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'This is the fourth volume in the series of Australian-Asian Association publications and carries on the interdisciplinary and international tradition of the same. The intensely provocative theme of 'change' is traced through motifs of convergence or conflict across a multiplicity of disciplines. The volume has attracted contributions from some of the best-known authorities in their different fields. The papers cover subjects ranging from Sri Lankan cricket to diplomacy on the world scene; from literary 'blogging' to trade performance; from Bollywood audiences to aboriginal rights in Australia and the development of Australian studies in Spain; from a nineteenth-century Shakespeare production in Sri Lanka to a performance of Bizet's 'The Pearl Fishers' in Sydney. They cover the phenomenon of change as it manifests itself in a range of disciplines and highlight
shared commonalities as well as contrasted experiences and perspectives. The book is a record of the richness of the dialogue between disparate groups connected by scholarly interest and intellectual curiosity, in fact, a global academic community.' (Publisher's blurb)
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* Contents derived from the New Delhi,
South Asia,South and East Asia,Asia,:Orient Blackswan,2010 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'Early childhood memories are like pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle,' says Roberta Sykes (1997) in her autobiography, Snake Dreaming (1997, 4). She spends her life in assembling and organising these pieces in order to understand the complete picture. But, these pictures, accessed with difficulty, slip in and out of alignment quite often, thus distorting and complicating the already incomplete picture. These pieces consist of incidents that occur, people she met and people she did not meet, but whom she continues to speculate on as they were conspicuous by their absence; place that she was familiar with; and beyond that the secrets that she also had to hide securely. Like Old Nick who haunts her mother's dreams, her childhood haunts Roberta Sykes, not only dreams but through every waking moment of her life.' (Author's introduction p. 35)
Bill Ashcroft explores the 'somewhat outrageous idea of Australia as an alternative modernity'. He states: 'This appears absurd on the face of it because Australia is a westernised, developed nation. It appears even more absurd as we emerge out of eleven years of slavish adherence to American unilateralism. Therefore, I realise that I am walking on very thin ice here. However, the habit has been to think of alternative modernities as alternative to the West...' (p. 81)
'This article attempts to locate Patrick White's Voss within postcolonial and postmodern discourse, focussing on themes of identity, space, history and belonging. Written in 1957, the test is a fusion of fact and fiction and in its intermingling of genres accommodates varying ideas as well as responses. Underlying the narrative is a determined attempt by White to comprehend past narratives of the Australian continent and its inhabitants so as to grasp some understandings about them and possibly reconstitute a new world.' (p. 125)
'The focus of this study will be the manner in which identity is negotiated in Yasmine Gooneratne's first novel A Change of Skies. A 'migrant' or 'expatriate' writer writing from the periphery, Gooneratne tries to create her own postcolonial identity through her fiction...' (p.141)
In this paper Glen Phillips shows 'how 221 years ago the British and European desire to create a new nation in Australia was partly motivated by a wish to escape the pollution and overcrowding of their nations' cities.' (p152)