Transnational Literature


Transnational Literature

Volume 3, Issue 2
May 2011


Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the May 2011 issue of Transnational Literature. In this issue we continue the tradition of publishing a broad range of articles, creative writing and reviews from around the world, with contributors from some 14 countries. Two articles on Japanese fiction provide something of a departure, with others on Indian writers (including an interview with Lakshmi Raj Sharma), on world literature in English, and an essay by novelist and academic Nicholas Jose on Randolph Stow. There is also a more reflective piece on the nature of criticism from US academic Robert Tally Jr.

Along with many fine Australian contributions to the creative writing section of this issue, there is a strong representation from South Asia and Europe, including both residents and expatriates, and covering many aspects of modern life, from the political to the deeply personal.

More than three dozen book reviews once again affirm the journal’s commitment to participating in the English-language world’s cultural and intellectual conversation, with creative and life writing well represented among the subjects, covering a variety of formats, including video and electronic books as well as the well-loved codex.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the peer reviewers who give their time and expertise so generously. Without their necessarily anonymous contribution, the journal would not be able to maintain the high standard of scholarship so important in today’s academic climate. I would also like to welcome Dr Robert Lumsden to the journal’s Editorial Board. Robert has proved an invaluable sounding board for me since the journal’s inception in 2008 and this public acknowledgement of his role is long overdue. I’m also delighted to report that Debra Zott has taken up the position of Poetry Editor.

Emma Dawson Beyond The Postcolonial: A Project in World Englishes Literature
Vivek Dwivedi Interview with Lakshmi Raj Sharma, Author of The Tailor’s Needle
Nicholas Jose Visitants: Randolph Stow’s End Time Novel
Tamás Juhász Writing Gender: Literary Identity Politics in Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album
Christine Runnel Review essay: Michael K. Bourdaghs, Atsuko Ueda, & Joseph A. Murphy, eds. Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings: Natsume Sōseki
Robert T. Tally Jr. Mundus Totus Exilium Est: Reflections on the Critic in Exile
Virginia Yeung A Narratological Study of Murakami Haruki’s Norwegian Wood and Sputnik Sweetheart – Time, Voice and Focalisation
Creative writing – Poetry:  
Md. Rezaul Haque ‘Pure and Simple’
Md. Rezaul Haque ‘Just Memories Stay’
Deb Matthews-Zott ‘All Roads Lead to Bombala’
Sara Moss ‘Miyagi’
Navi ‘S.A.D.’
Nathanael O’Reilly Croagh Patrick
Loula S. Rodopoulos Three poems: ‘Words’, ‘Interlude’, ‘I’ve never lived through a war Mum!’
Jorge Salavert Four Sonnets
Ian C. Smith Two poems: ‘laissez-faire’ and ‘A lone traveller’
Creative writing – Prose:  
Jonathan Bellot ‘The Swansea 999
Anne Germanacos ‘Shunning Ramazan’
Vennila Ramanathan ‘Born to Die’
Eva Roa White ‘A Galician Summer’
Christine Williams ‘Balmy Bali’

Reviews – Creative and life-writing:

Halimah Mohamed Ali The Spirit Machine and Other Short Stories from Cameroon edited by Emma Dawson
Sue Bond An Exclusive Love by Johanna Adorján
Sue Bond Gatherers and Hunters by Thomas Shapcott
David Callahan Finding Santana by Jill Jolliffe
Stephanie Honor Convery Verge 2010: Other Places edited by Elin-Maria Evangelista, Anna McDonald and Nishani Perera
Gillian Dooley The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief by V.S. Naipaul
Tina Giannoukos The Circus by Ken Bolton
Paul Giffard-Foret A Rainbow Feast: New Asian Short Stories edited by Mohammad Quayum
Susan Gorgioski The Pen and the Stethoscope edited by Leah Kaminsky
Jena Habegger-Conti Pulse by Julian Barnes
Md. Rezaul Haque The Silence of Mohammed by Salim Bachi
Kay Hart Butterfly Dreams and Other New Short Stories from Uganda edited by Emma Dawson
Kay Hart The End of Longing by Ian Reid
Kay Hart Hand Me Down World by Lloyd Jones
Ron Klein The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Anne Lauppe-Dunbar Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro
Robert Lumsden The Lake Woman by Alan Gould
Gay Lynch The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric
Gay Lynch The Perfume River: An Anthology of Writing From Vietnam edited by Catherine Cole
Gay Lynch The Romantic by Kate Holden
Kamala Lakshmi Naiker The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul by Patrick French
Jennifer Osborn Nine Lives by Susan Sheridan
Loula S. Rodopoulos Saltwater in the Ink: Voices from the Australian Seas by Lucy Sussex
Susan Sheridan My Blood’s Country by Fiona Capp
Ruth Starke Proust’s Overcoat by Lorenza Foschini
Ruth Starke Shannon Bennett's New York by Shannon Bennett, Scott Murray & Friends
Heather Taylor Johnson Memory: Video Poetry
Nick Turner Bride Flight by Marieke van der Pol
Debra Zott The Taste of Apple by James Laidler
Reviews – History, Theory and Criticism:
Golam Gaus Al-Quaderi Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation edited by Adel Iskandar and Hakem Rustom
Paul Ardoin The Art of Literary Thieving: The Catcher in the Rye, Moby-Dick, and Hamlet by William Glasser
Truus Daalder Dampier’s Monkey by Adrian Mitchell
Dorothy Driver Out of Africa: Post-structuralism’s Colonial Roots by Pal Ahluwalia
Heidi Ing Migration and Cultural Contact: Germany and Australia edited by Andrea Bandhauer & Maria Veber
John McLaren Singapore Stories: Language, Class and the Chinese of Singapore by Ernest Koh
Denise MacLeod What Is Eating Latin American Women Writers? Food, Weight and Eating Disorders by Renée S. Scott
Cheryl Narumi Naruse Colony, Nation, and Globalisation: Not at Home in Singaporean and Malaysian Literature by Eddie Tay
Kathleen Steele Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields
Debra Zott Hope: The Everyday and Imaginary Life of Young People on the Margins by Simon Robb, Patrick O’Leary, Alison Mackinnon and Peter Bishop
Ron Klein ‘Problems of Passing’


ISSN 1836-4845






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