Articles by: Valerie Krips

Author Biography:

Valerie Krips taught at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University before moving to the English Department of the University of Pittsburgh, where she was chair of the interdisciplinary Children’s Literature program. She also taught in the department’s graduate program, Critical and Cultural Studies, and has been a consultant for a variety of heritage projects. She was a co-editor of Arena Magazine and is Associate Editor (poetry) for Arena (third series).

Informit: The road to where?

Review(s) of: The road, by John Hillcoat (dir.), 2009.

Informit: Everlasting children

A. S. Byatt's 'The Children's Book' and J. K. Rowling.'Children in these families, at the end of the nineteenth century, were different from children before or after.' So writes A. S. Byatt in 'The Children's Book', her long 2009 novel spanning the years that saw the 19th century turn, and the Great War begin and end. The children she writes about come from a particular section of the British upper middle class, the Fabians and…

Informit: Back to the future

Objects, memory and two iconic British institutions. Anyone who has been watching W1A, currently airing on BBC First in Australia, will have some idea of the role the BBC plays in British life: it's a treasure, but sometimes it's possible to think that it is run by a bunch of lunatics. Who, for example, do they think they're kidding when they try to appeal to the young? Which of these young, presuming that they have…

Informit: Secrets and lies [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Anchor point, by Alice Robinson, Affirm Press, 2015.

Informit: Australia: the epic that wasn’t: [The author finds Baz Luhrmann’s latest film unbelievable.]

Informit: Myth and memory

We are now a year into commemorations of the war that was supposed to end all wars, and soon 25 April - the centenary of the doomed landings in Gallipoli - will be upon us. For Australians Gallipoli is thought to symbolise many things: courage, endurance, sacrifice, mateship and so on. It has also been thought of in much less positive terms, as an unwarranted celebration of warfare and as a means of thinking about…

Informit: Modern fairytales: [Two recent films – The Band’s Visit and Happy Go Lucky – as contemporary fairytales.]

Informit: Remembering childhood

It is nearly forty years since Neil Postman wrote The Disappearance of Childhood. He argued that the idea of the child that we had taken for granted in the West since the late years of the nineteenth century was fading, rapidly. That idea, long in the making, was one in which children had become the emotional heart of the family; they were 'priceless', as Viviana Zelizer has it. By the midtwentieth century the concept was…

Informit: The disappearance of childhood

Informit: From effect to affect

Review(s) of: Calvary, directed by John Michael McDonagh (2014).

Informit: Memory and atonement: [Dunkirk in memory and on film.]

Informit: Present pasts

Review(s) of: Le week-end, directed by Robert Michell (2014); The past, directed by Asghar Farhadi (2014).