Vol 11 No 1 (2005)

Desecration

What happens when sacred sites are destroyed? What are the effects of being dispossessed and of having one’s own existence denied? Desecration of the sacred, of land and of self are themes explored in a group of essay co-edited by Deborah Rose and Peter Read. These studies of PNG, Havana, Sarejevo and parts of Australia bring living beings and the dead into a realm in which violence that refuses life confronts life that refuses obliteration. These essays offer rich and resonating thought.

 

In other essays Marcus Breen ponders cultural criticism and life in the USA, Nicola Evans shows how sensational trials catapult private matters into the public sphere, and Ross Chambers writes a poetic supplement to Peter Cary’s My Life as a Fake. The Provocations section showcases Iain McCalman, making his case for state and popular support for the humanities and social sciences, and Isabelle Stengers on ‘ecology of practices’ as a tool for thinking. In New Writing Jane Messer reflects on the maternal heroine in memoir and fiction.

Table of Contents

Chris Healy, Stephen Muecke
7-8

Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Marcus Breen
11-26
Ross Chambers
27-51
Nicola Evans
52-70
Gary Wickham
71-86

Desecration (Peer Reviewed)

Deborah Rose, Peter Read
89-91
Maria Tumarkin
92-97
Diana Glazebrook
98-109
Peter Read
110-121
Deborah Rose
122-127

New Writing (Peer Reviewed)

Jane Messer
129-141
Jane Messer
142-150
Sarah Holland-Batt
151-153
Andrew Leggett
154-155
Luke Beesley
156-157
Martin Ball
158-173

Provocations (Peer Reviewed)

Iain McCalman
175-182
Isabelle Stengers
183-196

Reviews

Brett Farmer
199-202
Susan Luckman
203-207
Sara Wills
208-211
Paul Williams
212-216
Fiona Giles
217-221
Alan McKee
222-227
Ken Gelder
228-232