Gail Jones

Word, Image, Ethics

Tanya Dalziell

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Format: paperback
196 pages
ISBN: 9781743326978
Publication: 01 Jul 2020
Series: Sydney Studies in Australian Literature
Publisher: Sydney University Press

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Shortlisted for the Walter McRae Russel Award 2021

Gail Jones: Word, Image, Ethics is an accessible guide to the writings of Gail Jones, the award-winning Australian author, essayist and academic.

Drawing together ideas from literature, art, philosophy and photography, the volume presents a compelling analysis of Jones’ literary commitment to the political and the personal, and reflects on how and why we interpret literary texts.

An essential contribution to the intersecting fields of Australian studies and international literature, Gail Jones: Word, Image, Ethics offers innovative insights into the writing of one of Australia’s most accomplished authors.

Tanya Dalziell is an Associate Professor of English and Literary Studies at the University of Western Australia. With Paul Genoni, she is the author of Half the Perfect World: Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964, which won the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction.


  1. Weather
  2. Time
  3. Reading and writing
  4. Image
  5. Modernity

Works cited

"Tanya Dalziell has produced an accessible set of readings of Gail Jones’s work that remind me of important themes, demonstrate how the writing works to express them, and reveal details I had forgotten or not noticed at all ... I can enthusiastically commend the book to readers, whether they be students, scholars, or the legendary ‘general reader’ most of us hope to draw in."
Paul Sharrad   Australian Literary Studies

'In this work of exemplary and extensive scholarship, Tanya Dalziell enters into a kind of conversation ... this book is a pleasure to read and an important addition to the critical work on Jones’s writing'
Delys Bird   Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature

'Dalziell’s analysis is finely tuned to Jones’s refusal to settle for easy answers either in narrative form or in representing her characters’ inner lives ... Dalziell's insights made me want to return to the less-familiar texts and reread them with her key concepts in mind.'
Sue Kossew   Australian Book Review

Format: paperback
Size: 254 × 178 mm
196 pages
Copyright: © 2020
ISBN: 9781743326978
Publication: 01 Jul 2020
Series: Sydney Studies in Australian Literature