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Gregory Kratzmann

Gregory Kratzmann

Gregory Kratzmann, formerly Associate Professor of English at La Trobe University, has edited the letters and poetry of Gwen Harwood. He has published extensively in medieval and early modern literature, and is the editor of Imagination, Books and Community in Medieval Europe (Macmillan and State Library of Victoria, 2009).

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'Westering' by Peter Kirkpatrick

June 2007, no. 292 01 June 2007
‘Westering’ is a resonant archaism which makes a wittily ironic title for Peter Kirkpatrick’s new volume. This is work which has a decidedly début du siècle flavour in its hard-edged urban perspective on ‘out west’. The dialectic of city/bush, with its history from Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson to Les Murray, is voiced in several registers through these finely crafted and sharply lit ... (read more)

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'Bad Hair Days' by Pamela Bone

November 2007, no. 296 01 November 2007
Pamela Bone has written a remarkably brave book. She writes about how the chemotherapy which she underwent after the diagnosis of multiple myeloma in 2004 robbed her of the fearlessness of her life as journalist, human rights activist, feminist, and public speaker. She pays tribute to the late British journalist John Diamond, who insisted that writing about his cancer was not brave at all. Bone di ... (read more)

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'Out Of The Box: Contemporary Australian gay and lesbian poets' edited by Michael Farrell and Jill Jones

April 2010, no. 320 01 April 2010
Does the title of this anthology, heralded by its editors as the first collection of Australian gay/lesbian/queer poetry, refer to the myth of Pandora’s pithos? Hesiod’s version of the story, which sees Pandora as the unleasher of all manner of evils on the (‘rational’/patriarchal) world, has been interrogated by feminist scholars who see Pandora in an older incarnation of ‘gift-giver’ ... (read more)

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2007' edited by Peter Rose and 'The Best Australian Poetry 2007' edited by John Tranter

December 2007–January 2008, no. 297 01 December 2007
Given the Howard government’s recent proposal to include the compulsory study of selected aspects of Australian history for secondary school students, perhaps it is time for more educators to follow the lead of Nicholas Jose and others in urging that Australian literature occupy a more prominent place in the school curriculum. Literature – and poetry in particular – does not have the politic ... (read more)

'Postcard confessions: On Gwen Harwood' by Gregory Kratzman

August 1992, no. 143 01 August 1992
When Gwen Harwood has something private to say, she writes it on a postcard, so that ‘nobody takes any notice of it’. Writing the biography of this elusive poet has set Gregory Kratzman some teasers. Gwen Harwood’s poetry has been the subject of an increasing number of essays and articles during the last decade; in the last twelve months three books have appeared (written by Alison Hoddin ... (read more)

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'Old Songs in the Timeless Land: Medievalism in Australian literature 1840–1910' by Louise D’Arcens

May 2012, no. 341 20 April 2012
Medievalism – the inspiration of the Middle Ages and their Gothic-Romantic and Aesthetic descendants for modern writing – is one of the more fascinating historical discourses to have emerged in Western criticism in recent decades. In Australia, this criticism has been led by Stephanie Trigg, Andrew Lynch, and Louise D’Arcens, who has written perceptively (among other topics) of the architect ... (read more)

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'The Stranger's Child' by Alan Hollinghurst

July–August 2011, no. 333 29 June 2011
Weeks before its release, the Man Booker tipsters are laying short odds on Alan Hollinghurst’s new novel, the successor to his 2004 winner, The Line of Beauty. Booker cynics might agree that the great British literary race has in some seasons had more in common with pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey than the Derby, but here is surely a promising contender for 2011’s glittering prize. Where The Line o ... (read more)

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'The Penguin Book of the Ocean' edited by James Bradley

February 2011, no. 328 01 February 2011
Imagine a bookshop or library whose contents were shelved in a cross-generic way to include a section for Anthologies: this surely would be the largest division, encompassing all of the subsections of literature, science, music, philosophy ... The anthology (‘gathering of flowers’), with its impeccable classical pedigree, is the most comprehensive kind of book, catering in the contemporary rea ... (read more)

Gregory Kratzmann reviews 'Parergon, Vol. 26, No. 2' edited by Anne M. Scott and 'Parergon, Vol. 27, No. 1' edited by Vanessa Smith and Richard Yeo

March 2011, no. 329 01 March 2011
Australian and New Zealand universities have for more than a century produced significant numbers of medieval and early modern literary scholars and historians. Formerly, full international recognition was won by many who moved to the northern hemisphere, but, happily, in these days of the global scholarly community, those who have chosen to make their careers at home are now accorded recognition ... (read more)
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