Transnational Literature


Transnational Literature

Volume 3, Issue 1
November 2010

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the November issue of Transnational Literature, the biggest issue yet, with 50 contributors from more than a dozen countries. In this issue we have two articles on the subject of leisure and tourism. Jodie George examines the use of poetry in tourism advertising, and Russell McDougall and Julian Croft, in a hybrid piece encompassing theory, history, memoir and creative writing, reflect on the lost tradition among the New South Wales coal mining community of camping holidays around Lake Macquarie. In contrast, Vivek Dwivedi looks at literary critical tradition of India through the work of four of its foremost theorists.

November also brings a bumper crop of creative writing, with poems in all registers from the starkly dramatic to the playful, on themes of exile, linguistic dislocation, personal loss, fading traditions and violent political change, as well as more lyrical subjects of motherhood, gratitude to a beloved teacher, and connection with the earth. Creative writing in prose also covers a broad range of styles and genres, from Paul Ardoin’s dazzling ficto-criticism to the devastating simplicity of Mary Byrne’s ‘Window on the World’. We learn of Cameroon village customs in Kenneth Usongo’s ‘The Passing of Aseli’, and the difficulties of cross-cultural contact in Burma in Abbas Zaidi’s ‘The Tamil Hero and His Tribe’. Rowena Lennox is reminded of her schooldays by the visit of an Irish novelist in ‘Coming Full Circle’, while Ron Klein relates the anxiety of road travel in India in ‘Definitely’. Michelle Cahill and Christine Williams give us different approaches to the nexus between Indian and Australian societies. Mohammad Quayum provides a new translation of a story by the great Rabindranath Tagore, and Frank Russo takes us back to the heady days of the Dunstan era and Adelaide’s dramatic earthquake scare.

Our May issue was reviewed in Australian Book Review (September 2010) by Patrick Allington, who noted that while we split our book reviews into ‘Creative and Life Writing’ and ‘History, Theory and Criticism’, some of the essays we publish in that issue ‘transcend the distinction such headings imply’. This is true of this issue as well: the McDougall and Croft essay crosses the academic-cultural divide, and several of the stories contain elements of criticism and theory. But when there are 35 book reviews in one issue, some organising principle is needed, so we have retained the split for the sake of convenience. Reviews cover novels, poems, biographies, guidebooks and collections of interviews, as well as works of theory, criticism, philosophy and literary history. I’m confident that readers will find that, once again, in Allington’s words, ‘the writing and research’ of the fifty contributors to TNL’s November 2010 issue ‘displays purpose, depth and an admirable commitment to scholarly accessibility’.


Vivek Dwivedi The Living Indian Critical Tradition
Jodie George Writing the Mythical Landscape: An Analysis of the Poetic Devices used in Tourism’s Promotional Literature
Russell McDougall
and Julian Croft
Industrial Pastoral: Lake Macquarie Coal Miners’ Holidays
Creative writing – Poetry  
A.N. Dwivedi Two poems: ‘An Exile’ and ‘My Bonds with Earth’
Md Rezaul Haque ‘Parting, Praying:’ Three poems
Syd Harrex ‘Go Forward, Going Back’
Dong Isbister ‘Rainbow’
Deb Matthews-Zott Three poems from An Adelaide Boy
Molly Murn ‘The Thorn and the Petal:’ A Ghazal
Satendra Nandan ‘Tsutomu Yamaguchi: The Twice-bombed’
Nathanael O’Reilly ‘Lusitanian’
Shweta Rao ‘ms word’
Loula S. Rodopoulos ‘Let them Burn’
Loula S. Rodopoulos ‘Scorched Shadows’
Ian C. Smith ‘The Elusive Ache of Things’
David Tneh ‘Red Altar’
Creative writing – Prose  
Paul Ardoin 'The Lit Critters'
Mary Byrne ‘Window on the World’
Michelle Cahill ‘The Sadhu’
Ron Klein ‘Definitely’
Rowena Lennox ‘Coming Full Circle’
Frank Russo ‘Ernesto Rasa and The Earthquake’
Rabindranath Tagore ‘Mahamaya’, translated from the Bengali by Mohammad A. Quayum
Kenneth Usongo ‘The Passing of Aseli’
Christine Williams ‘Over Seas’
Abbas Zaidi ‘The Tamil Hero and His Tribe’

Reviews – Creative and life-writing

Lisa Bennett Spiel by David Sornig
Sue Bond Speaking Volumes: Conversations with Remarkable Writers by Ramona Koval
Chew Yi Wei Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature edited by Angelia Poon, Philip Holden and Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Gillian Dooley Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad by Bee Rowlatt and May Witwit
Kerryn Goldsworthy Barbara Hanrahan: A Biography by Annette Stewart
Jena Habegger-Conti Chef: A Novel by Jaspreet Singh
Kay Hart The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O’Hagan
Rajender Kaur Otherland: A Journey with My Daughter by Maria Tumarkin
Ron Klein The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri The Paris Review Interviews Volume IV edited by Philip Gourevich
Aliese Millington Five Wounds: An Illuminated Novel by Jonathan Walker and Dan Hallett
Nathanael O’Reilly Lost Language of the Heart by Ian C. Smith
Jennifer Osborn Prague by Arthur Phillips
Gary Pearce In Conversation: Encounters with 39 Great Writers by Ben Naparstek
Loula S. Rodopoulos White Lines (Vertical) by Marcelle Freiman
Susan Sheridan The Gipsy Dancer and Early Poems by Dorothy Hewett
Keren Shlezinger The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson
Ruth Starke Shannon Bennett’s Paris by Shannon Bennett and Friends
Nick Turner Desert by J.M.G. Le Clézio ; translated by C. Dickson
Debra Zott Symptoms of Homesickness by Nathanael O’Reilly and Corduroy and Cabbage by Graham Catt
Debra Zott Time’s Long Ruin by Stephen Orr
Reviews – History, Theory and Criticism
Harry Aveling Gothic Postcolonialism by Tabish Khair
Sanghamitra Dalal Communicating in The Third Space edited by Karin Ikas and Gerhard Wagner
Gillian Dooley J.M. Coetzee and Ethics: Philosophical Perspectives on Literature edited by Anton Leist and Peter Singer
Brian Edwards American Risorgimento: Herman Melville and the Cultural Politics of Italy by Dennis Berthold
Chad Habel Literary Activists: Writer-intellectuals in Australian Public Life by Brigid Rooney
Robert Lumsden Reading Blindly: Literature, Otherness and the Possibility of an Ethical Reading by Jeremy Fernando
Russell McDougall Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers by Philip Jones: a review article
Jennifer Osborn The Generation of Edward Hyde by Jay Bland
Loula S. Rodopoulos Secretary of the Invisible: The Idea of Hospitality in the Fiction of J.M. Coetzee by Mike Marais
Christine Runnel Feminism and Global Chineseness: The Cultural Production of Controversial Women Authors by Aijun Zhu
Susan Sheridan The Road to Botany Bay by Paul Carter
Nick Turner Women Reviewing Women in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Critical Reception of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot by Joanne Wilkes
Lesley Wyndram Chinese in Australian Fiction by Ouyang Yu
Debra Zott Something Rich and Strange edited by Susan Hosking, Rick Hosking, Rebecca Pannell and Nena Bierbaum



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