Nicholas Jose

Nicholas Jose

has written widely on Australian and Asian culture.

About Nicholas Jose

Nicholas Jose has written widely on Australian and Asian culture. He has published several acclaimed novels, two collections of short stories, essays and a memoir, and was general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009). He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.

Articles about Nicholas Jose

Articles by Nicholas Jose

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In the Swash Zone: Harriet Chandler
by Moya Costello

Taking the means of production and dissemination into your own hands through self-publication throws a spanner into the established system of book marketing and promotional recognition. Is that why Moya Costello’s brilliant, beautiful book, Harriet Chandler, slipped through the net?

In Hot Water: Death Fugue
by Sheng Keyi

Death Fugue is a tale of two Chinas, but not the usual contrast of urban and rural or rich and poor in one of the world’s most unequal societies. Rather, it is a contrapuntal figuring of two opposed dreams of what China could be. ‘China Dream’ is the current mantra emanating from the country’s new supreme leader, Xi Jinping. The promise is an economically rich, militarily powerful and ideally civilised China, run by and for the Communist Party. This replaces the other dream of democracy that was crushed in the protests of 1989.

Going home singing: The Analects of Simon Leys

Analects are gleanings, crumbs under the table, fragments of old text that, in the case of Confucius, have coalesced into a classic. Simon Leys, his latest translator and annotator, seldom misses an opportunity to remind us just how ragged and loopy this little book is — a mere one hundred pages in this edition (requiring another hundred pages of irresistible notes). The Analects consists of brief passages of partially recorded or remembered conversations between the Master and a set of often unidentified interlocuters.

Australia’s Asia: From yellow peril to Asian century by editors David Walker and Agnieszka Sobocinska

Outpost thinking

Australia’s Asia offers counter-narratives to the received Australian narrative of Asia, dominated by the implementation, impact and slow dismantling of the White Australia policy.

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Auto da fé: The Burning Library
by Geordie Williamson

The Burning Library begins with an incendiary question: ‘Who or what killed Australian literature?’ The book investigates various possible answers before solving the mystery with the surprise discovery that the corpse may not be dead after all.