Thursday, January 24, 2013

Current and forthcoming issues of ANTIPODES

The December 2012 Antipodes is now published. 

The June 2013 Antipodes will be a special issue on Austrlaia and the 1960s guest edited by Mark Klemens.  include cover art by George Matoulas; articles by Michael Ackland (on Christina Stead), Toby Davidson (on Francis Webb), Caterina Colomba (on Thomas Keneally),, Brenda Machosky (on iris Milutinovic), Colin Dray (on Gwen Harwood),, Richard Pascal (on F. B. Vickers), Sean McMullen (on Australian science fiction), Janice Shaw (on Frank Moorhouse); the issue will also include fiction by John Kinsella and  creative nonfiction by Ouyang Yu (on Mo Yan's Nobel Prize) and Brendan Ryan (on John McGahern).

The December 2013 Antipodes will feature cover art by James Barker  and articles by Yunqiu Liu (on Tim Winton), Michael Buhagiar (on Christopher Brennan), Fiona Duthie (on Elliot Perlman), Michael Titlestad (on the Batavia wreck), Natasa Kampmark (on translating Patrick White), Helen Gildfind (on Eleanor Dark), Therese-Marie Mayer (on Tasmanian bush fiction),  Lars Anderson (on Gerald Murnane), Martina Horakova (on Kim Mahood), Ali Alizadeh (on Lionel Fogarty). 

The June 2014 issue will be devoted to the pedagogy of Australian and New Zealand literature. Most of the prospective article shave already been invited but we do have room for one or two articles in specific pedagogical occasions (a course, a class, a syllabus) in the teaching of Antipodean literature. 

As of the June 2013 issue, John Scheckter (Long Island University) will be joining the Antipodes editorial advisory board. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Why I buy so many Australian e-books

It is interesting that, as a consumer, I am buying far more Australian books in e-book format than I do in physical format, even though as editor of an Australianist publication I cam more or less get review books on demand from publishers and even though for many years it has been perfectly easy to purchase Australian books in physical form on the Internet. But in the past month, as I research as long paper on a contemporary Australian author, write a couple of book reviews, and strive to inform myself on authors on whom contributors to Antipodes are submitting articles, I have spent about US $100 on various Australian ebooks. Interestingly, whereas I forbore to buy that many Australian books earlier not just because of the physical limitations of my smallish, book-crammed Manhattan apartment, but because the Australian books seemed so much from a different world as to mingle uneasily, in a qualitative sense, with the European and North American books I had largely on hand, leaving me feeling divided as a reader.  On my e-reader, this is no worry; most if the books on these are classics, and yet the Australian books blend in with them quite inconspicuously. If I am a representative sample, the Australian publishing industry is doing quite well on e-books.