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Paul Genoni

Paul Genoni is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Media, Communication and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. He has published widely on Australian literary and cultural studies. Edited books include Thea Astley’s Fictional Worlds (2006), with Susan Sheridan, and Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature, 1935-2012 (2013), with Tanya Dalziell. Authored books include Subverting the Empire: Explorers and Exploration in Australian Fiction (2004), and Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955-1964 (2018), with Tanya Dalziell.

Paul Genoni reviews ‘The Desert Knows Her Name’ by Lia Hills

July 2024, no. 466 20 June 2024
In scene-setting a discussion of Lia Hills’s The Desert Knows Her Name, it is difficult to avoid going straight to the matter of genre. What we have is postcolonial, outback-noir eco-fiction. This genre mash-up isn’t new and is arguably a defining fictional mode of post-settlement Australia’s third century. As a form, it provides a meeting place where authors, both Indigenous (Melissa Lucash ... (read more)

Paul Genoni reviews 'Cultural Seeds' edited by Karen Welberry and Tanya Dalziell

March 2010, no. 319 01 March 2010
Nick Cave, against the odds, is one of the great survivors of Australian music. Cave, who made his first recording in 1978 and established his international reputation after moving to London in 1982, has experienced critical and popular success with a variety of musical ventures including The Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party, Grinderman and, most notably, The Bad Seeds. It is a measure of Cave ... (read more)

Paul Genoni reviews 'The Drover's Wife' edited by Frank Moorhouse

March 2018, no. 399 22 February 2018
In this collection of more than thirty pieces of fiction, journalism, criticism, academic papers, and ephemera (acceptance speeches, parliamentary questions, university course outlines), Frank Moorhouse gives evidence of, and attempts to explain, the durability of Henry Lawson’s classic short story ‘The Drover’s Wife’ in Australian cultural life. Moorhouse’s interest encompasses not only ... (read more)

Hydra as intimate theatre by Paul Genoni

December 2016, no. 387 25 November 2016
In late 1963, Rodney Hall – an aspiring but unpublished poet and novelist – travelled through Greece’s Saronic islands with his wife and their infant daughter. Shortly after Christmas they found themselves on the island of Hydra, where they fell into the company of expatriate Australian writers George Johnston and his wife Charmian Clift, whose time on the island was drawing to a close after ... (read more)

Paul Genoni reviews 'A Food Lover’s Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela' by Dee Nolan

May 2011, no. 331 21 April 2011
In 2010, some 272,461 pilgrims received a Compostela (a certificate of completion) upon reaching the city of Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. The great majority of these had arrived by walking, having covered at least one hundred kilometres on foot in order to qualify. Most, however, had travelled considerably further, using the network of medieval pilgrim routes that cobweb across sout ... (read more)