Meanjin (pronounced Mee-an-jin) is derived from an Aboriginal word for the finger of land) was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen and moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne.
During Christesen's 34-year editorial reign, the journal attracted contributions and debate from the leading figures in Australian letters, as well as providing an Australian audience for leading international writers including Arthur Miller, Ana´s Nin, Ezra Pound, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and Dylan Thomas.
In 1998, Christesen received the A. A. Phillips award from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature for a lifetime's outstanding achievement in Australian literary scholarship.
Known primarily as a literary magazine, Christesen ensured that Meanjin reflected the breadth of contemporary thinking, be it on literature, other art forms, or the broader issues of the times.
This breadth has characterised Meanjin for more than 60 years, continuing under its six subsequent editors - Jim Davidson, Judith Brett, Jenny Lee, Christina Thompson, Stephanie Holt and Ian Britain . Meanjin has published some of the earliest serious discussion of subjects that have since attracted sustained attention, including migraton, television, suburbia, popular music, the Anzac tradition, Australia's 'cultural cringe', museums, drugs, food and travel.
While the main focus is on Australia , Meanjin also gives wide coverage to issues of global concern. Recent issues have explored our cultural and political connections with Asia and Britain , the historical and contemporary manifestations of psychology worldwide, the lives and works of various Australian and international artists and intellectuals.
Meanjin is published quarterly by the Meanjin Company Ltd in association with the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne . The University has provided sponsorship of the magazine, in financial and non-financial ways, for more than half a century. We are also indebted to Melbourne University Publishing and Pan Macmillan for generous assistance with distribution.
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