Anyone who has studied Australian literature knows the pioneer work of Joseph Jones. He died in January at age ninety, and left behind him a rich legacy. He was an early member of the American Association of Australian Literary Studies and an enthusiastic supporter of Antipodes in its fledgling days. In the Spring 1988 issue of Antipodes, Professor Jones wrote an article about his own introduction to the literature produced by what he called "World-English," and about the work of some of his colleagues. He came to the University of Texas at Austin in 1935 as a professor of American literature, but in 1953 his career changed, "for the better" he said, when he received a Fulbright to New Zealand, then traveled to Australia. There were many more trips through the years, and Professor Jones from the 1950s on engaged in scholarship, teaching, compiling, collecting, and editing — all work that helped to make the so-called new literatures, especially Australian, better known. In an article published in a 1969 issue of Meanjin, he noted that "The literary sun no longer rises just east of London and sets just west of New York.” He was one of the first members of the academy to acknowledge this fact.
""For Memory is the wind's voice in the crevice …": Remembering Joseph Jones, a pioneer Australianist,"
Antipodes: Vol. 13:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/antipodes/vol13/iss1/7