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    Hurricanes, Snakes and Landlords: Class exploitation and the 'suburban dream' of Italians in Australia
    (Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2008-11) Ricatti, Francesco
    Central to the social processes and economic development of Australia and many other western countries during the 1950s and early 1960s was the realisation of the 'suburban dream'. Considering the perspective of Italian women in Australia helps to uncover the class, gender and ethnic exploitation that sustained this dream. In this article, letters written by two Italian migrant women in the late 1950s and early 1960s are considered.
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    Recent Perceptions of Rural Australia in Italian and Italian Australian Narrative
    (Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2008-11) Rando, Gaetano
    Italian settlement in rural and outback areas of Australia during the late 1800s and early 1900s has remained a largely unsung saga while most Italians migrating to Australia after 1947 ultimately settled in urban areas. Few narrative writers have written about non-urban Australia in substantially social realist terms. More recently, this trend had taken a post-modern perspective in a few Italian Australian and Italian writers who depict the Australian outback as providing a solution to the protagonists' life quest and promote a discourse on nature as a dynamic, positive and vital element that contrasts with man's static negativism.
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    Uneasy Bedfellows: Assessing the creative thesis and its exegesis
    (The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2009-10) Kroll, Jeri
    Since creative writing is being formalised in coherent programs and assessment methods are under scrutiny, we must mediate the problematic relationship between this new discipline and the academy more effectively. Honours and postgraduate theses with a creative component are a growing industry in Australian universities. Students write fiction, poetry and drama as well as theorise their practice. Some create picture books and scrutinise the visual and verbal narratives. Students question their own efforts, however, in a manner that varies from literary critics. Whatever "ism" postgraduates favour, they have one thing in common. They are aware during the process of creation of how their understanding of what literature is affects their work. They make conscious decisions based on their critical formulations. Or do they?
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    Imagination and Marketability: What do writers do for a living?
    (The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 1998-04) Kroll, Jeri
    If recent statistics are reliable, most Australian writers pursue their craft as a vocation, not as a means to a living wage. These statistics might not dampen the enthusiasm of students who might be years away from facing their implications, yet virtually all teachers of creative writing who have ever freelanced or tried to supplement their incomes in a meaningful way by publishing, realise the seriousness of them. This paper will first canvass the reasons students enrol in writing topics, then consider how realistic their aims are in light of current publishing practice and finally focus on three successful writers for young people to evaluate those aims in the light of professional experience.
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    Living on the Edge: Creative writers in higher education
    (The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2010-04) Kroll, Jeri
    This paper focuses on creative writing and considers how we might write across and beyond boundaries between genres, between disciplines and between audiences. Using principles from action research and practice-led research as jumping off points, it suggests that rather than making absolute statements, writing research can also be about 'surveying, mapping, even realms that are yet to come' (Deleuze and Guattari 1987: 4-5). This paper goes on to examine WH Auden's poem 'Musée des Beaux Arts' (composed 1938) to demonstrate this approach. Then it introduces Heinz Insu Fenkl's theory of 'interstitial' works (Fenkl 2003: 1) and considers how it relates to fluid conceptions of research in the 21st century that can reinvigorate writing as well as teaching. It concludes that writer-teachers do not need to offer students rigid templates; they can encourage them to see research methodologies as if they were travel guides, enabling them to explore new frontiers themselves.
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    The supervisor as practice-led coach and trainer: getting creative writing doctoral candidates across the finish line
    (Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2009-10) Kroll, Jeri
    Multitasking supervisor-trainers who oversee the hybrid creative writing thesis have a role that is complicated by the multiplicity of theoretical and structural pathways available to shape the hybrid thesis. The dialectical process of supervisors interrogating their performance replicates, to some extent, how candidates undertake practice-led research, which involves posing questions and modifying strategies as a thesis progresses.
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    Honouring Students: What can a successful creative writing honours program offer?
    (The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2000-10) Kroll, Jeri
    This paper explores the turf of creative writing honours students. When they begin, do honours students have a clear idea of what they want? For example, how ready are they to be independent and to be judged by professional standards? Do they no longer need intensive literary study? How connected is their work with possible career pathways once they graduate? This paper investigates these questions within the context of the mercurial nature of undergraduate and postgraduate programs of creative writing around Australia and the concomitant debates about the vexed relationship between literary criticism and creative writing as well as the nature of research. It acknowledges the diversity of approaches and highlights some that this writer has found useful.
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    A or C: Can we assess creative work fairly?
    (Australian Association of Writing Programs, 1997-04) Kroll, Jeri
    Assessment is of prime concern to students and their teachers. Marks affect students psychologically; more to the point, in our 'clever country,' students know that what appears on their transcript might determine whether they are granted a job interview. To complicate matters, teachers in our sceptical century have found assessment in many arts subjects problematic, especially those where the quality of the argument and the expression itself are the issues. In the case of creative writing, students produce and are therefore in charge of the content to some degree; they are personally involved in what comes from their own imaginations. Teachers also function as individual readers with their own tastes and prejudices.
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    From the Mother Workshops: A mixed genre project
    (The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2000-04) Kroll, Jeri
    The author's observations of her mother's cremation.
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    Creative Writing as Research and the Dilemma of Accreditation: How do we prove the value of what we do?
    (The Australian Association of Writing Programs, 2002-04) Kroll, Jeri
    What kind of cultural capital is writing? This paper explores the complexities of this situation, including the conundrum of research equivalence, canvasses the responses to this dilemma from other arts disciplines, and then proposes a strategy for evaluating the diverse types of discourse teachers and students of writing programs in Australia produce.
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    Final Copy
    (Social Alternatives, 2005) Kroll, Jeri
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    How to Write a 'How to Write' Book: The Writer as Entrepreneur
    (2005) Kroll, Jeri; Evans, Stephen Geoffrey