Vol 16, No 2 (2010)

Critical Proximity

Proximity is a political force within cultural studies. It works by means of a commitment to sharing the world of those made distant, deploying methods such as ethnography, close textual readings, and careful questioning of the spatial politics of existence in order to render the distant immediate. The articles in this issue of Cultural Studies Review do this through varied topics and means. They show critical proximity as not just the application and creation of critique but the acknowledgement that a radically new arrangement of the ordering principles of distance and closeness has come to pass. Critical proximity is as much a description of our relations with the world as it is a cultural studies practice coming into being.

Table of Contents

Editorial PDF
John Frow, Katrina Schlunke 1–3


Critical Proximity PDF
Jane Simon 4–23
Publishing and Australian Literature: Crisis, Decline or Transformation? PDF
Katherine Bode 24–48
The Invention of Creativity: The Emergence of a Discourse PDF
Camilla Nelson 49–74
Churned and Spurned in the Flexible World of Work: A Corporate Narrative PDF
Jane Messer 75–101
Anthropology: A Science of the Non-event? PDF
Hamish Morgan 102–21
Tendrils of Memory: A Journey through Vietnam’s Landscape PDF
Les Horvat 122–39
Transactions in Desire: Media Imaginings of Narcotics and Terrorism in Indonesia PDF
Jeff Lewis, Belinda Lewis 140–58
The Somerton Man: An Unsolved History PDF
Ruth Balint 159–78
Sacrificing Steve: How I Killed the Crocodile Hunter PDF
Luke Carman 179–93
Dreaming of Others: Carpentaria and its Critics PDF
Alison Ravenscroft 194–224
Fragments Shored against Ruins: Denis Byrne’s Surface Collection PDF
Paul Gillen 225–47
Women, New Music and the Composition of Becomings PDF
Sally Macarthur 248–70
Pain of Extinction: The Death of a Vulture PDF
Thom van Dooren 271–89


‘A Kind of Critique that Works by Allegorising’: An Interview with Patrick Wright PDF
Noel King 290–313

New Writing

Walking to Work: Community and Contact PDF
Jan Idle 314–39
Fig: ure it Out: A Creative Psychoanalysis PDF
Neil Murphy 340–43
Ruminations on Time (2005–2009) PDF
Lucy Tatman 344–55


Diasporic Hybridity on Australian Screens: Catherine Simpson, Renata Murawska and Anthony Lambert (eds), Diasporas of Australian Cinema PDF
Olivia Khoo 356–61
The Return of Richard Hoggart: Richard Hoggart, The Uses of Literacy and Sue Owen (ed.), Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies PDF
Ben Clarke 362–70