Review of Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds, edited by Susan Sheridan and Paul Genoni

This publication offers an overdue acknowledgement ofThea Astley's achievement and a timely appraisal of her reputation as an outstanding Australian fiction writer. The collection acknowledges Astley's appeal to a national audience but also predicts growing interest in her work on the grounds that

In a globalised world, where the post-colonial condition is widely experienced, her sharp analysis ofpower will continue to find new and appreciative readers: and her insight into psychological and physical violence involved in the relations between races, sexes and generations will remain universally relevant. Matters of character, community, obligation, fidelity and good faith are raised time and again in her fiction; and they transcend geographic boundaries as effortlessly as they transcend time. (xvii)

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Published 1 October 2008 in Volume 23 No. 3. Subjects: Australian fiction.

Cite as: Jacobs, Lyn. ‘Review of Thea Astley's Fictional Worlds, edited by Susan Sheridan and Paul Genoni.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 23, no. 3, 2008. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.9809c6e794.