Bony at home and abroad: The Arthur Upfield phenomenon

Hetherington, Carol (2009) Bony at home and abroad: The Arthur Upfield phenomenon. JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, x-x.

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Author Hetherington, Carol
Title Bony at home and abroad: The Arthur Upfield phenomenon
Journal name JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
ISSN 1447-8986
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Start page x
End page x
Editor Tony Simoes da Silva
Wenche Ommundsen
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
2005 Literary Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture
Abstract Upfield published thirty-four novels, twenty-nine of them in a crime fiction series featuring the part-Aboriginal detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. His books were widely read in Australia but his financial success came principally through the publication of his work in the United States and Europe, establishing a world-wide reputation through translations into at least fifteen languages. Upfield's following overseas, particularly in America, continued to grow after his death, reaching almost cult proportions and spawning websites, newsletters and new publications as recently as this year (2008). Upfield's mysteries have commonly been categorised as 'cultural tourism', depending for their appeal on an exotic setting and sensational events. This paper contests such a view and examines Upfield's publication, reception and reputation overseas - compared to his comparative neglect in Australia - including issues of cultural translation, the nature of his readership, his relationship with his American editor and publisher, his German translator and the legacy preserved by his fans.
Keyword Arthur Upfield
Popular fiction
Crime fiction
American publishers
Oversas reception
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Australian Literature in a Global World.

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