Transnational Literature


Transnational Literature

Volume 5, Issue 2
May 2013


Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the May 2013 issue of Transnational Literature, the tenth since the journal’s inception in November 2008. As interest in the journal has grown, nationally and internationally, the workload has naturally increased, and late in 2012 a number of people joined the editorial committee. This is the first issue which the new team has produced, and I would like to thank each of the editors for their hard work.

Most of the new editors have taken on sections of the journal which were already established, such as poetry (Heather Taylor Johnson, replacing Debra Zott) and poetry reviews (Nathanael O’Reilly), or have come on board as assistant editors for articles (Paul Ardoin) or prose creative writing (Jonathan Bellot). However, a new development is the creation of the new role of Translations Editor (Md Rezaul Haque). Transnational Literature has always published translations of creative and critical work. However, this new position confirms and strengthens this focus, and we invite submissions of new translations for consideration.

We are also pleased to welcome Nena Bierbaum in the new role of Administrative Editor.

The May 2013 issue of the journal contains six substantial articles, five of which look back in time as well as across national borders. Hussein A. Alhawamdeh compares the depiction of the ‘moor’ in Shakespeare’s Othello and the Sudanese author Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North; whileNicole Anae reveals the outpouring of poetry occasioned by the wreck of the Admella off the South Australian coast in 1859, and Tyler Scott Smith traces links between the celebration of tiny feet in the Cinderella legend and the Chinese tradition of footbinding. John Clement Ball discusses four twentieth-century novels which look back to eighteenth-century London, making visible the large black population of that already cosmopolitan city, while Clare Archer-Lean reconsiders the evocation of place in the controversial writings of the twentieth-century author Colin Johnson, also known as Mudrooroo. Finally, Anway Mukhopadhyay looks at the trope of madness in Chandani Lokuge’s novel If the Moon Smiled (2000).

Also in this issue is an interview by Angus Whitehead with Singapore writer Andrew Koh, the author of only the second ‘gay’ novel in Singapore.

We also include a tribute to Loula S. Rodopoulos, who died earlier this year, and who had been a regular contributor of poetry and book reviews to the journal over the past three years.

The creative writing section of the issue contains contributions from writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and there are translations of poetry and prose from Russian, Kashmiri and Catalan.

There are more than 40 book reviews in this issue, including a substantial review essay of Paul Sharrad’s book Postcolonial Literary History and Indian English Fiction by Md Rezaul Haque. This issue is particularly strong on reviews of creative and life writing books, and accordingly we have divided the book reviews into several sections: poetry, fiction and life-writing, in addition to the usual category of history, theory and criticism.

We trust that you will find this new issue challenging, stimulating and engrossing.

Gillian Dooley

Hussein A. Alhawamdeh The Different Western Perception of the Oriental Moor in the Renaissance and the Twentieth Century: Shakespeare’s Othello and Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North: A Post-Colonial Critique
Nicole Anae ‘My pen shall add a testimony to men noble and daring’; Poetry, Heroism and the Wreck of the SS Admella (1859)
Clare Archer- Lean Transnational Impulses as Simulation in Colin Johnson’s (Mudrooroo’s) Fiction
John Clement Ball Infinite Worlds: Eighteenth-Century London, the Atlantic Ocean, and Post-Slavery in S.I. Martin’s Incomparable World, Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, David Dabydeen’s A Harlot’s Progress, and Thomas Wharton’s Salamander
Anway Mukhopadhyay If the Moon Smiles on the Mappers of Madness: A Critique of the Cartographers of Insanity in Chandani Lokugé’s If the Moon Smiled
Tyler Scott Smith Cinderella’s Lessons on Footbinding: How Tiny Feet Found their Way into the Chinese Cinderella Story
  * Transnational Literature May 2013: Complete Articles.*
Review Essay  
Md Rezaul Haque Unfolding the Baroque, Scaffolding the Postcolonial: Towards a Postcolonial Aesthetics: Postcolonial Literary History and Indian English Fiction by Paul Sharrad
Angus Whitehead Glass Cathedral: Gay Novel or Liberation Theology? An Interview with Andrew Koh
Vicky Tsaconas Loula S. Rodopoulos – A Tribute
Ian Gibbins Squirrel Hill
Md Rezaul Haque Stopping by the Woods on a Rainy Evening
Mary Macpherson Notes About What I Meant
Nancy Anne Miller The Aunt Who Went to the Airport
Miguel Saporta The Bridge
Sean Scarisbrick Copenhagen
Ian C. Smith Amnesty
Amelia Walker Castaway
Jena Woodhouse An afternoon with Mistral's poems
  * Transnational Literature May 2013: Complete Poetry.*
Prose Creative and Life Writing  
Chew Yi Wei Walking Two Harbours
John Farrell Kelly Creating Ceremony: Healing the Spirit of Suicidal Veterens
Martha Mylona The Border
Rob Walker Celibacy, Tolerance, Time
Christine Williams A Footnote on Footlights
Jena Woodhouse No Such Address
  * Transnational Literature May 2013: Complete Prose Creative and Life Writing.*


