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

Informit: ‘The reader’: Ethics at the movies

One of the virtues that film shares with literature is that it offers us a means of rehearsing scenarios that go to the heart of our sense of right and wrong. Or to put that another way, if, as Fredric Jameson asserted, our contemporary mode of cultural and literary criticism remains ethical - in spite of heroic attempts to wean us from it - our tendency will be to respond to films and books in…

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: The road to where?

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

Informit: The visual and meaning in film

Watching 'A Single Man' and 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'March was an instructive month in film. Interested filmgoers, having seen many of the films in Oscar contention, learned that realism has ousted fantasy: 'The Hurt Locker' won roundly (Best Film and Director, making Kathryn Bigelow the first women director to grasp the golden statuette) while the otherwise hotly-tipped Avatar had to content itself with Best Art Direction and Cinematography. And Colin Firth did not…

Informit: Observations on a remarkable occurrence, as well public as private

The Australian social imaginary, the way that 'people imagine their social existence ... and the deeper normative notions and images that underlie ... [their] expectations', to use Charles Taylor's definition, might well be in the process of some adjustment. By the time these words are in print, Mary McKillop, born in Fitzroy, Victoria, will have joined the company of those whose virtue has been proved by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. She will…

Informit: The speaking subject

Review(s) of: Another year, by dir. Mike Leigh, 2010; The king's speech, by dir. Tom Hooper, 2010.

Informit: Making people

Review(s) of: Frankenstein, by dir. Danny Boyle, British National Theatre production, 2011; Never let me go, by dir. Mark Romanek, 2011.

Informit: The Harry Potter finale

Crossover fiction: childlike wonder or infantalised culture?phenomenon: a thing that appears ... the cause of which is in question.Oxford English DictionaryThe Harry Potter phenomenon has reached its climax: the last film, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2', is undoubtedly playing in a cinema near you, probably on a couple of screens, in 2D and 3D, and in many sessions per day. In London, where the film had its premiere in July, fans slept…

Informit: Worlds elsewhere: ‘Coriolanus’ and ‘The Iron Lady’

'Coriolanus' (dir. Ralph Fiennes, 2011) and 'The Iron Lady' (dir. Phyllida Lloyd, 2011).'There is a world elsewhere', says the patrician Coriolanus when the plebeians' Tribunes banish him from Rome. Coriolanus, the central character in what is arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy is, whatever else, a man who must fight and fight again, literally, to be at peace with himself; his internal conflicts are among those that make Shakespeare a writer for today as much as yesterday.…

Informit: Confronting postmaternal thinking [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Confronting postmaternal thinking: Feminism, memory and care, by Julie Stephens, (Columbia UP, New York, 2011).

Informit: Sympathetic ink: Dreyfus and beyond [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Proust and the nations: From Dreyfus to the Middle East, by Jacqueline Rose, (Chicago University Press, 2011).