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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Strange Way to Grow Up : Uncertain Identities and Traumatic Childhood in Roberta Syke's Snake Cradle
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'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)

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    y separately published work icon Change - Conflict and Convergence : Austral-Asian Scenarios Cynthia Van Den Driesen (editor), Ian H. Van Den Driesen (editor), New Delhi : Orient Blackswan , 2010 Z1820359 2010 single work criticism '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)
    New Delhi : Orient Blackswan , 2010
    pg. 35-42
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