Juli Capilla Four Poems by Juli Capilla translated by Jorge Salavert
Harikrishan Kaul 'The Naked Truth' translated by Ishrat Bashir
Marina Tsvetaeva Two Poems by Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) translated by Jena Woodhouse
  * Transnational Literature May 2013: Complete Translations.*
Book Reviews: Poetry  
Dan Disney The Red Sea: New and Collected Poems 1987-2011 by Stephen Edgar
Steve Evans The Welfare of My Enemy by Anthony Lawrence
Steve Evans Magic Logic by David Mortimer
Shadi Ghazimoradi First Will and Testament by Debasish Lahiri
Michael Jacklin Ashes in the Air by Ali Alizadeh
Adnan Mahmutović Wayward Wanderings by A.N. Dwivedi
  * Transnational Literature May 2013: Complete Book Reviews: Poetry.*
Book Reviews: Fiction  
Michelle Austin The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer by Edwina Preston
Troy Benson Dissonance by Stephen Orr
Chiam Chuang Chao The Messenger Bird by Ruth Eastham
Gillian Dooley Cat and Fiddle by Lesley Jørgensen
Gillian Dooley The Childhood of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee
Lauren Dougherty The Remnants by John Hughes
Vivek Kumar Dwivedi Life Goes On by Hans Kielson
Piri Eddy Pangamonium by Zanesh Catkin
Kay Hart Black Mountain by Venero Armanno
Rajender Kaur Softly As I Leave You  by Chandani Lokuge
Dunja Nedic Ask the Dust by John Fante
Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale by Chi Vu
Melanie Pryor Hannah and Emil by Belinda Castles
Adam Quinlivan Nightfall by Will Elliott
David Robjant The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid
Jorge Salavert The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska
Mohammad Saleem Blood by Tony Birch
Umme Salma To Silence by Subesh Jaireth
Martina Sciolino A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
  * Transnational Literature May 2013: Complete Book Reviews: Fiction.*
Book Reviews: Life Writing  
Paul Ardoin Katherine Mansfield: The Story-teller by Kathleen Jones
Dennis Haskell Facing the Music: Charles Baeyertz and the Triad by Joanna Woods; Apollo in George Street: The Life of David McKee Wright by Michael Sharkey
Michelle McCrea An Opening: Twelve Love Stories About Art by Stephanie Radok
Punyashree Panda Alien Shores: Tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers from Australia and the Indian Subcontinent edited by Sharon Rundle and Meenakshi Bharat
Ruth Starke Love and Hunger by Charlotte Wood
Julienne van Loon Mountains Belong to the People Who Love Them by Lesley Synge
Lesley Wyndram Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home edited by Kent MacCarter and Ali Lemer
  * Transnational Literature May 2013: Complete Book Reviews: Life Writing.*
Book Reviews: History, Theory and Criticism  
David Callahan The Splintered Glass: Facets of Trauma in the Post-Colony and Beyond edited by Dolores Herrero and Sonia Baelo Allué
Diana Glenn Dante in Love by A.N. Wilson
Reshmi Lahiri-Roy Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions edited by Rick Hosking and Amit Sarwal
Lorenzo Mari Race in Translation: Culture Wars around the Postcolonial Atlantic by Ella Shohat and Robert Stam
Nina Muždeka Ways of Being Free: Authenticity and Community in Selected Works of Rushdie, Ondaatje, and Okri by Adnan Mahmutović
Jennifer Osborn The Spying Game: An Australian Angle by Bruce Bennett
Tom Ratekin The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within by Mari Ruti
Christine Runnel Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts: Narratives of English Canada edited by Eva Darius-Beautell
Nigel Starck Lusting for London: Australian Expatriate Writers at the Hub of Empire by Peter Morton
  * Transnational Literature May 2013: Complete Book Reviews: History, Theory and Criticism.*


ISSN 1836-4845






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