Transnational Literature


Transnational Literature

Volume 1, Issue 2
May 2009
Austen Abroad

Letter from the Editor:

Welcome to the second issue of Transnational Literature. I am delighted to note that TNL, true to its first origins in the CRNLE (Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English) Reviews Journal, is developing (inter alia) into a lively forum for book reviews. This issue contains reviews of dozens of books, fiction and non-fiction, literary criticism and anthologies, and even of one of a television program.

Several of these reviews are part of our 'Austen Abroad' feature, one of the myriad manifestations of the global reach of Jane Austen's influence in the twenty-first century. Along with the book reviews in the Austen feature, there are three articles, each originating from a different continent - North America, Africa and Australia - because Transnational Literature is also living up to its name, and our contributors have not only considered transnational themes in their contributions, but are themselves from all over the world: from Japan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, England, the USA, South Africa, and practically every state of Australia.

Transnationalism is open to a variety of interpretations, and we have chosen to be liberal in our definition. Thus, although it might be objected that Jane Austen and Iris Murdoch are both British writers, the century and a half that separate them constitutes a sufficiently significant frontier. Transnationality can also be implied by translation, and we include a new translation of a story by the great Rabindranath Tagore. Literature from languages other than English is also included for the first time in this issue, with Maik Nwosu's article on Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits. We also include a review of a biography of the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez.

Without creative writing we would have nothing to write about, so it is with great pleasure that we are able to bring you new work from six poets, as well as a new short story from Christine Williams.

In our November issue we ran a symposium on the subject 'Does Literature Exist?' The originator of that discussion, Robert Lumsden, exercises his right of reply in this issue. And finally, Ron Klein offers another lighthearted afterthought, 'In the Beginning Was the Word'.

Volume 2 no. 1, due out in October-November 2009, is to be co-edited by Dr Chad Habel, and will deal with the theme of literary migrations.


Austen Abroad  
Gillian Dooley Good Versus Evil in Austen's Mansfield Park and Iris Murdoch's A Fairly Honourable Defeat
Elzette Steenkamp Janeites for a New Millennium: The Modernisation of Jane Austen on Film
Juliette Wells Seeking Austen, from Abroad: Lori Smith's Memoir A Walk with Jane Austen (2007)
Gillian Dooley Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman
Alexis Harley Jane Austen and Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists by Peter W. Graham
Robert Phiddian A Companion to Jane Austen edited by Claudia L. Johnson and Clara Tuite
Ruth Starke Lost in Austen (DVD)
Humphrey Tranter Jane Austen: The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by David M. Shapard
Graham Tulloch The Later Manuscripts by Jane Austen, edited by Janet Todd and Linda Bree
Nick Turner The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe edited by Anthony Mandal and Brian Southam
Kate Twidale The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen by Carol Adams, Douglas Buchanan & Kelly Gesch
Review essay:  
Kirpal Singh The Austenisation of Sensibility & the Darcyfication of Jane Austen: A Reflection (Books mentioned include Mr Darcy's Diary by Maya Slater and Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History by Gideon Polya)
Robert Lumsden Can the Question 'Does Literature Exist?' Persist?
Maik Nwosu 'Barrabás came to us by sea': Absence and Presence in Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits
Creative writing:  
Kaiser Haq Poem: East and West: A Plan for World Peace
Anthony Lawrence Two Poems: Skywriting and The Trawler
Deb Matthews-Zott Free Saturday
  Three Poems from An Adelaide Boy (a verse novel in progress)
Nathanael O'Reilly Transience: Poems from Four Nations
Ian C. Smith Poem: Gone, with the Wind
Syam Sudhakar Two Poems: I Wait and Identity
Rabindranath Tagore Kabuliwala, translated by Mohammad A. Quayum
Christine Williams A Green Thumb and a Lotus Hand
Book Reviews:  
Yanoula Athanassakis Gabriel García Márquez: A Life by Gerald Martin
Lisa Bennett The Complete Stories and Ransom by David Malouf
Paul Burger The SBS Story by Ion Ang, Gay Hawkins and Lamia Dabboussy
Sanghamitra Dalal The Sweet and Simple Kind by Yasmine Gooneratne
Chad Habel 1788: The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet by David Hill
Elisabeth Holdsworth Fragments from a Paper Witch by Marion May Campbell
Raja Huilgol Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Sue Kossew Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds ed. by Susan Sheridan and Paul Genoni
Judith Loriente Callisto by Torten Krol
  The Con by Jesse Pentecost
Robert Lumsden Someone Else by John Hughes
  Wanting by Richard Flanagan
Russell McDougall Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture by B.W. Higman
Rosemary Moore House of Wits: an Intimate Portrait of the James Family by Paul Fisher
Meenakshi Mukherjee Things I Have Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi
David Palmer Travels in Atomic Sunshine by Robin Gerster
Peter Pierce Networked Language: Culture & History in Australian Poetry by Philip Mead
Bruce Shaw Culture Is...: Australian Stories Across Cultures, An Anthology edited by Anne-Marie Smith
Kirpal Singh The Paris Review Interviews, Volume 3 edited by Philip Gourevitch
Susan Sheridan Doing Life: A Biography of Elizabeth Jolley by Brian Dibble
Megan Warburton The Last Protector by Cameron Raynes
Bev Willson Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood
Debra Zott Small City Tales of Strangeness and Beauty, eds. Gillian Britton and Stephen Lawrence
Ron Klein In the Beginning Was the Word




ISSN 1836-4845






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