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Dorothy Driver

Dorothy Driver

Dorothy Driver is Professor of English at the University of Adelaide.


Dorothy Driver reviews 'Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home' by Sisonke Msimang

August 2018, no. 403 26 July 2018
The name Sisonke Msimang may be familiar because of her reported claim in 2015 that Australia was ‘more racist’ than South Africa was during the apartheid era. What she in fact criticised were Australians’ failure to deal adequately with racial difference. Their recourse, she claimed, is to treat historical and present-day practices and manifestations of racism with ‘fake kindness’ rathe ... (read more)

Dorothy Driver reviews 'Outsiders: Five women writers who changed the world' by Lyndall Gordon

May 2018, no. 401 24 April 2018
In 1787, at a time when literary culture was shifting from private patronage and coterie circulation into a new professionalism, the London publisher, bookseller, and journal editor Joseph Johnson offered the position of staff writer to Mary Wollstonecraft, who had already published Thoughts on the Education of Daughters (1787), the first of several books leading to Wollstonecraft’s being named ... (read more)

Dorothy Driver reviews 'Divided Lives: Dreams of a mother and a daughter' by Lyndall Gordon

January-February 2015, no. 368 01 January 2015
Two thirds of the way into Lyndall Gordon’s part memoir, part maternal biography, there is an episode of profound risk to the self. At the age of twenty-four, having recently moved from Cape Town to New York, Gordon is being treated for post-partum depression. This is 1966. Electro-convulsive therapy seems not to have helped, and her psychiatrist is urging longer-term treatment in an asylum in o ... (read more)