Peter Pierce is Adjunct Professor in the School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies at Monash University. He is the editor of The Cambridge History of Australian Literature (2009).
All essays by Peter Pierce
The Museum of Modern Love
by Heather Rose
Allen & Unwin
Published September, 2016
The Mischievous Artistry of Heather Rose: The Museum of Modern Love
‘Rose might be reckoned to have fashioned a body of work intensely linked in themes, preoccupations and techniques. The mention of a few will introduce a longer look at Rose’s fictional world: mutilation, metamorphosis, accidental deaths, artists working ardently in various mediums, the remote shores and landscapes of Tasmania, the impingement of a benign spirit realm on the daily lives of some of her characters, people ostracised or outcast from whatever need, fault or compulsion.’
by James Bradley
Published January, 2015
The catastrophe business: Clade by James Bradley
The first scene in Clade is in Antarctica. It is the summer solstice, ‘the first intimation of the year’s long retreat into the dark’. Adam is a scientist and, in particular, a climate-change researcher. The urgency of this activity is underscored, not for the last time, in a novel that will let us consume our fill of human-assisted natural catastrophes …
The Young Desire It
by Kenneth Mackenzie
Published August, 2013
No success like failure: The Young Desire It by Kenneth Mackenzie
The Young Desire It is one of the most brilliant, confident and unusual instances of a Bildungsroman in Australian literature. Nor was it a flash of genius soon extinguished. Scores of poems and three more novels followed, besides extensive unpublished fiction. But how has Mackenzie fared in Australian literary history?
by Robert Drewe
Published September, 2012
The Assignments of Robert Drewe: Montebello
Here are stories that Drewe has not had time to tell before, others that he has told and which now reappear in fresh versions. Involved also is a persistent retrospect on his career, a process less nostalgic than it is interested in the fashioning of his reputation.