Vol 14, No 1 (2008)

History Experiments

This issue, guest edited with Tara Forrest, focuses on thinking and writing about the past. Challenging what ‘history’ might be and how it could appear is an ongoing interest of this journal and an ongoing (sometimes contentious) point of connection between cultural studies and history. The articles in 'History Experiments' chart shifts in how we research and write the past. History has provided its own challenges to its own practices in a very robust way, while cultural studies has challenged what the past is and how it might be rendered from a wide ranging set of ideas and modes of representation that have less to do with specific disciplinary arguments than responses to particular modes (textual, filmic, sonic), particular sites (nations, Indigenous temporalities, sexuality, literature, gender) and perhaps a greater willingness to accentuate the political in the historical.

Table of Contents

Editorial PDF
John Frow, Katrina Schlunke 7–8


Introduction: A Fragmented Stew of ‘Themes’ and ‘Issues’ PDF
Tara Forrest 11–18
But Is It History? PDF
Klaus Neumann 19–32
A Touching and Contagious Captain Cook: Thinking History through Things PDF
Stephen Muecke 33–42
Captain Cook Chased a Chook PDF
Katrina Schlunke 43–54
Historical Fiction and the Allegorical Truth of Colonial Violence in The Proposition PDF
Felicity Collins 55–71
The Pitfalls of Picturing Atlantic Slavery: Steven Spielberg’s Amistad vs Guy Deslauriers’s The Middle Passage PDF
Lars Eckstein 72–84
Experience – Information – Image: A Historiography of Unfolding. Arab Cinema as Example PDF
Laura U. Marks 85–98
Letters From Beirut PDF
Laura U. Marks 99–110
The Presence of Palestinian Absence in Narrating the Zionist Nation into Being PDF
Annie Pfingst 111–23
The Challenge of Film Considered as Historical Research PDF
Olaf Berg 124–136
‘Good Building’: Bertolt Brecht’s Utopian Historical Optimism at the End of World War II PDF
Gerhard Fischer 137–46
‘There was Nothing to Say and Nobody Said It’: Silence, Disconnection and Interruptions of Gertrude Stein’s Writing Voice during World War II PDF
Ruth Walker 147–60
Resurrecting Absence: Iconic Ghosts in the Poetry of Susan Howe PDF
Jessica Wilkinson 161–78
Palpable History PDF
Ross Gibson 179–86
Participating in the Past: Recording Lives in Digital Environments PDF
Paul Longley Arthur 187–201


Affectively Addressing Cultural Studies PDF
Cristyn Davies 203–8
Cultures of Fame and Fandom PDF
Frances Bonner 209–14
Birth of the New Clinic PDF
Meredith Jones 215–19
The Power of Memory PDF
Felicity Colman 220–24
Cultural Studies in the Age of Disciplinary Democracy PDF
Charles McPhedran 225–31