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Australian gay and lesbian writing : An anthology (1993)

by Robert Dessaix (Editor)

Other authors: Robert Adamson (Contributor), Dennis Altman (Contributor), Javant Biarujia (Contributor), John Le Gay Brereton (Contributor), Benedict Ciantar (Contributor)36 more, Michael Dransfield (Contributor), Sumner Locke Elliott (Contributor), Mary Fallon (Contributor), Beverley Farmer (Contributor), Donald Friend (Contributor), Helen Garner (Contributor), Susan Hampton (Contributor), Bruce Hanford (Contributor), Lesbia Harford (Contributor), Gwen Harwood (Contributor), Tim Herbert (Contributor), David Herkt (Contributor), Elizabeth Jolley (Contributor), Rae Desmond Jones (Contributor), Nigel Krauth (Contributor), Kenneth Seaforth Mackenzie (Contributor), David Malouf (Contributor), Don Maynard (Contributor), Finola Moorhead (Contributor), Frank Moorhouse (Contributor), Tony Page (Contributor), Jenny Pausacker (Contributor), Simon Payne (Contributor), Dorothy Porter (Contributor), Hal Porter (Contributor), Henry Handel Richardson (Contributor), Elizabeth Riley (Contributor), Bev Roberts (Contributor), Peter Rose (Contributor), Thomas Shapcott (Contributor), Sandra Shotlander (Contributor), Sasha Soldatow (Contributor), Steve J. Spears (Contributor), Val Vallis (Contributor), Kate Walker (Contributor), Patrick White (Contributor)

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In this landmark collection of Australian writing spanning well over a century, an Australia emerges that is radically different from the cliched land of bronzed lifesavers and long-suffering sheepfarmers' wives. Robert Dessaix's anthology reflects the diversity, non-conformity and ambiguity that have always been features of Australian society. Remarkably, it confirms that few of the country's most celebrated writers, regardless of their sexuality, have not, at one time or another, written on homosexual themes. Patrick White, David Malouf, Elizabeth Jolley, Frank Moorhouse and Helen Garner are all included, along with a number of newer writers. This rare openness to the illicit and the subversive is just one of the revelations in an entertaining and provocative volume. Through the fiction, poetry and drama of over forty writers, the collection traces the flowering of a rich variety of homosexual sensibilities from colonial times to the present. In a long introductory overview of the literature, Robert Dessaix suggests a number of stimulating readings, and states that his primary consideration is always pleasure for the reader. Erotic, raffish, refined, romantic, rebellious and always perverse, this anthology celebrates the adventurousness and sophistication of Australian writing in ways that cast an exciting new light on Australian cultural history.… (more)
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Dessaix, RobertEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adamson, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Altman, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Biarujia, JavantContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brereton, John Le GayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ciantar, BenedictContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dransfield, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Elliott, Sumner LockeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fallon, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farmer, BeverleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friend, DonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garner, HelenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hampton, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hanford, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harford, LesbiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harwood, GwenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Herbert, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Herkt, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jolley, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Rae DesmondContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krauth, NigelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mackenzie, Kenneth SeaforthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malouf, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maynard, DonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moorhead, FinolaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moorhouse, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Page, TonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pausacker, JennyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Payne, SimonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Porter, DorothyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Porter, HalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richardson, Henry HandelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Riley, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, BevContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rose, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shapcott, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shotlander, SandraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Soldatow, SashaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spears, Steve J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vallis, ValContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In this landmark collection of Australian writing spanning well over a century, an Australia emerges that is radically different from the cliched land of bronzed lifesavers and long-suffering sheepfarmers' wives. Robert Dessaix's anthology reflects the diversity, non-conformity and ambiguity that have always been features of Australian society. Remarkably, it confirms that few of the country's most celebrated writers, regardless of their sexuality, have not, at one time or another, written on homosexual themes. Patrick White, David Malouf, Elizabeth Jolley, Frank Moorhouse and Helen Garner are all included, along with a number of newer writers. This rare openness to the illicit and the subversive is just one of the revelations in an entertaining and provocative volume. Through the fiction, poetry and drama of over forty writers, the collection traces the flowering of a rich variety of homosexual sensibilities from colonial times to the present. In a long introductory overview of the literature, Robert Dessaix suggests a number of stimulating readings, and states that his primary consideration is always pleasure for the reader. Erotic, raffish, refined, romantic, rebellious and always perverse, this anthology celebrates the adventurousness and sophistication of Australian writing in ways that cast an exciting new light on Australian cultural history.

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