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Peter Mathews
Who is My Neighbour?: Tim Winton’s ‘Aquifer’ and the Ghosts of Cloudstreet

The psychology of guilt as debt is a recurrent theme in Tim Winton’s fiction. A number of scholars have recently examined the theme of haunting in Winton’s Cloudstreet (1991), arguing that the ghosts which appear in the story represent an…

26 February 2017
Ann-Marie Priest
‘Having Fun with the Professors’: Gwen Harwood and Doctor Eisenbart

This essay examines the role of Gwen Harwood’s Eisenbart poems in helping to establish her career as a serious poet. It argues that Harwood had more trouble breaking into the male-dominated world of Australian poetry than is generally acknowledged, and…

26 February 2017
Brigid Rooney,
Fiona Morrison
Introduction

One evening in December 2015, following a symposium on Christina Stead (‘Re-Discovering Again’), participants and members of the public gathered at the University of New South Wales’s Io Myers Studio for a sold-out writers’ panel. For over an hour the…

7 December 2016
Fiona Morrison
‘A Vermeer in the Hayloft’: Christina Stead, Unjust Neglect and Transnational Improprieties of Place and Kind

Published in New York to muted praise in 1940, The Man Who Loved Children was re-issued in 1965 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston with a long and impassioned introduction by the poet and presiding lion of American literary criticism, Randall…

7 December 2016
Sam Matthews
‘Lights all askew in the heavens’: Einsteinian Relativity, Literary Modernism and the Lecture on Light in Christina Stead’s Seven Poor Men of Sydney

This essay offers new insights into Christina Stead’s Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934) and in particular its celebrated ‘lecture on light.’ It illuminates the historical context of Stead’s first novel, via reactions to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, as…

7 December 2016