Emmett Stinson is Head of English at the University of Tasmania. He is the author of Satirizing Modernism and Known Unknowns.
All essays by Emmett Stinson
The Magpie Wing
by Max Easton
Published September 2021
Like Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, Easton’s The Magpie Wing is an anxious novel about anxious characters in anxious times. It seeks to register this anxiety in all of its contradictions and complexities, but thankfully does not want to resolve it.
Tilting at Windmills: The Literary Magazine in Australia, 1968-2012
by Phillip Edmonds
University of Adelaide Press
Published March, 2015
The Lifted Brow, Issue 27
by Stephanie Van Schilt, Ellena Savage, and Gillian Terzis (eds.)
- Overland, Issue 220 by Jacinda Woodhead (ed.)
Island, Issue 142
by Matthew Lamb (ed.)
- The Canary Press, Issue 8 by Robert Skinner (ed.)
Quiet Conversations in a Very Noisy Room: Tilting at Windmills
Whether or not little magazines are idealistic enterprises, they are essential to contemporary literary culture: they showcase new and emerging writers; provide a training ground for editors and administrators; offer more extended literary debates and discussions than the broadsheets; comprise a venue for journalism that contains views outside of the liberal mainstream; serve as rallying points for different communities of readers and coteries of authors; and present a steady stream of readings, events, panel discussions, and online conversations through social media.
by Tom McCarthy
Published March, 2015
Is It Fundable? Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
Tom McCarthy is an interesting writer. I mean this in a precise way: Sianne Ngai, in Our Aesthetic Categories defines the ‘interesting’ as an important contemporary aesthetic category that ‘has been associated with genres with an unusual investment in theory’.
A Million Windows
by Gerald Murnane
Published June, 2014
Remote Viewing: A Million Windows by Gerald Murnane
As the narrator of A Million Windows repeatedly reaffirms, the most important compositional principle in Murnane’s work is a genuine and thoroughgoing respect for the space of fiction as something radically different from everyday reality.
The Letters of William Gaddis
by Steven Moore (editor)
Dalkey Archive Press
Published March, 2013
Late Recognition: The Letters of William Gaddis
The publication of The Letters of William Gaddis is significant because it presents the first direct and unveiled access to this ‘reclusive’ author. For those of us who know and love Gaddis’s work, however, there is something discomfiting about such personal revelations.
In the Same Boat
Have Australians overcome the cultural cringe and learned, as Phillips hoped they would, ‘the art of being unselfconsciously ourselves’? I am less sanguine about rumours of cringe’s demise…I think an example of how the cringe currently operates can be found by examining an increasingly marginal – if symbolically important – cultural form: the single-author short story collection.