Transnational Literature


Transnational Literature

Volume 6, Issue 1
November 2013


Letter from the Poetry Editor

Welcome to the November 2013 issue of Transnational Literature. Anyone involved in the Australian poetry community will know that it has been a difficult time as two of our own award winning poets have been ‘outed’ as plagiarists. While this has caused poets from around the nation (and indeed, the world) great concern, poets have been reconsidering the idea of authentication, wondering can art ever truly be unique. Who owns a literary work? The author? The publisher? The reader? These questions are for every writer – not only poets – and they are especially true for editors, who are now expected to be the guardians of authenticity. I honestly do not know how to go about doing my job any differently than how I’ve been doing for the past eight years: have faith in the legitimacy of an author’s passionate desire to communicate. I hope that when you read our authors, you’ll feel that passion.

In this issue homage is paid to Ludwig Wittgenstein as a woman analyses love to the point of feeling it; Allen Ginsberg’s footsteps in India are retraced in a discovery of Indian influence on the Beat Poets; the Yellow Emperor of China c.2697-2597BCEresurfaces to apologise to one of his wives – passionate muses abound. Diane Bell pays tribute to the late Ngarrindjeri man Tom Treverrow, whose lifetime work was keeping the stories of the Old People alive and tirelessly fighting for reconciliation – memories of a passionate life. And of course there are book reviews: two, in fact, of reprinted Australian classics, reminding us that passion still lives in the pages of our paperback books. As a possible commentary on the displacement of cultural histories, identities, morals and ethics of transnational lives, the writing in this issue echoes the words of Ouyang Yu, who reminds us of the borderlessness of our spiritual landscapes and the passion it insists upon:

If one struggles and gets nowhere
Think of the sky that remains hollow and empty
Perhaps because it still hasn't begun charging a fee
To the passing planes

Enjoy, and may the passion be with you.

Heather Taylor Johnson

Christopher Anyokwu ‘Looking Back is Looking Forward’: Towards a Theory of Tradition in Niyi Osundare’s Poetry
Maureen Clark Storytelling Permutations in the Performance of Life Narrative: Betty Roland’s Caviar for Breakfast
Alzo David-West An Inquiry of Intentions in Kim Hye-yŏng’s ‘First Meeting’: A North Korean Short Story in Korea Today (2007).
David Leishman True Nations and Half People: Rewriting Nationalism in Alasdair Gray’s Poor Things
Alan McCluskey Cosmopolitanism and Subversion of ‘Home’ in Caryl Phillips’s A Distant Shore
Pramod Nayar Mobility and Anxious Cosmopolitanism: Jamaica Kincaid’s Among Flowers
Angelia Poon Becoming a Global Subject: Language and the Body in Xiaolu Guo’s A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
Constance J. Post American Self-Fashioning in Helen Foster Snow’s My China Years
Gayathri Prabhu ‘Figurations of the Spiritual Squalid in Allen Ginsberg’s Indian Journals: Transformation of India in Post-War Beat and American Imagination’
William H. Purcell ‘How Shall I be Saved?’ The Salvation of Mrs Curren in Coetzee’s Age of Iron
Review Essay  
Tom Bristow Fragmentary Introspective Observations: Animals, Emotions and Location in John Kinsella’s Poetry
  * Transnational Literature November 2013: Complete Articles.*
David Adès The Last Day of Summer
Catherine Cole Leda
Barbara Ford Age
Jill Jones Black and White: Thirteen Ways
Michelle Leber Empire of Wives
Rachael Mead The Polar Tent
Nathanael O'Reilly Your Funeral
rob walker ashita / tomorrow
Jena Woodhouse Fallen Kouros, Naxos
Ouyang Yu The Great Chinese Loneliness
Ouyang Yu The Measurement
  * Transnational Literature November 2013: Complete Poetry.*
Prose Creative and Life Writing  

Paul Anderson

Revisiting Trauma: Writing, a ‘Novel’ Approach to Catharsis and Redemption
Diane Bell Tom Trevorrow: A Ngarrindjeri Man of High Degree
Mary Byrne Old Wood Best to Burn
Alzo David-West Mountains of Blood
Elizabeth Hanscombe European History
Kate Hayford The Valley of the Shadow
John Farrell Kelly Things I Carry
Lesley Synge Dr Shilling
Reg Taylor Footnotes
Jena Woodhouse The Mystery of Zitrou Street
  * Transnational Literature November 2013: Complete Prose Creative and Life Writing.*
Book Reviews: Poetry  
Nicholas Powell Review of Free Logic by Rachael Briggs
Jorge Salavert Review of and then when the by Dan Disney
Lesley Synge Review of Contemporary Asian Australian Poets edited by Adam Aitken, Kim Cheng Boey & Michelle Cahill
  * Transnational Literature November 2013: Complete Book Reviews: Poetry.*
Book Reviews: Fiction  
Michelle Austin Review of The Peastick Girl by Susan Hancock
Sadiqa Beg Review of How to Stay Fair and Fare Well by Adnan Mahmutovic
David Callahan Review of Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser
Piri Eddy Review of Man of Letters by David Foster
Etiennette Fennell Review of The Paraclete Conundrum by Emily Sutherland
Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri Review of Post-colonial: a recit by John Kinsella
Anne Lauppe-Dunbar Review of Between Sky and Sea by Herz Bergner
Jennifer Marquardt Review of The Sleeper's Almanac 8 edited by Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn
Jennifer Osborn Review of How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman
Emily Sutherland Review of The First Week by Margaret Merrilees
Emily Sutherland Review of Fairyland by Sumner Locke Elliott
  * Transnational Literature November 2013: Complete Book Reviews: Fiction.*
Book Reviews: Life Writing  
Nicholas Birns Review of Rose Boys by Peter Rose
Kay Hart Review of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks by Kim Lock
Eleni Pavlides Review of Mug Shots: A Memoir by Barry Oakley
David Robjant Review of Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011 by Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee
Jorge Salavert Review of Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  * Transnational Literature November 2013: Complete Book Reviews: Life Writing.*
Book Reviews: History, Theory and Criticism  
Helen Bones Review of From a Distant Shore by Bruce Bennett and Anne Pender
Danielle Clode Review of Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel Raymond J. Howgego
Vivek Kumar Dwivedi Review of A House for Mr Biswas: Critical Perspectives edited by Meenakshi Bharat
Alexander Hartwiger Review of An Aesthetic of Education in the Era of Globalization by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Dymphna Lonergan Review of White Vanishing: Rethinking Australia’s Lost-in-the-Bush Myth by Elspeth Tilley
Maja Milatovic Review of Entangled Subjects: Indigenous / Australian Cross-Cultures of Talk, Text and Modernity by Michèle Grossman
Maja Milatovic Review of Presumed Incompetent: the Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia edited by Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs et al.
Jennifer Osborn Review of The Burning Library: Our Great Novelists Lost and Found by Geordie Williamson
Ashwinee Pendharkar Review of Reading New India by E. Dawson Varughese 
Christine Runnel Review of Flann O’Brien: Centenary Essays ed. Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper. Review of Contemporary Fiction, Fall 2011, Vol. 31, No. 3
Emily Sutherland Review of Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry by Toby Davidson
Christopher Ward Review of Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies edited by Smaro Kamboureli and Robert Zacharias
  * Transnational Literature November 2013: Complete Book Reviews: History, Theory and Criticism.*


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