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Volume 9, Issue 2
May 2017

Letter from the Editor

When preparing an issue of Transnational Literature, the last thing I do before writing the editor’s note is to compile the contributors’ page. For some that might seem like a mere formality. I’m not sure how many people will click through and view the list of bio notes of our authors – forty-odd academics, students, poets, memoirists and novelists from just about everywhere you can think of: Saudi Arabia, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Greece, Bangladesh, South Africa, USA, UK, Italy, Malaysia and, yes, Australia.

But I always get excited when I compile the list. We deal with our authors mainly by email, of course, which effectively erases distance, but imagine the many thousands of miles our messages have had to travel, in how many different directions, to prepare for just one issue of the journal.

Real-life travelling is a theme in several of the contributions to the May issue: Nivedita Misra writes about Naipaul’s tramps and travellers, there is a short story from Gay Lynch and a memoir from Wendy Jones Nakanishi on visiting and revisiting distant places, and several poems and reviews touch on the theme of travelling.

The postcolonial experience is never far from the thoughts of our contributors. Meyre da Silva writes about the Portuguese novelist Pauline Chizine ‘performing postcoloniality’, while Laura Deane’s review essay discusses pathways to a postcolonial settlement between Australia’s government and our Indigenous peoples. Mohammad A. Quayum’s essay on Rabindranath Tagore explores the great poet and novelist’s efforts to maintain integrity in the face of violence and disillusion.

Meta-fiction makes its appearance in Veronica Ghiradi’s article on recent Hindi novels, while Kelly Palmer considers the implications of Arundhati Roy’s experience in writing place on her own writing practice. Muneerah Badr Almahasheer considers the displaced female voice in the poetry of Russian exile Natalya Gorbanevskaya, and while Virginia Yeung’s essay on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go is not about literal exiles, there are abundant resonances in the themes of mortality and memory.
Six wonderful poems, plus two in translation (one from Greek and one from Bangla), and two absorbing pieces of prose writing, make up the creative writing section of this issue. 
And lastly, as always, a good range of book reviews, ranging across poetry, biography, fiction, history, theory and criticism round out the issue.

My grateful thanks as always to all the peer reviewers and members of the editorial team who worked on this issue. Special and rather melancholy thanks to Heather Taylor Johnson, our poetry editor, who is leaving us after nearly five years in the role. We are, however, delighted that Alison Flett, who stepped in as guest poetry editor in November 2014, has agreed to take over from Heather from the November 2017 issue.

I do recommend you read the Contributors’ list, but leave plenty of time to browse through the contents of this new issue: I’m sure you will find them even more exciting.

Gillian DooleyGeneral Editor

  Contributors to May 2017 Issue  

Articles (peer reviewed)

  Muneerah Badr Almahasheer The Displaced Female Voice: Poetry of Natalya Gorbanevskaya
  Veronica Ghirardi Reflections on the Writing Process: Perspectives from Recent Hindi Novels
  Nivedita Misra From Tramp to Traveller: V.S. Naipaul Mirrors Immigrant Experiences in In a Free State
  Kelly Palmer How to Write Home: (Un)Mapping the Politics of Place and Authorial Responsibility with Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things
  Mohammad A. Quayum War, Violence and Rabindranath Tagore's Quest for World Peace
  Meyre Ivone Santana da Silva Dancing in the Mirror: Performing Postcoloniality in Paulina Chizine's Niketche: Uma História de Polgamia
  Virginia Yeung Mortality and Memory in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go
  Review Essays  
  Laura Deane Reconciliation, a Postcolonial Settlement and the Constitutional Recognition Debates: a review essay
  Jennifer Osborn The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower
Complete articles and reviewed essays in one file for ease of downloading or printing
(Editor: Heather Taylor Johnson)
  Steve Brock Portrait of my Wife's 114 Year-old Great Grandfather
  Marcelle Freiman Country of my Birth - lines written 27 June 2013
  Shari Kocher As We Spiral Pine Tree Mountain
  Debasish Lahiri And Still
  Robyn Rowland Strung
  Jena Woodhouse A Morning Stroll to Derwentwater, through the Fields
  Poetry in Translation
(Editor: Md Rezaul Haque)
  Episode: Phaedrus (247c6-8) by Yorgos Kentrotis, translated and introducted by Paschalis Nikolaou
  The First Day's Sun by Rabindranath Tagore, translated by Reza Haq
Complete poems and translations in one file for ease of downloading or printing
  Fiction and life-writing
(Editor: Ruth Starke; assistant editor Molly Murn)
  Gay Lynch Hungarian Rhapsody

Two Australian tourists forge an unlikely relationship after a crime occurs during Obudai Nyar, Budapest's celebration of summer.

  Wendy Jones Nakanishi Isamu Noguchi and Me
  Wendy Jones Nakanishi returns to her hometown of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, marking the changes since she left and exploring its links to the famous Japanese sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi.
  Book reviews: Creative and life writing  
  Nicholas  Birns Three poetry books: The Poetic Eye by Michael Sharkey; Patterns of Being by Heather Sladdin; Meanwhile, the Oak by Heather Taylor Johnson
  Sue Bond Quicksilver by Nicolas Rothwell
  Danielle Clode The Beachcomber's Wife by Adrian Mitchell
  Alice Gorman The Offhand Angel: New and Selected Poems by Jan Owen and Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Jan Owen
  Per Henningsgaard Gularabulu: Stories from the West Kimberley by Paddy Roe
  Zach Linge Exhibits of the Sun by Stephen Edgar
  Gay Lynch Wild Gestures by Lucy Durneen
  Gay Lynch The Cleanskin by Laura Bloom
  Brian Macaskill Letter to Pessoa by Michelle Cahill
  Murari Prasad Twenty-two New Asian Short Stories ed. Mohammad A. Quayum
  Sharon Rundle Saffron and Silk by Anne Benjamin
  Jean-François Vernay Island Home: A Landscape Memoir by Tim Winton
Complete Book reviews: Creative and life writing in one file for ease of downloading or printing
  Book reviews: History, Theory and Criticism  
  Peter Ashley A Passion for Exploring New Countries: Matthew Flinders and George Bass by Josephine Bastian
  Grace Chipperfield Inside Australian Culture: Legacies of Enlightenment Values by Baden Offord et al.
  Danielle Clode Travelling Home, ‘Walkabout Magazine’ and Mid-Twentieth Century Australia by Mitchell Rolls and Anna Johnston
  Keenan Collett The Child Savage, 1890-2010: From Comics to Games edited by Elizabeth Wesseling
  Raelke Grimmer Australia: A German Traveller in the Age of Gold by Friedrich Gerstäcker edited by Peter Monteath
  Ben Kooyman Finding Queensland in Australian Cinema: Poetics and Screen Geographies by Allison Craven
  Emma Laubscher The Routledge Companion to Native American Literature edited by Deborah L. Madsen
  Jennifer Osborn Quiet City: Walking in West Terrace Cemetery by Carol LeFevre
  Lekha Roy Mapping Gendered Routes and Spaces in the Early Modern World edited by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
  Mike Walsh Economy, Emotion and Ethics in Chinese Cinema: Globalization on Speed by David Leiwei Li
Complete Book reviews: History, Theory and Crticism in one file
  Contributors to May 2017 Issue  





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