Please join the Oakland University Department of English for a reading by internationally acclaimed novelist and short story writer, Janette Turner Hospital. The reading will be March 22, 2010, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in Banquet Room A in the Oakland Center. For more information contact Cynthia Ferrera (248-370-2250; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professor Hospital holds an endowed chair as Carolina Distinguished Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. In 2003 she received the Russelll Research Award for Humanities and Social sciences, conferred by the university for the most significant faculty contribution in a given year. Selina Samuels, in her entry on Hospital in the Dictionary of Literary Biography volume on contemporary Australian writers (link to this article), describes Hospital as "a strongly Australian writer as well as being paradigmatically postmodern and postcolonial. She is primarily Australian, despite (or perhaps as a result of ) having frequently been claimed as a Canadian and an American writer."
Books by Hospital in Oakland University's Kresge Library.
Collected Stories, 1970-1995. St. Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 1995. (location and availability in OU Library)
Due Preparations for the Plague. New York : W.W. Norton, c2003.(location and availability in OU Library) (information about Due Preparations...)
The Last Magician; a Novel. New York : Norton & Co., 2003, c1992.(location and availability in OU Library) (information about The Last Magician)
North of Nowhere, South of Loss. [short stories] New York : Norton Trade Pbk., 2006, c2003. (location and availability in OU Library) (information about North of Nowhere...)
Orpheus Lost, a Novel. New York : W.W. Norton, 2007. (location and availability in OU Library ) (information about Orpheus Lost)
Oyster. New York : W.W. Norton, c1998. (location and availability in OU Library ) (information about Oyster)
Samples of Hospital's work available online:
*"An excerpt from Janette Turner Hospital's forthcoming novel Orpheus Lost." Critique, Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 48.4 (Summer 2007), 345+.
*"Frames and Wonder [short story]." The Literary Review, 45.1 (Fall 2001), 36+.
*"Night Train [short story]." Antipodes, a North American Journal of Australian Literature, 14.1 (June 2000), 3+.
Two interviews with Hospital:
*"How I Write [a brief interview]." The Writer, 121.9 (September 2008), 57.
*Greiner, Donald J. "'The God Itch': an Interview with Janette Turner Hospital." Critique, Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 48.4 (Summer 2007), 331+.
Criticism of her work:
*Craven, Peter. "Beauty in Terror: Janette Turner Hospital's Orpheus Lost." Critique, Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 48.4 (Summer 2007), 355-362.
*Plisiewicz, Paul. "Along the border between passion and obsession.(Orpheus Lost)(Book review)." Antipodes, a North American Journal of Australian Literature, 22.1 (June 2008), 73+.
*Samuels, Selina. “Dislocation and Memory in the Short Stories of Janette Turner Hospital.” Journal of Modern Literature, 17.1 (Summer 1996), 85-95.
Other information about Hospital:
Hospital's web page at the University of South Carolina
Hospital's personal web site (which includes information about her books, brief biographical information, etc.)
*Samuels, Selina. "Janette Turner Hospital," in Australian Writers, 1975-2000. (Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 325.) Detroit: Gale, 2006. 153-163.
*Online access to asterisked items is freely available "on campus," but "off campus" access is limited to OU faculty, staff, and students.
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