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Issue Details: First known date: 1936... 1936 Sugar Heaven
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* Contents derived from the Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,:The Vulgar Press , 2002 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Sugar Heaven and the Reception of Working Class Texts, Carole Ferrier , single work criticism (p. 264-272)
Benign Benediction, Amanda Lohrey , single work criticism (p. 273-278)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Flemington, Flemington - North Melbourne area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Redback Press , 1982 .
      Extent: viii, 312p.p.
      Edition info: Facsimile reprint of 1936 publication.
      Description: 2 ports.
      ISBN: 0959283927 (pbk.), 0959283919

Works about this Work

Labour in Vain: the Forgotten Novels of Australia’s Radical Women Danae Bosler , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , June 2015;
'Not a month goes by in academia or in literary culture without a debate about Australia’s literary canon and calls for a more inclusive list. Undoubtedly our canon should include more voices from women, the LGBTI community and Indigenous Australians. But I’d like to throw forward another undervalued and underrepresented genre: women’s political agency and activism – and this year might be a good time to acknowledge it.' (Author's introduction)
Jean Devanny’s Fictional Critique of Whiteness and Race Relations in North Queensland Carole Ferrier , 2013 single work
— Appears in: Etropic : Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics , vol. 12 no. 2 2013; (p. 1-20)
'Devanny was a largely forgotten and disregarded figure in Australian political and literary history by the 1960s, but the newly revitalised feminist, race-conscious and postcolonial analyses of the 1970s allowed her work a new relevance. Devanny’s first novels were written in Wellington in the 1920s, and some feature Maori men in relationships with white women. Her Queensland novels begin when she visited the North engaged in political support for the Weil’s disease strike, out of which came Sugar Heaven (1936), and then Paradise Flow (1938)—both of which show white women choosing Migrant men (Italian and Jugoslav) over their white husbands—and after that, a planned cane industry trilogy, of which only the first volume, Cindie (1949), in which the white lady of the house has sex with a South Sea Islander indentured worker, would be published. The (also unpublished) “The Pearlers” offers a depiction of a white patriarch in simultaneous relationships with white and Indigenous women on Thursday Island, where she spent some time in 1948. Devanny moved to Townsville in 1950 to live; she published very little after that, although the already written Travels in North Queensland came out in 1951. The paper will consider how far Devanny can be viewed as working with an early style of 1990s “whiteness theory”, and also how, in this regard, one might think about her depiction (often scanty) of Indigenous characters in her north Queensland fictions.' (Publication abstract)
The Future’s Double-Horizon in Jean Devanny’s Sugar Heaven Karen Barker , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions 2012; (p. 71-83)
From Cosmopolitan Romance to Transnational Fiction : Re-reading Jean Devanny’s Australian Novels Nancy L Paxton , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Ties : Australian Lives in the World 2009; (p. 215-228)
'When Jean Devanny (1894-1962) left New Zealand in 1929 bound for Sydney, she considered Australia 'merely a transit point' and planned to travel on to England, believing it to be 'a more favourable location for a novelist'. Devanny gradually came to accept Australia as her home, as Carole Ferrier argues, because of her 'double commitment' to the Communist Party of Australia and to her development as a writer. While Ferrier's pioneering scholarship and definitive biography offer invaluable insights into Devanny's life and writing, I will suggest another perspective on both by exploring how her experiences in Australia transformed her into a 'transnational' subject. (p.
Place, Colour and Sedition : D. H. Lawrence's Kangaroo, a Study in Environmental Values Humphrey McQueen , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Politics and Culture , no. 3 2006;
Reissued Realism Delys Bird , 2002-2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 247 2002-2003; (p. 61-62)

— Review of Sugar Heaven Jean Devanny , 1936 single work novel ; Distant Land Judah Waten , 1964 single work novel ; The Passage Vance Palmer , 1930 single work novel ; Jonah Louis Stone , 1911 single work novel
Untitled 1936 single work review
— Appears in: Workers' Weekly , 12 May 1936; (p. 4)

— Review of Sugar Heaven Jean Devanny , 1936 single work novel
Untitled 1936 single work review
— Appears in: Workers' Weekly , 22 May 1936; (p. 4)

— Review of Sugar Heaven Jean Devanny , 1936 single work novel
Class War on the Canefields L. H. Gould , 1936 single work review
— Appears in: Workers' Weekly , 19 June 1936; (p. 2)

— Review of Sugar Heaven Jean Devanny , 1936 single work novel
Book Talk 1936 single work review
— Appears in: The Central Queensland Herald , 17 September 1936; (p. 13)

— Review of Sugar Heaven Jean Devanny , 1936 single work novel
'These Girls Are on the Right Track' : Hardy, Devanny and Hewett Carole Ferrier , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Frank Hardy and the Literature of Commitment 2003; (p. 71-87)
'Frank Hardy, Jean Devanny and Dorothy Hewett were all significantly influenced as writers by their membership of the Communist Party, and the views of art and culture dominant in or debated around the Party; expectations in particular of what the 'social realist' novel should or might be impacted upon the work of all three. This essay addresses some issues of politics, committed writing and sexual politics, with particular reference to how these were played out for writers who were communists in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.' (p.71)
Women in North Queensland Pauline Cahir , 1975 single work essay
— Appears in: Lectures on North Queensland History : Second Series 1975; (p. 97-117)
Discusses the lives of women in North Queensland. Mentions several North Queensland newspapers, as well as a number of novels featuring North Queensland women.
Sex, Strikes and Politics: Jean Devanny's Sugar Heaven Bruce Molloy , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interconnections , November vol. 2 no. 1 1977; (p. 27-32)
Remember Love and Struggle? Reading Jean Devanny's Sugar Heaven in Contemporary Australian Contexts Nicole Moore , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 21 no. 3 2004; (p. 251-263)
Devanny's novel Sugar Heaven was re-released in 2002 some 65 years after its first publication. The momentous historical and political changes since the time of writing prompts the author of this article to ask : 'what will new readers make of its concerns as socialist realism, its strict genre observances and heuristic political aims, and its portrait of a cosmopolitan yet strongly localised Australian working class as the class of history?' (252). In analysing these issues, the article also considers trends in contemporary criticism and recent Australian fiction.
Benign Benediction Amanda Lohrey , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sugar Heaven 2002; (p. 273-278)
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  • Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • 1930s
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