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Issue Details: First known date: 1936... 1936 Return to Coolami
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Landscapes and Mindscapes : The Confluence of Modernism and Ecopoetics in Eleanor Dark’s Return to Coolami Kathleen Davidson , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Philament , December vol. 24 no. 2 2018; (p. 15-32)

In her entry on Eleanor Dark in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Marivic Wyndham notes that “psychology fascinated Dark, and the bush was her physical and spiritual solace.” As Wyndham continues, “[Dark] drew compelling landscapes of the mind and of the Australian natural environment.”1 This article will discuss the dissolution of boundaries between the landscape and mindscape in Dark’s work, and it will consider how the natural world infiltrates modernist explorations of interiority in Dark’s third published novel, Return to Coolami (1936).2 In examining the convergence of modernism and ecopoetics in Dark’s prose, this essay brings together two supposedly distinct modes of critical enquiry: environmental humanities scholarship and modernism studies. By exploring the intersection of these two approaches, this reading will challenge the binary conception in which modernist texts lack any authorial, subjective, or narratorial investment in the natural world and, in so doing, bring to light a range of complementarities between ecopoetics and modernism. In Return to Coolami, the natural world inescapably affects human interiority, and Dark’s eco-modern prose precipitates a new awareness of ecological being that complicates anthropocentric worldviews.' (Introduction)

'Adjusted Vision' : Interwar Settler Modernism in Eleanor Dark's Return to Coolami Melinda Cooper , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , 9 July vol. 33 no. 2 2018;

'This essay uses the interwar writing of Eleanor Dark to destabilise the binary between nationalist-realism and experimental modernism in accounts of Australian literature. Dark’s novels mix modernist and experimental styles with middlebrow and vernacular forms, while also legitimating settler nationalist desires. This constellation was not unique to Dark but was part of a broader phenomenon which I call interwar settler modernism: the modernism produced by settler artists and writers between the wars, often through a promiscuous engagement with elite, middlebrow and vernacular forms of culture. Dark’s novel Return to Coolami (1936) exemplifies interwar settler modernism, combining recognisably modernist techniques with middlebrow romance, elements of vernacular culture such as photography, cinema and motor travel, and cultural-nationalist ideas. This study traces some of the contours of interwar settler modernism through examining Dark’s ideas about visual perception, time, memory and interior psychological states. It will explore the implications of settler modernism for studies of Australian literature and, more broadly, for global modernism studies.'

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‘This Long and Shining Finger of the Sea Itself’ : Sydney Harbour and Regional Cosmopolitanism in Eleanor Dark’s Waterway Melinda Cooper , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 17 no. 1 2017;

'In Eleanor Dark’s novel Waterway (1938), Professor Channon is prompted by the ominous international headline ‘Failure of Peace Talks’ to imagine the world from a global perspective (120). Channon feels himself metaphorically ‘lifted away from the earth … seeing it from an incredible distance, and with an incredible, an all-embracing comprehension’ (119-20). This move outward from a located perspective to ‘a more detached overview of a wider global space’ signifies a cosmopolitan viewpoint, ‘in which the viewing subject rises above the placebound attachments of the nation-state to take the measure of the world as a wider totality’ (Hegglund 8-9). Yet even this global view is mediated by Channon’s position from within ‘a great island continent alone in its south sea’ (121). Gazing from a ‘vast distance,’ he views Europe as ‘the patches where parasitic man had lived longest and most densely,’ and from which humankind ‘went out to infect fresh lands’ (120). This description of old world Europe as ‘parasitic’ provides a glimpse of resistant nationalism, reflecting Channon’s location within one of the ‘fresh lands’ affected by colonisation. Channon is ultimately unable to sustain a ‘Godlike’ perspective in this scene, desiring ‘nothing but to return’ to local place (121). Although his view initially ‘vaults beyond the bounds of national affiliation’ (Alexander and Moran 4), this move outward does not ‘nullify an affective attachment to the more grounded locations of human attachment’ (Hegglund 20). Channon’s return to the ‘shabby home … of his own humanity’ brings a renewed sense of connection to ‘the sun-warmed rail of the gate’ and ‘the faint breeze [which] ruffled the hair back from his forehead’ (122).' (Introduction)

