No 248 - February 2003

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Tim Rowse on Keith Windschutte's The Fabrication of Aboriginal History
Gideon Haigh reviews Lindie Clark's Finding a Common Interest
Ilana Snyder reviews Digital Hemlock
Ros Pesman reviews Visits Home and In Search of Kings

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    Feminine Guardian of the Green Core. "Jane Austen and the Theatre" by Penny Gay, "Romantic Austen: Sexual Politics and the Literary Canon" by Clara Tuite and "Recreating Jane Austen" by John Wiltshire. [review]
    (Australian Book Review, 2003-02) Wilkes, Joanne
    These three new books, all by Australian academics, offer notable contributions to Austen studies. Penny Gay's "Jane Austen and the Theatre" highlights Austen's strong liking for theatrical performances, and discusses how plays, some of them by now-obscure women playwrights, were important influences on her novels. John Wiltshire's "Recreating Jane Austen" is also concerned with questions of creative influence: how biographers engaged with Austen, how Austen responded to Shakespeare, and how film and television have appropriated Austen's works. Meanwhile, in "Romantic Austen", Clara Tuite examines both present and past, arguing that Austen's novels themselves, in tandem with Romantic and post-Romantic cultural developments, created their own canonical and hence dehistoricised status.
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    Making Oz Lit. "The Making of the Australian Literary Imagination" by Richard Nile. [review]
    (Australian Book Review, 2003-02) Dixon, Robert
    Reviewers of the last batch of Australian literary histories rightly asked in what sense such works can be considered 'historical'. After reading the second Oxford history, David Carter even wondered if literary critics were the best people, after all, to write literary history, or whether the job should be left to professional historians. It's perhaps unsurprising, then, that among the most satisfyingly 'historical' chapters in "The Penguin New Literary History of Australia" (1988) and "The Oxford Literary History of Australia" (1998) were those written by historian Richard Nile. Nile's new book, "The Making of the Australian Literary Imagination", is an elaboration of those highly regarded chapters. Its importance lies in its innovative approach to the problem of writing literary history.
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    The Definition of Place. [poem]
    (Australian Book Review, 2003-02) Bishop, Judith
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    Seductive Amnesia. "Anything the Landlord Touches" by Emma Lew. [review]
    (Australian Book Review, 2003-02) Beveridge, Judith
    Emma Lew's poetic covenant is with a poetics that has as its chief enterprise the music of diction, syntax and structure, a poetry whose message is often elusive, whose tones and pitches are constantly relocating and resettling in lines that resist explanation or sustained meaning. Her lines are always fleeing a centre, yet Beveridge found herself reading this book again and again, captivated by its beauty and music - not just captivated, but actively seduced - and this is a book whose prime intention is seduction.
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    Your Feet / Love Poem. [poem]
    (Australian Book Review, 2003-02) Middleton, Kate
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    The First Chance Was A Last Chance. [poem]
    (Australian Book Review, 2003-02) Adamson, Robert
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