Vol 17, No 1 (2011)

The Death Scene: Perspectives on Mortality

co-edited by Bruce Buchan, David Ellison and Margaret Gibson


This issue focuses on the interdisciplinary exploration and analysis of the scene of death, defined both in its privileged sense as the location of the end of life (with its associations of reflection, palliation, and confession) and in broader terms as a space of ethical contest (where ideas of the good death, or even the definition of death itself is open to debate). The varied articles explore how cultures frame the meaning and interpretation of human mortality in terms of representation, memorialisation, and the spacial and temporal location of moments of death.

Table of Contents

Editorial PDF
John Frow, Katrina Schlunke 1–2

The Death Scene

Reflections on the Death Scene PDF
Bruce Buchan, Margaret Gibson, David Ellison 3–14
Whose Business is Dying? Death, the Home and Palliative Care PDF
John Rosenberg 15–30
Residential Aged Care Facilities: Places for Living and Dying PDF
Deborah Parker 31–51
A Jurisprudence of Ambivalence: Three Legal Fictions Concerning Death and Dying PDF
Kristin Savell 52–80
Embryo Disposition and the New Death Scene PDF
David Ellison, Isabel Karpin 81–100
Death is Swallowed Up in Victory: Scenes of Death in Early Christian Art and the Emergence of Crucifixion Iconography PDF
Felicity Harley McGowan 101–24
Death and Digital Photography PDF
Helen Ennis 125–45
Death and Grief in the Landscape: Private Memorials in Public Space PDF
Margaret Gibson 146–61
Obituary PDF
Polly Gould 162–87
Dying for Security PDF
Bruce Buchan 188–210


Plastic Surgery for the Monadology: Leibniz via Heidegger PDF
Graham Harman 211–29
Echo-Coherence: Moving on from Dwelling PDF
Stuart Cooke 230–46
Cultural Studies and Matters of Faith: The Case of DhammaWheel.com PDF
Edwin Ng 247–69
Dragon-slayers and Jealous Rats: The Gendered Self in Contemporary Self-help Manuals PDF
Rebecca Hazleden 270–95
Two Left Feet: Dancing in Academe to the Rhythms of Neoliberal Discourse. PDF
Colleen McGloin, Jeanette Stirling 296–319
In Threads and Tatters: Costume, Identification and Female Subjectivity in Mulholland Dr. PDF
Lynda Chapple 320–38


Unhappy Families PDF
Sarah Cefai 339–48
The Dread of Sameness PDF
Rebecca Bishop 349–54
Aural Understanding PDF
Michelle Duffy 355–61
Festive Emplacements: Burning Man and Goa Trance PDF
Susan Luckman 362–71
Boys Boys Boys: Gender, Race and the English Music Question PDF
Timothy Laurie 372–81
Not Quite White PDF
Paul Oldham 382–8
Wiring the Wireless: Networking Early US Radio Broadcasting PDF
Vincent O'Donnell 389–93
Online Playgrounds and Transnational Gaming Cultures PDF
Jeffrey Wimmer 394–7
Still Waiting for the Barbarians PDF
Howard McNaughton 398–402
Out of Time: The Limits of Secular Critique PDF
Holly Randell-Moon 403–9
The Common Destiny of Un/common Cultures PDF
Vincenzo Romania 410–14
Making Students Think More Critically PDF
Nele Van Den Cruyce 415–19