Reviews for Birns’ Contemporary Australian Literature

by Susan Murray - Published on: 23 February 2016
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Published on: 23 February 2016

“Birns’s critical flexibility can be seen in how easily he draws poetry and prose into dialogue with one another’s ideas and histories.” (Bonny Cassidy)

“Australian literature has found a committed and honest umpire” (Geordie Williamson)

Read reviews of Contemporary Australian Literature: A world not yet dead in The Australian (paywall) and Cordite.

Understanding the works of Alex Miller

by Susan Murray - Published on: 21 January 2015
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Published on: 21 January 2015

Robert Dixon’s book, Alex Miller: the ruin of time, was reviewed in The Australian recently. It’s the first book in our new series, Sydney Studies in Australian Literature.

Literary views from Australia

by Susan Murray - Published on: 22 January 2013
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Published on: 22 January 2013

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Republics of Letters: Literary Communities in Australia, edited by Peter Kirkpatrick and Robert Dixon, looks at the role of institutions and intermediaries in the process of literary creation. James Ley reviews the book in The Australian, 19 January 2013.

Ley notes, “How does one measure such intangible factors as influence, the importance of social support networks in creating new work, or the extent to which the solitary act of reading can be said to connect a person to the wider culture?”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Count!

by Gaith Bader - Published on: 12 November 2007
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Published on: 12 November 2007

Book cover - Kids Count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia Child care needs to be high quality and equitable to ensure that Australia’s children are well prepared for the future. Australia is 12th out of 14 OECD countries in expenditure on early childhood services.

Anderson’s philosophy stands the test of time

by Gaith Bader - Published on: 8 September 2007
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Book cover: Lectures on Metaphysics 1949-50: Space, Time and the CategoriesProfessor David Armstrong and Creagh Cole speak to Alan Saunders about John Anderson and his influence on philosophy in Australia and around the world.
In creating categories, Anderson joined Aristotle, Hegel and Kant as one of the few philosophers in history to classify in this way.

Lucy Osburn, still enticing and intriguing readers

by Gaith Bader - Published on: 28 February 2007
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Published on: 28 February 2007

Lucy Osburn, a lady displaced: Florence Nightingale's envoy to AustraliaOn 28 February, Judith Godden spoke to Phillip Adams on Radio National about Lucy Osburn, her personality, work and travails in New South Wales, and her tempestuous relationship with Florence Nightingale.

Maurice Guest listed as a classic book for life

by Gaith Bader - Published on: 26 November 2005
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Published on: 26 November 2005

The Sydney Morning Herald’s review (SMH, 26/11/05) of Jane Gleeson-White’s ‘Classics: books for life’ noted that only 3 Australian titles made the list. Henry Handel Richardson’s Maurice Guest was one of the three.

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