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Christina Stead and the Socialist Heritage

Michael Ackland
ISBN: 9781604979336

Christina Stead was acclaimed for her satirical wit and penetrating psychological characterizations. She enjoyed an international reputation in the 1930s and beyond, then went out of favor as a communist-affiliated writer, until she was rediscovered by feminist critics. In this book, Michael Ackland illuminates how the single most important influence on Stead’s life, socialism, has been seriously neglected in studies of her life and work. Read More..

Strangers at Home:

Place, Belonging, and Australian Life Writing
Jack Bowers
ISBN: 9781604979343

"A very accessible and readable volume, as well as intriguing and original in its approach. Bowers has achieved something here that is unique, and that should appeal to anyone who has given any thought to the character of their life, to the stories through which their life is shaped, to the places with which their life is inextricably entangled." —Jeff Malpas, Distinguished Professor, University of Tasmania Read More..

White Apology and Apologia:

Australian Novels of Reconciliation
Liliana Zavaglia
ISBN: 9781604979350

This book takes as its subject a body of recent fiction by white liberal writers in Australia produced in the wake of the profound cultural, political and legal transformations that have taken place in the field of Indigenous rights since the 1990s. engages in close readings of the Mabo ruling, the national Apology and this body of fiction as a form of cultural history, which reflects important aspects of black/white relations in the past twenty-five years. Read More..

The Fiction of Thea Astley

Susan Sheridan
ISBN: 9781604979329

Thea Astley (1925-2004) was one of the outstanding Australian fiction writers of the twentieth century. Despite the deeply Australian objects of her satire, Astley’s innovative fictions have attracted critical attention beyond national boundaries, and her later work, especially, struck a chord with readers in North America. This book examines her works and reveals the reasons why Astley's works resonated with not only Australian readers but also an international audience. Read More..

The Markurells of Wadköping by Hjalmar Bergman

Translated by Johanna Sandberg and Eric Sandberg
Hjalmar Bergman
ISBN: 9781604979169

This new translation of The Markurells of Wadköping — the first in almost a century — illuminates The Markurells of Wadköping as a superb example of European literary modernism at its most accessible and dazzling. Read More..

The Rimbaud of Leeds:

The Political Character of Tony Harrison’s Poetry
Christine Regan
ISBN: 9781604979275

"Meticulously researched ... an unusually astute and impressively well informed guide to the poetry. ... In the age of Trump and Brexit, there is a certain pathos to seeing this one time member of the ‘white working class’ prove so inclined to side with postcolonial peoples in their struggles with the architects of the post-war order. ... Regan’s work offers many new and valuable insights." —English - Journal of the English Association Read More..

Supernatural Sinophone Taiwan and Beyond

Chia-rong Wu
ISBN: 9781604979213

A most welcome addition ... Through a meticulous delineation of the literary aesthetic trajectory, reformulation, and deformation of the zhiguai genre from traditional Chinese culture to modern and contemporary Sinophone Taiwan, Supernatural Sinophone Taiwan and Beyond succeeds in advancing the field of Sinophone studies in several critical directions." —MCLC Read More..

Symptoms of Disorder:

Reading Madness in British Literature 1744-1845
Ilaria Natali and Annalisa Volpone
ISBN: 9781604979251

Few studies have offered a comprehensive picture by looking at the alleged insanity of the writer, and at those linguistic, stylistic and semantic elements which at some stage were commonly believed to be an expression of insanity. This book is one of the first to address the representation of madness from both these intertwined perspectives. Read More..

Giving this Country a Memory:

Contemporary Aboriginal Voices of Australia
Anne Brewster
ISBN: 9781604979114

"Strikes a fine balance between the distancing effect of a scholarly approach and the respect and engagement owed to the Indigenous community ... Brewster’s well-pitched, necessary and timely initiative stands as an indispensable piece of engaged scholarship." — Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia Read More..

The Immortal Maiden Equal to Heaven and Other Precious Scrolls from Western Gansu

Wilt L. Idema
ISBN: 9781604979077

"This addition to a growing body of premodern popular Chinese literature in translation, much of it also by Idema, is something to be celebrated ... there remains incredible value in making obscure, yet compelling, stories such as these available to non-native Chinese readers." —Journal of Chinese Religions Read More..

 

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