Transnational Literature


Transnational Literature

Volume 2, Issue 2
May 2010
Eight Generations of Experience

Letter from the Guest Editor

This issue of Transnational Literature is the result of the fruitful collaboration between several universities and academics and is an apt illustration of its wide-encompassing theme: migration. Flinders University’s Transnational Literature has not only generously offered the space for some of the most interesting papers presented at last year’s Poetry and Poetics Symposium of the University of South Australia but materials submitted to the journal from around the globe have also been added, making this a truly multicultural issue, while at the same time scrutinising with academic acumen the topic at hand.

Professor Graeme Harper, Bangor University UK, was Guest Speaker at UniSA’s 3 rd Poetry and Poetics Symposium in May 2009. The symposium was held at the Migration Museum in a room packed full with writing enthusiasts (students, academics, writers from the community) who had come to hear or share poems and papers about migration. The theme of the symposium, ‘Eight Generations of Experience’, attracted many migrant writers who had a suitcase in their shed that had contained their own or their great-grandparents’ belongings on arrival in Australia. They commented that they felt their stories had found an audience and also both humane and professional understanding. Professor Harper’s Powerpoint presentation kept everyone in the room highly interested and motivated and we urge the journal readers to have a look at this paper which is a fairly accurate presentation of what the audience heard and appreciated on that night.

Poets from the community and from the universities read from their work, and academics presented papers and also read from their own creative work. Dr Jackie Cook’s reality-based novel excerpt fascinated the audience and we hope will fascinate our journal readers too. We learned about the Italian migration from the paper presented by Dr Giancarlo Chiro and Dr Isobel Grave, and about the Chinese perspective from Dr Alice Healy. Dr Susan Bradley Smith’s paper brings her own perspective on the issue of migration.

From the multitude of stories and poems received at the journal following TNL’s call for submissions, the ones that stood out for us as editors were Hayley Katzen’s story ‘One Day You’ll Thank Me’, Loula Rodopoulos’s poem ‘Mbariam’ and David Tneh’s poem ‘Free spirit’. We invite the journal readers to engage with these fine writings and perhaps also let us know what their opinion is: we would certainly appreciate feedback about our migration-themed issue.

Last but not least, academics and postgraduate students have engaged again in the professional task of reviewing a multitude of books that we hope complement well our issue of Transnational Literature and respond to the thoughts, questions and sensibilities of many migrant journal readers throughout the globalised Internet world.

Guest Editor:
Dr Ioana Petrescu
Senior Lecturer, Writing and Creative Communication
University of South Australia


Eight Generations of Experience
Susan Bradley-Smith Hunting Flowers: Home and its Poetic Conceits
Jackie Cook Missing Matilda Eliza: suppressed narrative threads in the story of colonial migration
Isobel Grave and Giancarlo Chiro Rosa Cappiello’s Paese fortunato and the Poetics of Alienation
Graeme Harper The Creative Writer’s Luggage: Journeying from Where to Here: Keynote Address to ‘Eight Generations of Experience:’ a Symposium held by the Poetry and Poetics Centre, University of South Australia, in May 2009
Alice Healy ‘Unable to think in my mother’s tongue’: immigrant daughters in Alice Pung’s Unpolished Gem and Hsu-Ming Teo’s Behind the Moon
Creative writing  
Hayley Katzen ‘One Day You’ll Thank Me’
Loula S. Rodopoulos ‘Mbariam’
David C.E. Tneh ‘Free Spirit’

Reviews – Creative and life-writing

Gillian Dooley Under Fishbone Clouds by Sam Meekings
Jena Habegger-Conti Filming by Tabish Khair
Luz Mercedes Hincapié The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
Robert Lumsden Summertime by J.M. Coetzee
Denise MacLeod The Eternal Son by Cristovão Tezza
Colette Mrowa-Hopkins So Far Away: An Unfinished Odyssey by Etiennette Fennell
Jennifer Osborn Journeys to the Interior by Nicolas Rothwell
Ian Reid Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker
Loula S. Rodopoulos Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Debra Zott Girls Like Me by Teri-Louise Kelly
Debra Zott Jealousy: The Other Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet
Reviews – History, Theory and Criticism
Tamara-Diana Braunstein The Changing Face of African Literature edited by Bernard De Meyer and Neil ten Kortenaar
Gillian Dooley J.M. Coetzee and the Paradox of Postcolonial Authorship by Jane Poyner
Dorothy Driver The Animal Gaze: Animal Subjectivities in Southern African Narrative by Wendy Woodward
Alan Filewod Men at Play: Masculinities in Australian Theatre since the 1950s by Jonathan Bollen, Adrian Kiernander and Bruce Parr
Chad Habel China Fictions/ English language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story ed. A. Robert Lee
Ben Kooyman From Solidarity to Schisms: 9/11 and After in Fiction and Film from Outside the US edited by Cara Cilano
Anne Lauppe-Dunbar The Wayfinders by Wade Davis
Russell McDougall Caribbean Visionary: A.R.F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Desmond O’Connor Australians in Italy: Contemporary Lives and Impressions edited by Bill Kent, Ros Pesman and Cynthia Troup
Eleni Pavlides Spatial Politics in the Postcolonial Novel by Sara Upstone
Loula S. Rodopoulos Belonging and Exclusion: Case Studies in Recent Australian and German Literature, Film and Theatre edited by Ulrike Garde and Anne-Rose Meyer
Christine Runnel Borderless Beckett: Beckett sans frontières: Tokyo 2006 edited by Minako Okamuro, Naoya Mori, Bruno Clément, Sjef Houppermans, Angela Moorjani & Anthony Uhlmann
Christine Runnel The Other by Ryszard Kapuściński
Michael X. Savvas Talking about Detective Fiction by P.D. James
Paul Sharrad A Sea for Encounters: Essays towards a Postcolonial Commonwealth and Shared Waters: Soundings in Postcolonial Literatures edited by Stella Borg Barthet.
Kathleen Steele Gothic-postmodernism: Voicing the Terrors of Modernity by Maria Beville
Emily Sutherland The Historical Novel by Jerome de Groot



ISSN 1836-4845






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