Transnational Literature


Transnational Literature

Volume 8, Issue 1
November 2015

Letter from the Editor



Welcome to the November 2015 issue of Transnational Literature.

In this issue we mark the passing of our dear friend, mentor and colleague, Syd Harrex in May this year. Syd’s legacy is evident in the many eloquent tributes in poetry and prose provided for this issue by those who knew him, as well as in a recent publication, Whaddaya Know? edited by Ron Blaber (Wakefield Press) and the June issue of Asiatic, edited by Syd’s former student Mohammad A. Quayum. This will be followed by a special feature honouring Syd’s work in the May 2016 issue of Transnational Literature – see the CFP for details.

The significance of Syd’s legacy for Transnational Literature can hardly be overstated. Simply put, without Syd the journal would not exist. Syd set up the Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English at Flinders University, and established the CRNLE Reviews Journal in 1979. Transnational Literature is the direct descendant of that journal, and is built on the networks that Syd fostered throughout the Anglophone world. Not only that, but without Syd’s prompting at an early stage in my own academic career, while I was still studying for my Honours degree at Flinders University, I doubt that it would have occurred to me to submit my work for publication. Having begun on that path, I felt confident to enter the world of academia, effectively as a second career in parallel with my established work in the university library. Syd’s gentle, collegial encouragement kept me going through my early forays into publication, and introduced me to the delights of literary conferences, both at the famous Penneshaw conferences and elsewhere. So when I was offered the chance to edit the journal, I barely hesitated – and here we are, 15 issues later. Syd served on the Advisory Board of TNL from the first issue until his death.

Aside from the direct tributes to Syd in this issue, we are offering a diversity of intellectual inquiry and creativity which is very much in the spirit of Syd’s legacy. We have the second and more substantial part of a Special Feature on Philosophy and Literature which began in the May 2015 issue, including seven peer-reviewed essays on a broad range of literatures – French, Spanish, Indian, Australian, American, English – and a pair of essays featuring another larger-than-life Flinders personality, philosopher Brian Medlin. Firstly there is his own essay in words and pictures, titled ‘Mysticism and Stuff Like That’, and secondly, his former Flinders colleague, Brian Matthews, has contributed the text of his Brian Medlin Memorial Lecture, presented in 2014, a highly entertaining reminiscence of Medlin (who died in 2004) and of early days in Humanities at Flinders University.

As always, we offer a strong selection of creative writing in this issue. Ten poets have contributed to this issue, and there are seven pieces of prose creative writing, ranging from a Kafka-infused story set in Japan to a passionate defence of freedom of choice in modes of dress. There is also a translation of oral poetry from the Ahirani language of Maharashtra.

A varied collection of book reviews rounds out this issue.

Thanks to all the editorial team – including our new Creative and Life Writing editor, Ruth Starke, and new assistant editor Michael Lee Gardin from San Antonio, Texas. Particular thanks to Melinda Graefe, who has assembled the tributes to Syd Harrex, and to Kathryn Koromilas, who did much of the initial work for the Philosophy and Literature feature. And to the many anonymous peer reviewers we have called upon in preparing this and every issue, we are deeply grateful for your thoughtful and constructive reports. Almost without exception, your comments and suggestions are received gratefully, and provide authors at various stages of their academic careers with invaluable guidance. This is a substantial though largely unacknowledged service to the international academic community.

Gillian Dooley

Tributes to Syd Harrex
Compiled and edited by Melinda Graefe

Melinda Graefe ‘Involved in Mankind’: Remembering Syd Harrex
Sue Hosking A Tribute to Syd Harrex
Rick Hosking A Tribute to Sydji
Edward Baugh With Syd on Kangaroo Island
Gerhard Stilz Meeting Syd Harrex
Peter Endersbee For Syd
Kate Deller-Evans The Tempest Suite
Steve Brock Vanishing Point
Molly Murn The Old Man and the Poem
Adrian Caesar To a Poet, Going Blind
Ioana Petrescu Syd’s Table

Complete tributes to Syd Harrex in one file for ease of downloading and printing


Special Feature: Philosophy & Literature (Part 2)

Peer-reviewed articles  
David A. Colón The Immigrant (not simply Spanish) Purview and Poetics of George Santayana
Samuel Finegan

