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Frances Devlin-Glass

Frances Devlin-Glass teaches Literary Studies at Deakin University (Melbourne) and is currently researching new (and post-religious) definitions of the sacred in Australian Literature.

Frances Devlin-Glass reviews 'The Higher Self in Christopher Brennan's Poems: Esotericism, Romanticism, Symbolism' by Katherine Barnes

March 2008, no. 299 01 March 2008
Katherine Barnes’s book on Christopher Brennan (1870 – 1932) is unusual in the Australian academy in that the work does not much concern itself with postmodern theory, or the kinds of questions that might arise from Brennan’s oeuvre for a modern reader. It bypasses the more familiar kind of enquiry, such as the intriguing questions that Brennan might be seen to raise in relationship to psych ... (read more)

Frances Devlin-Glass reviews 'Thea Astley’s Fictional Worlds' edited by Susan Sheridan and Paul Genoni

December 2009–January 2010, no. 317 01 December 2009
This updated edition of essays on Thea Astley’s fiction will appeal to readers beyond the academy. It plays with the question as to why Astley (1925–2004) has been the subject of so little literary scholarship, despite her many literary awards (including four Miles Franklin Awards – only Tim Winton has won as many). This retrospective collection offers an engaging study of the ways in which ... (read more)

Frances Devlin-Glass reviews 'Broken Song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal possession' by Barry Hill

December 2002-January 2003, no. 247 01 December 2002
It seems to be only a couple of years ago that my students declared gender and race to be the ‘hot’ topics in culture. Now, I confidently predict, they will relegate gender (still acknowledging its importance) and reformulate the second term by adding a third: race and its intersection with religion, in its broadest definition. Broken Song analyses the fraught relationships that exist and have ... (read more)