Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield

Stephen Mansfield is the author of a Young Adult novel, Have You Seen Byron Lichen? (2002). He also holds a PhD on representations of patrimony in contemporary Australian autobiography.

Stephen Mansfield reviews 'Tollins: Explosive tales for children' by Conn Iggulden

April 2010, no 320 01 April 2010
Stephen Mansfield reviews 'Tollins: Explosive tales for children' by Conn Iggulden
The first book I ever properly owned – pored over, slept with, inscribed – was an elaborately illustrated hardback copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. One can imagine the producers of the attractively packaged Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children hoping it might assume similar significance for a contemporary seven-year-old boy. Conn Iggulden’s secret and quirky world of the Tollins invol ... (read more)

Stephen Mansfield reviews 'Alaska' by Sue Saliba and 'Clara in Washington' by Penny Tangey

December 2011–January 2012, no. 337 24 November 2011
Stephen Mansfield reviews 'Alaska' by Sue Saliba and 'Clara in Washington' by Penny Tangey
Since the publication of Frank Moorhouse’s The Americans, Baby (1972), Australian literature has maintained a tense awareness of its powerful neighbour’s cultural sway over younger generations. Even the ‘Oz as’ Young Adult titles (think of Tim Winton’s Lockie Leonard series) concede, by studious omission, the impact of American cultural hegemony on the teenage imagination in Australia. ... (read more)

Stephen Mansfield reviews 'Crack Hardy' by Stephen Dando-Collins

May 2011, no. 331 21 April 2011
While explorations of Australia at war have never been short on ‘male stories’, the prevalence of the masculine frame may yet increase in coming years as part of the ongoing examination of competing forms of manhood in this country, as evidenced by the upcoming symposium ‘Embattled Men: Masculinity and War’ at the Australian National University. The publicity surrounding the recent awardin ... (read more)