Susan Sheridan

Susan Sheridan

Susan Sheridan FAHA is Emeritus Professor in the School of Humanities at Flinders University in Adelaide. Her latest book is The Fiction of Thea Astley (2016). Earlier books include: Nine Lives: Postwar Women Writers Making Their Mark (2011), Christina Stead (1988), Along the Faultlines: Sex, Race and Nation in Australian Women’s Writing 1880s to 1930s (1995), and Who Was That Woman? The Australian Women’s Weekly in the Postwar Years (2002); as editor, Grafts: Feminist Cultural Criticism (1988), Debutante Nation: Feminism Contests the 1890s (1993) with Sue Rowley and Susan Magarey, and Thea Astley’s Fictional Worlds (2006), with Paul Genoni.

Susan Sheridan reviews 'Down in the City' by Elizabeth Harrower

February 2014, no. 358 19 January 2014
Susan Sheridan reviews 'Down in the City' by Elizabeth Harrower
Elizabeth Harrower’s début novel was first published by Cassell in London in 1957. Down in the City begins with a hymn to Sydney, with its beaches, harbour suburbs, city arcades – and disreputable Kings Cross, ‘a haven for the foreigner and racketeer; a beacon for long-haired boys, mascaraed women and powdered men. It is Montmartre: it is bright and wicked.’ ... (read more)

Susan Sheridan reviews 'Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family' by Gabrielle Carey

December 2013–January 2014, no. 357 01 December 2013
Susan Sheridan reviews 'Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family' by Gabrielle Carey
When Gabrielle Carey wrote Puberty Blues (1979) with her school friend Kathy Lette, it was closely based on her own experience as a teenager. This initiated a writing career specialising in autobiography. Her novel The Borrowed Girl (1994) is based on her experience of living in a Mexican village, and So Many Selves (2006) is a personal memoir. Her new book extends the work of mourning and remembe ... (read more)

Susan Sheridan reviews 'Collected' by Rosemary Dobson

July–August 2012, no. 343 10 July 2012
Susan Sheridan reviews 'Collected' by Rosemary Dobson
This volume contains all the poems that Rosemary Dobson wants to preserve. They represent a substantial portion of her output, which seems right for a poet who began with a degree of quiet confidence and poise that belied her youth. From the earliest, published when she was in her twenties, to the latest, dictated only last year by the ninety-year-old poet to her daughter, the poems attest to the ... (read more)

Susan Sheridan reviews 'True North: The story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack' by Brenda Niall

April 2012, no. 340 01 April 2012
Susan Sheridan reviews 'True North: The story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack' by Brenda Niall
In April 1934 sisters Mary and Elizabeth Durack joined their eldest brother, Reg, at Argyle Downs Station in the Kimberley. Mary was twenty-one, her sister eighteen. Educated at Loreto Convent in Perth, they had been reared on a diet of stories about life in the north told by their father, Michael Patrick Durack (known as ‘MPD’), when he returned from the family’s pastoral holdings every wet ... (read more)

Susan Sheridan reviews 'The Flight Attendant’s Shoe' by Prudence Black

December 2011–January 2012, no. 337 24 November 2011
Susan Sheridan reviews 'The Flight Attendant’s Shoe' by Prudence Black
The international air hostess was the ultimate twentieth-century modern girl – mobile, cosmopolitan, glamorous. She was paid to travel around the world, journeys that, in the early years of intercontinental travel, could take several days and involve stopping at exotic places such as Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, and Cairo on the ‘Kangaroo Route’ between Australia and London. She was, of cou ... (read more)
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