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Vanden Driesen, Cynthia

Overview
Works: 23 works in 58 publications in 1 language and 2,675 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  History 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR9619.3.W5, A823.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Cynthia Vanden Driesen
Writing the nation : Patrick White and the indigene by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The time for new approaches to White’s work is overdue. Central to the present study are Edward Said’s ideas about the role of the intellectual (and the writer) – of speaking “truth to power,” and also the importance of tracing the “affiliations” of a text and its embeddedness in the world. This approach is not incompatible with Jung’s theory of the ‘great’ artist and his capacity to answer the deep-seated psychic needs of his people. White’s work has contributed in many different ways to the writing of the nation. The spiritual needs of a young nation such as Australia must also comprehend its continual urge towards self-definition. Explored here is one important aspect of that challenge: white Australia’s dealings with the indigenous people of the land, tracing the significance of the Aboriginal presence in three texts selected from the oeuvre of Patrick White: Voss (1957), Riders in the Chariot (1961), and A Fringe of Leaves (1976). Each of these texts interrogates European culture’s denigration of the non-European Other as embedded in the discourse of orientalism. One central merit of White’s commanding perspective is the constant close attention he pays to European hubris and to the paramount autonomy of indigenous culture. There is evidence even of a project which can be articulated as a search for the possibility of white indigeneity, the potential for the white settler’s belonging within the land as does the indigene."--Publisher's website
Patrick White centenary : the legacy of a prodigal son by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume marks the birth centenary of a giant amongst contemporary writers: the Australian Nobel prize-winning novelist, Patrick White (1912-1990). It proffers an invaluable insight into the current state of White studies through commentaries drawn from an international galaxy of eminent critics, as well as from newer talents. The book proves that interest in White's work continues to grow and diversify. Every essay offers a new insight: some are re-evaluations by seasoned critics who revise earlier positions significantly; others admit new light onto what has seemed like well-trodden terrain or focus on works perhaps undervalued in the past--his poetry, an early short story or novel--which are now subjected to fresh attention. His posthumous work has also won attention from prominent critics. New comparisons with other international writers have been drawn in terms of subject matter, themes and philosophy. The expansion of critical attention into fields like photography and film opens new possibilities for enhancing further appreciation of his work. White's interest in public issues such as the treatment of Australia's Indigenous peoples, human rights and Australian nationalism is refracted through the inclusion of relevant commentaries from notable contributors. For the first time in Australian literary history, Indigenous scholars have participated in a celebration of the work of a white Australian writer. All of this highlights a new direction in White studies--the appreciation of his stature as a public intellectual. The book demonstrates that White's legacy has limitless possibilities for further growth
Centering the margins : perspectives on literatures in English from India, Africa, Australia by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Articles on contemporary literature, chiefly about women
Diaspora, the Australasian experience( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributed articles presented at the conference organized by Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia
Celebrations, fifty years of Sri Lanka-Australia interactions( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miscellaneous topics, most written by Sri Lankan immigrants settled in Australia
The novels of R.K. Narayan by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( Book )

4 editions published between 1973 and 1986 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Change-conflict and convergence : Austral-Asian scenarios( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Austral-Asian encounters : from literature and women's studies to politics and tourism( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers presented at the Second International AASA Conference, held at Mysore in September 2000
New directions in Australian studies : papers of the inaugural conference of the Asian Association for the Study of Australia (AASA), 'Creative Configurations', Kerala, India (1997) by Asian Association for the Study of Australia( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Globalisation : Australian-Asian perspectives by Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers presented at the 5th International Conference of the Association for the Study of Australasia in Asia, held at Osmania University in December 2011
Writing the nation Patrick White and the indigene by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patrick White and a p̀agan' world by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rewriting Europe: Carey's Jack Maggs and Malouf's remembering Babylon by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

1 edition published in 2009 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Writing the nation Patrick White and the indigene by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Writing the Nation (Cross by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Intoduction - Diaspora - The Australasian Experience by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

