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Christian Griffiths

Christian Griffiths is a PhD candidate in literary studies at Monash University. His research focuses on the interdisciplinary relationships between music and literature. He has recently co-edited a special issue on this theme for Australian Literary Studies, which was released in March 2015.

Christian Griffiths reviews 'Perfidia' by James Ellroy

January-February 2015, no. 368 01 January 2015
There is a quality in James Ellroy’s fiction that evades analysis and exceeds his popular status as a successful author in the ‘crime genre’. This quality is in part connected to his demanding narratives, which inevitably leave one with the nagging feeling that there is a great deal one has failed to understand, and which prompt (often multiple) re-readings of his novels; but it is also conn ... (read more)

Christian Griffiths reviews 'Navigatio' by Patrick Holland

December 2014, no. 367 01 December 2014
Patrick Holland’s Navigatio tells the story of Saint Brendan, a monk in early-Christian Ireland who embarks on a sea-bound pilgrimage. The religious nature of this premise offers Holland a degree of freedom from historical realism, and the oceanic regions explored by Brendan are thereby conceived as a realm of mythic and apocalyptic imagination. Brendan’s own pious heroism appears to be modell ... (read more)