Alternative title: Australia’s Asia, Past and Present : Southeast Asian Backgrounds in Hsu-Ming Teo’s Fiction
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 ‘Hours of Morbid Entertainment’ : Self-Irony and Replayed Clichés in Hsu-Ming Teo’s Fiction
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This article examines the representation of Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian immigrants in popular Australian fiction. In a close analysis of Hsu-Ming Teo's first novel Love and Vertigo (2000), it draws attention both to the potential and the problems of self-irony in what have chiefly been read as autobiographically inspired texts. Parodic elements may constructively rupture common readerly expectations of an 'Asian past' and hence demand a larger rethinking of prevailing conceptuali-sations of diaspora and diasporic writing. Yet the use of parody has also got its limitations and is symptomatically often edited out in the texts' reception. [Author's abstract]

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    y JASAL Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature; Transnational Imaginaries: Reading Asian Australian Writing vol. 12 no. 2 Wenche Ommundsen (editor), 2012 Z1916644 2012 periodical issue A special issue based on papers presented at the September 2011 Asian Australian Writing Workshop at the University of Wollongong. 2012
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