Greg Dening

Greg Dening (1931–2008) was a Jesuit priest before becoming an Australian historian of the Pacific. His books include Mr Bligh's Bad Language: Passion, Power and Theater on The Bounty (1992) and Performances (1996).

Greg Dening reviews 'A Life on the Ocean Wave: Voyages to Australia, India and the Pacific from the journals of Captain George Bayly 1824–1844' edited by Pamela Statham and Rica Erickson

October 1998, no. 205 01 October 1998
Greg Dening reviews 'A Life on the Ocean Wave: Voyages to Australia, India and the Pacific from the journals of Captain George Bayly 1824–1844' edited by Pamela Statham and Rica Erickson
A white-haired, white-bearded Captain George Bayly peers benignly out at us from the 1885 photograph frontispiece of A Life on the Ocean Wave. With epaulettes to his black uniform jacket, braided sleeves, a sword at his side and a ceremonial captain’s head-piece on the table beside him, Bayly looks the quintessential retired man of the sea. He looks like a man Charles Dickens should have been de ... (read more)

Greg Dening reviews 'Kingdoms Come: Religion and politics in Brazil' by Rowan Ireland

September 1992, no. 144 01 September 1992
Greg Dening reviews 'Kingdoms Come: Religion and politics in Brazil' by Rowan Ireland
Kingdoms and kingdoms go, but great books last forever. Rowan Ireland’s is a great book. It catches the otherness of a Brazilian religious/political experience tenderly, humbly. It is masterfully academic and lovingly humane at the same time. The miles are long between Bundoora with its La Trobe University (where Dr Ireland, Australian-born, Harvard-educated, teaches sociology) and Brazil with ... (read more)