The Difficult Business of Writing : The Story of Return to Coolami's Publication Helen Gildfind , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 157-160)
'In Eleanor Dark's archive, there seems to be an infinite number of royalty statements, contracts, and letters between her, Curtis Brown, and American and British publishers. In her article discussing the ill-fated publishing history of Prelude to Christopher, Drusilla Modjeska does an excellent job of untangling a story from such documents, Prelude. Here, Gildfind discusses Coolami's publication story.' (Publication abstract)
The Sydney Harbour Bridge : From Modernity to Post-Modernity in Australian Fiction Paul Genoni , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 12 no. 1 2012;
'This paper considers a recent spate of novels that deal in various ways with the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These include Peter Corris's Wet Graves; Alex Miller's Conditions of Faith; Vicki Hastrich's ; and Sarah Hay's The Body in the Clouds. It is argued that these novels, written so long after the bridge's completion, are each grappling with the transformation of this icon of Australian modernism into the significant component in the nation's foremost experience of postmodern urban space - Circular Quay.' (Author's abstract)
Recent Books : Digest of the Month's Reading G. F. , 1946 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , December vol. 1 no. 6 1946; (p. 261)

— Review of Six Times Six : Poems Yvonne Webb , 1940-1949 selected work poetry ; Sun Across the Sky Eleanor Dark , 1937 single work novel ; Waterway Eleanor Dark , 1938 single work novel ; Return to Coolami Eleanor Dark , 1936 single work novel
New Australian Work Frederick T. Macartney , 1936 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 11 April vol. 8 no. 4 1936; (p. 53-55)

— Review of Return to Coolami Eleanor Dark , 1936 single work novel ; The Glasshouse M. Barnard Eldershaw , 1936 single work novel ; Selected Poems Marion Miller Knowles , 1935 selected work poetry
Australian Literature Society [Meeting Report] F. G. G. Hynes , 1936 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 13 July vol. 8 no. 7 1936; (p. 111-112)

— Review of Central Australia C. T. Madigan , 1936 single work prose ; Maidens Beware : A Novel Mary Mitchell , 1936 single work novel ; Return to Coolami Eleanor Dark , 1936 single work novel ; The Foundations of Culture in Australia : An Essay Towards National Self-respect P. R. Stephensen , 1936 single work criticism ; She Travelled Alone in Spain Nina Murdoch , 1935 single work prose ; The Devil's First : A Novel Edouard A. Aujard , 1935 single work novel
The programme for the June meeting comprised six reviews of recent Australian books.
New Australian Books Frederick T. Macartney , 1937 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 October vol. 9 no. 10 1937; (p. 151)

— Review of Legend For Sanderson Vance Palmer , 1937 single work novel ; A Murder in Sydney : A Novel Leonard Mann , 1937 single work novel ; Return to Coolami Eleanor Dark , 1936 single work novel ; Decline and Fall of a British Matron : A Caustic Comedy Mary Mitchell , 1937 single work novel ; The Awakening G. D. Mitchell , 1937 single work novel
Untitled 1936 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 March 1936; (p. 18)

— Review of Return to Coolami Eleanor Dark , 1936 single work novel
Best Sellers, Etc. 1936 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 March vol. 8 no. 3 1936; (p. 42)
Untitled Bookman , 1936 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 15 February 1936; (p. 18)
Australian Literature Society [Meeting Report] F. G. G. Hynes , 1937 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 October vol. 9 no. 10 1937; (p. 162-163)
Includes a list of competitions of novels awarded the Society's gold medal. Doris hayball spoke on 'Opportunities Abroad for Australians'. C.R. Long delivered the main address 'Origin and Results of Douglas Sladen's A Century of Australian Song'.
y separately published work icon Time and Memory in the Novels of Eleanor Dark Helen O'Reilly , Kensington : 2009 Z1596660 2009 single work thesis

'In this thesis I will demonstrate that Eleanor Dark's over-riding themes are time and memory. Time informs the structure of her novels, she juxtaposes past and present. Memory in all its aspects, personal, cultural, racial dominates both her contemporary novels and The Timeless Land trilogy. The thesis considers Dark's fiction in sequence to chart her treatment oftime and memory.

'Simultaneously Dark was reaching into her own reservoir of memory and transfiguring her own experience in the characters, events and locations of her novels. In this oblique way, and through this unique form of modelling, Dark reveals little known areas of her life. Biographically Dark remains elusive; the surface events of her life are well documented but do not account for the drama of her character portrayals, the immediacy of her perceptions of the natural world, her deep intellectual responses to art, literature and politics, as well as her preoccupation with time.

'It is my contention that Dark's creative thrust was inwards; she developed the inner processes of memory and imagination. Time and memory cohere in her novels; under scrutiny they bring new interpretations to her work, and new insights into her life.' (Author's abstract)

Eleanor Dark M. Barnard Eldershaw , 1938 single work criticism
— Appears in: Essays in Australian Fiction 1938; (p. 182-198)
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