1 edition published in 2005 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Writing the nation : Patrick White and the indigene by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

1 edition published in 2009 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The time for new approaches to White's work is overdue. Central to the present study are Edward Said's ideas about the role of the intellectual (and the writer) - of speaking "truth to power," and also the importance of tracing the "affiliations" of a text and its embeddedness in the world. This approach is not incompatible with Jung's theory of the 'great' artist and his capacity to answer the deep-seated psychic needs of his people. White's work has contributed in many different ways to the writing of the nation. The spiritual needs of a young nation such as Australia must also comprehend its continual urge towards self-definition. Explored here is one important aspect of that challenge: white Australia's dealings with the indigenous people of the land, tracing the significance of the Aboriginal presence in three texts selected from the oeuvre of Patrick White: Voss (1957), Riders in the Chariot (1961), and A Fringe of Leaves (1976). Each of these texts interrogates European culture's denigration of the non-European Other as embedded in the discourse of orientalism. One central merit of White's commanding perspective is the constant close attention he pays to European hubris and to the paramount autonomy of indigenous culture. There is evidence even of a project which can be articulated as a search for the possibility of white indigeneity, the potential for the white settler's belonging within the land as does the indigene
From a shrew from the Orkneys to White Indigene: Re-Inventions of Eliza Fraser by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

1 edition published in 2009 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Few episodes in postcolonial Australian history have shown so remarkable a capacity to generate ever-increasing cross-fertilisations between myth, history and memory than the narratives centred on Eliza Fraser. The archive of materials surrounding the shipwreck of this British woman and her brief sojourn among the indigenous people of the Badtjala community of Fraser Island in the nineteenth century continues to grow. Kay Schaffer’s impressive work overtook earlier studies of the phenomenon but concentrates mainly on the many European re-constructions of the episode .The fecundity of the materials is far from exhausted. This paper explores some of the Aboriginal reactions to the tale but its main focus is Patrick White’s novel A Fringe of Leaves, which grew out of his own research and constructs a new myth with implications for the nation. It is a work with the potential for developing (in Jim Davidson’s words) “a myth of reconciliation, and possibilities of growth.”This Paper shows White’s melding of history, myth, memory and imagination in this novel is illustrative of the literary artist’s contribution to “writing the nation.”
Heaven in a grain of sand - Patrick White's contemporary vision by Cynthia Vanden Driesen( )

1 edition published in 2009 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Australia's Nobel Prize-winning writer, Patrick White, has unequivocally stated: "Religion-that's behind all my novels ...." He remains acutely aware of the challenge before a writer with such preoccupations in the context of the contemporary world and his writing strategies present a range of subtleties designed, it would appear, to negotiate the challenges its dominant secular ethos. The dismissal of the religious stance as irrational is undermined in these texts by the consistent projection of the irrational as a source of valuable cognitive experience. Indeed the overvaluing of the rational faculties is shown to cripple the human spirit. Against the charge of the evasion of human realities, the religious experience is shown to be deeply imbricated in the mundane realities of ordinary existence. White's evocative style of writing exploits all the suggestiveness of image and symbol and the devices of poetry to enforce an acceptance of his vision of human experience as innately involved with a transcendental religious dimension. Most interesting is the nature of White's "saints." They are all sinners first, conscious of the flaws of their imperfect natures. Spiritual understanding is grasped through embracing the mundane realties of ordinary existence, not an ascetic withdrawal from it. Mystical experiences are projected as a kind of seeing deeper into the phenomenal world rather than an escape into transcendence. White's saints attain understanding of transcendental mysteries through immersion in the gritty realities of the mundane world. White's novels project a Blakean vision of "Heaven in a grain of sand."
An anthology of Australian literature = Hoju munhak chŏnjip( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Writing the nation : Patrick White and the indigene
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Driesen Cynthia vanden

Vanden Driesen, C. A.

Vanden Driesen, C. A. (Cynthia A.)

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VandenDriesen, Cynthia

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