Julieanne Lamond

Julieanne Lamond

is a Lecturer in English at the Australian National University.


About Julieanne Lamond

Julieanne Lamond is a Lecturer in English at the Australian National University. She has published essays on Australian writers including Rosa Praed, Barbara Baynton, Steele Rudd, Miles Franklin and M. Barnard Eldershaw, as well as on gender and literary value, and the history of reading in Australia. She is editor of Australian Literary Studies.


Articles about Julieanne Lamond

Articles by Julieanne Lamond

The Good People by Hannah Kent cover

Believing in Fairies

'I know this probably makes me a bad reviewer but I am pretty agnostic about the question of literary value. I carry the inherent suspicion of canonicity of my generation of scholars and feminists (and the generation that went just before me). The question of what makes a book important, or even very good, is difficult for me. But to review a novel is to wade into the waters of literary value and try to snag something on your stick. I tend to snag things I have inherited from modernism and its impact on my education as a literary studies scholar: the complexity of the ideas that the book is grappling with, or its awareness of other books, or its ability to do something new. But there are others things to snag, that have tended to be coded feminine: the pleasure of plot, the engagement of complex identification, recognition, thrill (the kinds of things Rita Felski writes so beautifully about in The Uses of Literature).'

The World Without Us Cover

The Atmosphere We Live In

‘How do we live through the losses we know are going on all around us, a sense of calamity that is not new to our age but which is newly pervasive of our atmosphere, the earth under our feet? In the face of this, Mireille Juchau’s fiction presents art not as self-realisation but rather as a vital way of paying attention to the world — and the people — around us.’

Nothing too serious

Amnesia is a less serious novel than I thought it would be. This is, for the most part, a good thing. There are long moments in which the novel sinks its reader into the soft pillow of a well-told story, the guilty pleasure of being in the hands of a practised manipulator of readerly emotions, as Carey deals out his cards of sentiment, guilt, betrayal and compromise. Much of Amnesia, however, works in another, slightly less comfortable register.

The Australian Face

Barracuda continues the unlikely project, initiated by Tsiolkas’ fourth novel The Slap, of bringing troubling ideas about the Australian mainstream within the view of a mainstream readership. Tsiolkas is better than anyone else writing in Australia today at thinking about the affective pull and the sharp edges of communities: ethnicity, family, friendship, class, nation.

Being useful

The broader question of the public good that universities provide is dealt with in a cursory fashion in Raising the Stakes, couched, for example, in the language of the ‘global challenges’ presented by the World Economic Forum.