Adolescent Occultism and the Philosophy of Things in Three Novels

Tasoula Kallenou

Performance and Philosophy Now

Mark Piccini

The Secret of the World Remains Hidden: Roberto Bolaño as an Antiliterary Author

Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha and Subhendra Bhowmick

Tympanising Philosophy: Luxating the Disciplinary Margins through a Derridean Reading of the Mahabharata

Layla Roesler

A Saussurean Solution: Embodying ‘Presence’ in Yves Bonnefoy’s Poetics

Rohini Shukla Feeling Moral Obligation and Living in an Organic Unity: Virginia Woolf’s response to G. E. Moore
Brian Medlin feature  
Brian Matthews

‘The Preciousness of Everything’: The 2014 Brian Medlin Memorial Lecture

Brian Medlin

Mysticism and Stuff like that: an essay in words and photographs, introduced by Christine Vick


Complete Philosophy and Literature section (Part 2) in one file for ease of downloading and printing

(See May 2015 issue for Part 1 of the Philosophy and Literature special feature)





General section


Peer-reviewed articles


Christopher Anyokwu

The Essentials of Niyi Osundare's Poetry

Nathalie Camerlynck

Cat in the Throat: Caroline Bergvall's plurilingual bodies

Hamza Chafii

A Linguistic Investigation of the Main Concepts of Amazigh Poetry in Morocco and Algeria

Amaryllis Gacioppo

Always Elsewhere: On Longing and Palermo

Konstantina Georganta

1950s Athens as Palimpsest: A BBC Radio Play by Louis MacNeice

Wendy Jones Nakanishi The ‘Insider Outsider’ in Iris Murdoch’s Bruno’s Dream and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day

Complete articles (general section) in one file for ease of downloading and printing


Translations editor: Md. Rezaul Haque


Bahinabai Choudhari

‘Do not call anything, anything’ translated from Ahirani and introduced by Rohini Shukla
Poetry editor: Heather Taylor Johnson  
Stuart Barnes из России
Alzo David-West

Machine Gun Women, or They Mist Black Trees in Wet Walking

Natasha Garrett
Ian Gibbins
Mike Hopkins
Jennifer Liston

Shards of Colour

Mark O'Flynn
Chandramohan S
Michele Seminara
Billy Marshall Stoneking

Complete poetry November 2015 in one file for ease of downloading and printing


Creative and Life Writing


Creative and Life Writing editor: Ruth Starke

Adam Aitken Stolen Valour
Michael Armstrong A Hijab by Any Other Name
Jane Downing Living in the Seventies
Natasha Garrett In Translation
Suzanne Kamata The Woman Who Loved Insects
Shao-Pin Luo The Doctor's Daughter
Lesley Synge

Punting in Paradise: Kerala Backwaters


Complete Creative and Life Writing November 2015 in one file for ease of downloading and printing

Book Reviews -  

Book Reviews editor: Patrick Allington

Patrick Allington

Peter Fröberg Idling, Song for an approaching storm: a fantasy. Translated from the Swedish by Peter Graves

Katerina Bryant

Gerbrand Bakker, June. Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer

Gillian Dooley

J.M. Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz, The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy

P.S. Gayathri  and P.L. Rani Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Dana Gibson David Lagercrantz, The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Raelke Grimmer Peter Monteath, Mandy Paul and Rebecca Martin, Interned: Torrens Island 1914-1915
Kay Hart Nicholas Jose, Bapo
Kay Hart Alan Gould, The Poets’ Stairwell
Catherine Hauer Ethnic Literatures and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age, edited by Aparajita Nanda
Brooke Ann Hogensen Mo Yan, Frog: A Novel
Gay Lynch Adrian Mitchell, The Profilist
Jennifer Osborn Harry Freedman, The Talmud: a biography
Susan Sheridan Shirley Hazzard: New Critical Essays, edited by Brigitta Olubas
Priyambudi Sulistiyanto Producing Indonesia: the state of the field of Indonesian Studies, edited by Eric Tagliocozzo,
Mandy Treagus Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Coconut Milk

Complete book reviews November 2015 in one file for ease of downloading and printing



ISSN 1836-4845




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