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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Drops of Light Coalescing : Studies for Maria Teresa Bindella
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The writings collected in this book pay homage to the academic credited with relevant studies on canonical authors like Scott, Hardy and Stevenson, and to the explorer who ventured into the new waters of colonial and post-colonial literatures in English, as well as to the teacher who, wanting to give her students first-hand experience of this subject, convened conferences and organized meetings with writers and critics from Australia, Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific. The volume contains papers in English and Italian touching on her academic fields of interest or covering interrelated research areas, and creative pieces or short memoirs by writers and colleagues (Italian and international), friends, former students – all of whom have had the opportunity and pleasure of appreciating Maria Teresa Bindella’s contribution in her various capacities over the years (publisher website).


  • Contents indexed selectively.
  • Contains pieces in English and in Italian.


* Contents derived from the Udine,
Western Europe, Europe,
Forum : The University of Udine Press , 2010 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Secret Lives of Spies and Novelists : Herbert Dyce Murphy and Patrick White, Bruce Bennett , single work criticism
'The paper's "core" is the "secret life" of two Australians who worked for brief periods in intelligence and transmuted aspects of their experience in stories they subsequently told. Herbert Dyce Murphy's depiction of himself as "lady spy" in Europe in the early 1900s came to influence Australia's premier novelist Patrick White in the characterisation of his homosexual protagonist in White's novel The Twyborn Affair (1979). For Dyce Murphy and White, as for W. H. Auden and others, the image of the spy held imaginative appeal as a way of projecting the necessary disguises, subterfuges and possibilities that a life of secrecy entailed.' (278)
(p. 123-131)
Called by the Land to Enter the Land, Veronica Brady , single work essay
'Setting out with an anecdote/parable the critic explores of the relation/dialogue with the land of Australia as seen by its time-honoured inhabitants, the Aborigines, and its later conquerors, the Australians of European descent - arguing that the Aborigines' way of living in it and loving it instead of treating it as property, in Cixous' terms, a "feminine" approach as opposed to a "masculine" one, can teach the latter-day Australians a new ecology, and enable them to learn the natural rhythms of the land, and possibly achieve the Utopia of a harmonious intertwining of man and nature undisturbed by the ideology of profit.' (279)
(p. 153-157)
Indigenous Representations in K. S Prichard and Sia Figiel's Short Fiction, Annalisa Pes , single work criticism
'The focus is on the representations of indigenous cultures and customs in Katharine Susannah Prichard's short fiction (1929-1959) and in Sia Figiel's short story cycle Where We Once Belonged (1996). If the white Australian writer's narratives interpret the Aboriginal perspective, Samoan Sia Figiel, instead, tells her stories from the point of view of her own people. The paper aims at investigating the different narrative modes and emotional approaches of two writers, removed in place and time, prompted by diverse, but converging, reasons to denounce the effects of white colonization on native peoples. Prichard's commitment to socialism and realist writing determined her passionate involvement in the Aboriginal cause and her dealing with the problematic issues of exploitation and power structures. On the other hand, Figiel's indigenous voice, modulated through the typically South Pacific structure of su'ifefiloi, conveys a composite oral heritage meant to contrast western cultural impositions, and to assert the natives' right to tell their own stories in their own words.' (283)
(p. 199-210)
Tuning into the Sound of Imagination : David Malouf's Typewriter Music, Antonella Riem Natale , single work criticism
'An in-depth analysis of the archetypal and metaphysical connection in David Malouf's Typewriter Music, between word, rhythm and imagination as manifestation of Being - or the Goddess, the Spiritual energy manifested in the universe. The use of the word, as always in Malouf, shows how the power of imagination embodied in the sound and rhythm of small everyday things, opens up a whole transcendent universe to the reader. Language in Malouf is a multifaceted, sensuous and tentacular medium that originates from a deep contact between things and peoples. Malouf's language gives voice, form and body to what is immaterial, to the spirit inherent in matter.' (283)
(p. 211-222)
Maria Teresa Bindella and Australia : A Memoir, Laurie Hergenhan , single work autobiography (p. 253-255)
The Ordinary Human Being Museum, Brian Matthews , single work short story (p. 257-265)
Maria Teresa Bindella and the Golden Globe, Antonella Riem Natale , single work autobiography (p. 271-272)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Language: English , Italian
    • Udine,
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Forum : The University of Udine Press ,
      2010 .
      Extent: 294p.
      ISBN: 9788884206015, 8884206014
      Series: y separately published work icon ALL Associazione Laureati/e in Lingue; Association of Graduates in Modern Languages Forum : The University of Udine Press (publisher), Udine : Forum : The University of Udine Press , Z1796093 series - publisher criticism This book series crosses disciplinary boundaries in literary criticism, linguistics (theoretical and applied) and creative writing, explores complex and fast changing cultural landscapes and maps out new paths in 'different' territories by means of experimental, multidisciplinary, poetic and artistic studies where cultures of partnership can be developed. ALL, the acronym of Associazione Laureati/e in Lingue (Association of Graduates in Modern Languages) means everything and everybody: this is our starting point in an open journey of discovery (publisher website).
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