This essay explores the use of haunting in two Australian adolescent mystery novels, Victor Kelleher's Baily's Bones (1988) and Anthony Eaton's A New Kind of Dreaming (2001). Both novels mobilise the mystery genre as a means to interrogate Australia's colonial past and neocolonial present. The function of the spatial environments in which the novels take place and the construction and function of haunting in each novel is interrogated. It is argued that haunting is figured as a disruptive process whereby the repressed colonial scene intrudes on the present, such that the haunting the teenage protagonists experience encourages them to enquire into the past. While on the one hand the novels advocate a renewed interrogation of Australia's past in order to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the present, a closer reading of the texts reveals that the novels fail to sustain their postcolonial endeavours. Thus, while adolescent mystery fiction is a genre that can be mobilised in the name of postcolonial enquiry, the difficulty of doing so effectively is illustrative of the wider challenge of achieving decolonisation.
About this Journal
International Research in Children’s Literature is essential reading for literary scholars in the field of children’s literature, especially those interested in applications of cultural and literary theories, comparative literatures, and the production and reception of children’s literature as a world literature. The study of children’s literature is an integral part of literary, cultural and media studies, and this scholarly journal, widely international in scope, addresses the diverse intellectual currents of this constantly expanding subject area.
The journal welcomes submissions from scholars in the field, both IRSCL members and others. Acceptance of papers is subject to rigorous international peer review and revision. The journal publishes four issues in a biennium: a general issue, a special themed issue, and two issues largely based on the most recent IRSCL Congress theme. IRCL is indexed by Thomson Reuters Arts and Humanities Citation Index and Current Contents/Arts & Humanities, by MLA and by the British Humanities Index.
Edinburgh University Press publishes International Research in Children’s Literature on behalf of the International Research Society for Children's Literature.
Editors and Editorial Board
Roxanne Harde, University of Alberta, Canada
Josh Simpson, University of Strathclyde, UK
Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, University of Wroclaw, Poland
Assistant Reviews Editor
Hazel Sheeky Bird, Newcastle University, UK
Aline Frederico, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Karen Chandler, University of Louisville, USA
Nina Christensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Valerie Coghlan, independent scholar, Ireland
Macarena García González, Universidad Católica, Chile
Haifeng Hui, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Dianne Johnson, University of South Carolina, USA
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, University of Tübingen, Germany
Lydia Kokkola, University of Oulu, Finland
Michelle Martin, University of Washington, USA
J. Elizabeth Mills, University of Washington, USA
Marek Oziewicz, University of Minnesota, USA
Sara Pankenier Weld, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Mavis Reimer, University of Winnipeg, Canada
John Stephens, Macquarie University, Australia
Lies Wesseling, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Andrea Mei-Ying Wu, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
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The IRSCL is the longest established and leading international association of scholars promoting research into and the academic study of literature for children and young people.
Founded in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1970, its official language is English but the literature studied may be in any language. IRSCL’s broad aims are: to promote academic research and scholarship into children's and youth literature, reading and related fields, present and past; to facilitate co-operation between researchers in different countries and in different branches of learning; and to enable researchers in different countries to exchange information, share discussion of professional and theoretical issues, and initiate and co-ordinate research.
The focal event in the IRSCL programme is the Biennial International Congress, held in university cities and campuses around the world. The most recent conference, in 2007,took place at Kyoto in Japan; and articles based on the congress theme, ‘Power and Children’s Literature: Past, Present and Future’, will be published in the inaugural issues of the society’s new journal: International Research in Children’s Literature. IRSCL also encourages research and publication through a number of awards, some for early career researchers, some for distinguished and prominent scholars.
An update on the journal, together with the story so far from the editorial team, can be found here.
The IRSCL has members from the following countries:
Republic of Korea
United Arab Emirates
Please visit www.irscl.com for further information and to join the International Research Society for Children's Literature.
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