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  • The Dog that Dumped on my Doonaby Barry Jonsberg

    Allen & Unwin 2008; US$ 13.59

    What's an eleven-year-old boy to do when an ugly dog called Blacky appears on his bed and tells him he has been given the mission to rescue God? This is a 'fast and funny book' from CBCA-shortlisted author Barry Jonsberg. more...

  • Big Book of Verse for Aussie Kidsby Jim Haynes

    Allen & Unwin 2009; US$ 18.17

    From Banjo Paterson to Spike Milligan, Rudyard Kipling to Hilaire Belloc, Lewis Carol to CJ Dennis - the most definitive collection of verse ever collected for Australian children. more...

  • Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apartby Harold Bloom

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 54.00

    "Things Fall Apart", set in Nigeria about a century ago, is widely regarded as Chinua Achebe's masterpiece. Considered one of the most broadly read African novels, Achebe's work responded to the two-dimensional caricatures of Africans that often dominated Western literature. This guide contains a selection of contemporary criticism... more...

  • Ngugi wa Thiong?o, Gender, and the Ethics of Postcolonial Readingby Dr Brendon Nicholls

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 124.95

    This is the first comprehensive book-length study of gender politics in Ngugi wa Thiong's fiction. Brendon Nicholls argues that the mechanisms of gender subordination are strategically crucial to Ngugi's ideological project, but that his fiction also creates transgressive spaces for women.Nicholls proposes a strategy of 'performative reading'... more...

  • J.M. Coetzee's Austeritiesby Professor Michael Neill; Professor Graham Bradshaw

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 134.95

    Representing a wide range of critical and theoretical perspectives, this volume seeks to align the South African dimension of Coetzee's writing with his "late modernist" aesthetic. It includes essays exploring the relationship between Coetzee's novels and his work on linguistics; and, by paying particular attention to the novelist's... more...

  • J. M. Coetzee: Countervoicesby Carrol Clarkson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2009; US$ 30.00

    Clarkson pays sustained attention to the dynamic interaction between Coetzee's fiction and his critical writing, exploring the Nobel prize-winner's participation in, and contribution to, contemporary literary-philosophical debates. The book engages with the most recent literary and philosophical responses to Coetzee's work. more...

  • Arguments of Augustan Witby John Sitter

    Cambridge University Press 1991; US$ 44.00

    John Sitter makes a challenging claim for the importance of wit in the writings of Dryden, Rochester, Prior, Berkeley, Gay, Pope and Swift. more...

  • Voice Overby Breyten Breytenbach

    Archipelago Books 2010; US$ 9.00

    Hertzog Prize winner Breyten Breytenbach's imaginative and inspirational elegy to Palestine's greatest poet. more...

  • Delete This at Your Perilby Bob Servant; Neil Forsyth

    Birlinn 2011; US$ 8.44

    This is an hilarious collection of email exchanges starring the anti-hero of spam, Bob Servant, now republished with previously unreleased material. Spam is the plague of the electronic age, comprising 90% of all emails sent and conning over 0150m a year from British victims. Into this wave of corruption steps the brave figure of Bob Servant a... more...

  • Ridicule, Religion and the Politics of Wit in Augustan Englandby Professor Roger D Lund

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 124.95

    Arguing for wit's importance beyond its use as a literary device, Lund traces the process by which writers in Restoration and eighteenth-century England struggled to define an appropriate role for wit in the public sphere. He shows how fear of wit as a subversive rhetorical form threatening church and state resulted in attacks on heterodox writers,... more...