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Rainforest Narratives:
The Works Of Janette Turner Hospital

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In this groundbreaking work of literary criticism, David Callahan signposts and analyses the major themes scattered throughout Janette Turner Hospital’s writing. Rainforest Narratives is the perfect companion to her fiction for readers and scholars alike.

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Rainforests evoke vivid imagery; the profusion of intertwined trees and undergrowth both invites and confounds exploration. Acclaimed writer Janette Turner Hospital conjures up a rainforest for readers by weaving threads of connection and meaning into a labyrinth of characters and plot lines.

From The Ivory Swing to Orpheus Lost, Hospital’s award-winning novels and short stories have challenged and intrigued readers for over twenty-five years. Hospital’s books tackle complex themes of dislocation, identity, ethics and the nature of reality, wrapping around a reader like rainforest creepers, remaining attached long after the last page is turned.

In this groundbreaking work of literary criticism, David Callahan signposts and analyses the major themes scattered throughout Janette Turner Hospital’s writing. Rainforest Narratives is the perfect companion to her fiction for readers and scholars alike.

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David Callahan

David Callahan is an Associate Professor at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. The editor of Australia—Who Cares? (2007) and Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature (2002), and author of numerous book chapters and articles on Australian literature and culture, American literature, along with other post-colonial literatures and cinema, he has supported and taught Australian literature in Europe for twenty years. After immigrating to four different countries he has a good awareness of the experiences of dislocation that lie at the centre of Janette Turner Hospital's writing.