Association for the Study of Australian Literature

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Association for the Study of Australian Literature Ltd
Type Literary and educational; Australian public company, limited by guarantee (from date 17 May 1984)
ABN 37 002 755 599
Registration no. ACN 002 755 599
Location
  • Burwood, Victoria (registered office)
Area served
Australia
Website asaliterature.com
Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature  
Former names
Notes and Furphies; Conference Proceedings, Association for the Study of Australian Literature.
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
JASAL
Discipline literature
Language English
Publication details
Publisher
Association for the Study of Australian Literature (Australia)
Publication history
2002 –
Frequency twice a year
JASAL Archive
Indexing
ISSN 1447-8986
Links
Notes and Furphies  
Discipline literature bulletin
Language English
Publication details
Publisher
Association for the Study of Australian Literature (Australia)
Publication history
1978 – 2000
Frequency ceased
Indexing
ISSN 0156-806X

The Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) is an Australian organisation which promotes the creation and study of Australian literature and literary culture especially through the interaction of Australian writers with teachers and students. It administers several awards, holds a yearly conference, publishes a newsletter and journal, and has sponsored several publications.[1][2]

The Australian Literature Society, which had been formed in Melbourne in 1899,[2] merged into ASAL which, since 1982, has administered the ALS Gold Medal.[1] ASAL also administers:

  • the Mary Gilmore Award;
  • the A.D. Hope Prize, awarded annually for the best paper delivered by a postgraduate student to the ASAL annual conference;
  • the Walter McRae Russell Award for the best book of literary scholarship on an Australian subject published in the preceding two calendar years; before 1994, it was awarded to a young or unestablished author for an outstanding work of literary scholarship;[2]
  • the Magarey Medal for biography, a biennial prize for the best published biographical writing by a female author on an Australian subject in the preceding two years;
  • the A.A. Phillips Award, an occasional award for a work or the work of an author which the ASAL executive considers an outstanding contribution to Australian literature or literary studies.[2]

ASAL maintains a directory of postgraduate research.[2]

History[edit]

ASAL held its inaugural conference at Monash University in May 1978 when it adopted its constitution and appointed A.D. Hope and Judith Wright as patrons.[1]

Life members[edit]

It has conferred life membership upon Clem Christesen, Mary Lord, Judith Wright, Thea Astley, Peter Cowan, Rosemary Dobson, Gwen Harwood, Eric Irvin, Ken Stewart, Julian Croft and Ian McLaren.[1]

Publications[edit]

From October 1978 until October 2000, ASAL published 43 issues of a bulletin, Notes and Furphies. The bulletin was merged with ASAL's publication of conference proceedings to form the Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ISSN 1447-8986).

ASAL initiated the ASAL Literary Studies Series of specialist monographs on Australian writing:

  • Paul Genoni, Subverting the Empire: Explorers and Exploration in Australian Fiction (2004) ISBN 1863355537
  • Anne Pender, Christina Stead: Satirist (2002) ISBN 1863350837
  • Susan Lever, Real Relations: The Feminist Politics of Form in Australian Fiction (2000) ISBN 1875684417
  • Alison Bartlett, Jamming the Machinery: Contemporary Australian Women’s Writing (1998) ISBN 0958712123
  • Leigh Dale, The English Men: Professing Literature in Australian Universities (1997) ISBN 0646311611
  • David Carter, A Career in Writing: Judah Waten and the Cultural Cringe (1997) ISBN 0958712107

Included in the important publications ASAL has sponsored are:[1]

  • The Oxford Literary Guide to Australia (1987, revised 1993)
  • the Penguin New Literary History of Australia (1988) and
  • the Macquarie Dictionary of Australian Quotations (1990).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Association for the Study of Australian Literature" in William H. Wilde, Joy Hooton, and Barry Andrews (eds) (1994) The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature via Oxford Reference Online, Oxford University Press, accessed 20 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Association for the Study of Australian Literature" in AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource, National Library of Australia and Australian Studies Centre, Department of English, University of Queensland, [2002 -]

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