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Hergenhan, Laurie

Laurie Hergenham is Emeritus Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Queensland. He founded the journal Australian Literary Studies in 1963 and edited it until 2001. He has written and edited several works on Australian writers and literature, covering a range of topics including convict fiction, colonial journalism, biography and the Australian short story. In 1994 Laurie was a winner of an Order of Australia, for Services to Australian Literary Scholarship and Education. He is the co-editor of Xavier Herbert: Letters (UQP 2002), a collection of the correspondence of the colourful and controversial novelist. During the later phase of the writing of Poor Fellow My Country in the 1970s, Hergenhan read chapters for Herbert, corresponded regularly and visited him in Cairns several times. Other recent publications include The Poetry of Les Murrray (UQP 2001) and The Australian Short Story (UQP 2002).
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The Australian Short Story

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Henry Lawson · Barbara Baynton ·Henry Handel Richardson · Katharine Susannah Prichard · Christina Stead ·Gavin Casey ·Vance Palmer · Alan Marshall · Marjorie Barnard ·Judah Waten · John Morrison · Peter Cowan · Hal Porter · Patrick White · Thelma Forshaw ·Dal Stivens · Peter Carey Murray Bail · Frank Moorhouse · T.A.G. Hungerford · Elizabeth Jolley · Michael Wilding · Olga Masters · Beverley Farmer · Fay Zwicky · Barry Hill · Gerald Murnane · Archie Weller · Thea Astley · Helen Garner · Lily Brett · Susan Hampton · Gail Jones In this bestselling collection the Australian short story is represented from its Bulletin beginnings to its vigorous revival in the late twentieth century.


The Poetry Of Les Murray: Critical Essays

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Les Murray is acknowledged internationally as Australia's leading poet, yet the criticism of his work has not been commensurate with his substantial reputation. These groundbreaking, new essays range across Murray's considerable output, impressive in their depth as well as their coverage as they reveal the riches of his poetry. They examine its lyrical qualities and its remarkable linguistic inventiveness, its landscapes and 'soundscapes', its biographical qualities, its underlying poetics and world view, including the mid-length poems and the recent verse novel, "Fredy Neptune". This volume is an indispensable companion for everyone with an interest in Australian and world poetry. Contributors include outstanding Murray scholars, new and well known, from overseas as well as Australia. Peter Steele writes of Murray 'watching with his mouth'; Martin Leer produces a brilliant study of the 'poetics of place' and the centrality of the district of Bunyah to Murray's world; Christopher Pollnitz looks at the midlength poems, including "The Bulahdelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle", Nils Eskestad analyses Murray's soundscapes and Peter Pierce his "Narrowspeak"; Line Henriksen places "Fredy Neptune" in the context of works by Heaney, Walcott and Dante; Bruce Clunies Ross discusses Murray's art of 'cracking normal'; Charles Lock contributes an outstanding essay on "Fredy Neptune" and its underlying ethics and poetics; Noel Rowe rescrutinises the poem on the death of Murray's mother, and Carol Hetherington contributes an invaluable checklist.