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Letter from the Editor:

Welcome to Transnational Literature, a freely accessible, fully refereed international e-journal published twice a year by the Humanities Research Centre, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. In the first issue, we offer an eclectic collection of material. We have articles on William Burroughs and Salman Rushdie, and an international symposium on a fundamental question of concern to us all, ‘Does Literature Exist?’. This symposium grew from an essay by Robert Lumsden, and includes contributions from six literary scholars from Australia, America and Asia. I hope that readers might be inspired to continue the conversation in future issues.

Also included are poems from an Australian living in the Middle East as well as two established Adelaide poets, and an autobiographical essay from an American of German origin. To round out the picture, we include seven book reviews on a variety of publications, including fiction, poetry and literary criticism from Australia, Africa and Thailand.

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