Southerly 70.3

India India

From useful surveys of Indian-Australian literary relations to a challenging appraisal of the coverage of recent attacks on Indian students in Australia; from a resurrection of the Indian Mollie Skinner to a ground-breaking comparison of life writings by Aboriginal and Dalit/Untouchable women, plus a haunting and absorbing array of stories and poems from some of the most exciting contemporary Indian and Australian writers, India India not only presents a veritable feast from the subcontinent, but reflects just how deeply our cultures, literary and otherwise, are intertwined. An, as ever, there is a selection of the best new Australian writing, whatever its subject. Stunning stories, striking poetry, provocative and absorbing essays: this issue is rich, sumptuous, and packed to the rafters, one of the finest from one of the finest Australian journals.

CONTENTS

Editorial

POETRY

FIVE CONTEMPORARY INDIAN POETS

Arundhathi Subramaniam, Sharecropping
Keki N. Daruwalla, Letters from Tomyris
Meena Kandasamy, four poems
Priya Sarukkai Chabria, Your Hands On My Body
Temsula Ao, A Thousand Beds

Judith Beveridge, The Deal, Little
Philip Salom: Sitar: Sympathetic Strings for Jayanta
Richard Deutch, A Postcard, Pinochle, For My Mother
Sarah Rice, Reflections
Jennifer Maiden, The Year of the Ox
Julie Chevalier, poles apart
Craig Powell, Georg Tintner’s Bicycle, Borrowing Georg Tintner’s Bicycle
Margaret Bradstock, Tank Stream Dreaming, A Ringing Glass (Rilke)
Christopher Edwards, Rilke renditions (12 & 20)
Toby Fitch, Parallels
Todd Turner, The Weeds, Hauling
Derek Motion, regional
Ali Alizadeh, Election Announced, The Bubble

SHORT FICTION

Chris Raja, The Burning Elephant
Aashish Kaul, A Dream of Horses
Christopher Cyrill, Al-Maghrib
Sarah Klenbort, The Chinese Circus Comes to Cessnock
Kunal Sharma, House and Happiness
John Kinsella, Mange
Graeme Kinross-Smith, Famille
Anna Jaquiery, Burma

ESSAYS

Paul Sharrad, Reconfiguring “Asian Australian” Writing
Malati Mathur, India and Australia: Cross Cultural Connections
Ipsita Sengupta, Understanding Mollie’s India: exploring texts, co-texts and contexts of Letters of a V.A.D. and Tucker Sees India
Maria Preethi Srinivasan, Constructing Aboriginal and Dalit Women’s Subjectivity and Making “Difference” Speak
K.G. Naga Radhika, Presenting the Past: Historiography in Aboriginal Theatre of the 80s and 90s
Patrick Bryson, The Men Who Stare at Bogans
Mark Macleod, Reading My First Time in India
Meenakshi Hariharan & C.T. Indra, Negotiating Immigrant Identity: Hazel Edwards’ Fake ID as a Techno-Gothic Child Narrative

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

 

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