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Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie Bishop was named one of The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists for her debut novel, The Singing. She holds a PhD from Cambridge University and is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales.

Stephanie Bishop reviews 'How Fiction Works' by James Wood

May 2008, no. 301 01 May 2004
When E.M. Forster published Aspects of the Novel in 1927, he was not writing as a critic, and the success of the book is due to precisely that. Forster gives us the intuitive judgements of a novelist – a series of rough observations full of verve. James Wood’s How Fiction Works is indebted to Forster’s study and turns on like questions (what constitutes a convincing character? How does narra ... (read more)

Stephanie Bishop reviews 'Etchings 2', edited by Patrick Allington, Sabina Hopfer and Christopher Lappas, and 'Island 108', edited by Gina Mercer

September 2007, no. 294 08 November 2022
Walt Whitman’s famous line ‘I sing the body electric’ could well serve as the epilogue to Etchings 2, whose dynamic offerings are gathered under the theme of connectivity and the generation of energy. indeed, being ‘wired’ has become a predominant feature of modern existence. This is obviously true of our relationship to the internet and of our addiction to instantaneous transactions and ... (read more)

Stephanie Bishop reviews 'The Children' by Charlotte Wood

October 2007, no. 295 01 October 2007
Childhood, Freud taught, becomes us, but our earliest memories can be sly; they resist us when we seek them, and pounce when we are unprepared. It is thus only by chance that Proust comes upon his first recollections, those idyllic scenes revived in long wafts of hawthorn-scented nostalgia. The legacy of childhood and its fickle reminiscence has always been prominent in Charlotte Wood’s work. In ... (read more)