Melissa Jane Hardie (ed.): Southerly, Vol. 72, No. 2

Melissa Jane Hardie (ed.): Southerly, Vol. 72, No. 2

Southerly, Vol. 72, No. 2

edited by Melissa Jane Hardie

Brandl & Schlesinger, $29.95 pb, 208 pp, 9781921556364

The critical essays collected in this current issue of Australia’s oldest literary journal make for frustrating reading. The theme is true crime, with a focus on the relationship between the sensational and the literary. Topics range from Underbelly Razor to the Jerilderie Letter to Schapelle Corby’s autobiography. Fascinating material, no doubt, but most of the contributions fail to engage and feel more like mutilated book chapters or hurriedly swept-together research notes, characterised by erratic analyses and flabby prose.

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Published in May 2013 no. 351
Andrew Fuhrmann

Andrew Fuhrmann

Andrew Fuhrmann reviews books and theatre. He was an ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellow in 2013 and is currently writing a book on the plays of Patrick White.

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