usher Matthew Condon , 1991 single work novel
Sentimentalizing Corruption Nicholas Mansfield , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 1 1992; (p. 45-46)

— Review of Usher Matthew Condon , 1991 single work novel
Happy Families and a Different Kind of Grieving Simon Hughes , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 September 1991; (p. 11)

— Review of Usher Matthew Condon , 1991 single work novel ; Modern Interiors Andrea Goldsmith , 1991 single work novel ; A Change of Skies Yasmine Gooneratne , 1991 single work novel
Young Beaten Track George Papaellinas , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , July vol. 71 no. 1017 1991; (p. 18)

— Review of Usher Matthew Condon , 1991 single work novel
Now Showing - Don't Miss It Marian Favel Clair Eldridge , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 134 1991; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Usher Matthew Condon , 1991 single work novel
Master of the Cine-Universe A. P. Riemer , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 September 1991; (p. 46)

— Review of Usher Matthew Condon , 1991 single work novel
Australian Masculinities Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 97-117)
This criticism looks at the forms of maleness celebrated by Australian writers and how that 'maleness' is not just constructed by men. Women, Pons argues, contribute to this construction.
The Beach as (Hu)man Limit in Gold Coast Narrative Fiction Kelly Palmer , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , June vol. 25 no. 1 2018; (p. 149-162)

'Gold Coast beaches oscillate in the cultural imagination between everyday reality and a tourist's paradise of ‘sun, surf and sex’ (Winchester and Everett 2000: 59). While these narratives of selfhood and becoming, egalitarianism and sexual liberation punctuate the media, Gold Coast literary fictions instead reveal the beach as a site of danger, wholly personifying the unknown. Within Amy Barker's Omega Park, Melissa Lucashenko's Steam Pigs, Georgia Savage's The House Tibet and Matthew Condon's Usher and A Night at the Pink Poodle, the beach is a ‘masculine’ space for testing the limit of the coastline and one's own capacity for survival. This article undertakes a close textual analysis of these novels and surveys other Gold Coast fictions alongside spatial analysis of the Gold Coast coastline. These fictions suggest that the Gold Coast is not simply a holiday world or ‘Crime Capital’ in the cultural imagination, but a mythic space with violent memories, opening out onto an infinite horizon of conflict and estrangement.'

Source: Abstract.

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