Published February 2016
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Sharon Jane Mee
Mee’s erudite analysis of The Horseman, an Australian film that bestrides the much neglected genres of splatter and exploitation cinema, describes what films of its kind can tell us about the operations of Jean-François Lyotard’s libidinal economy.
Philippa Specker’s analysis of a range of contemporary issues related to the hyper-imprisonment of Indigenous Australians thoughtfully surveys the nineteenth-century rationales for imprisonment and their ill-fitting application in today’s political world. Specker argues that Australia’s extraordinarily high rate of Indigenous imprisonment effectively sustains the Commonwealth government’s claim to sovereignty, sidelining others’s interests.
Myxomatosis Dreams [pdf]
This engrossing narrative returns the reader to the delicate milieu of the childhood home—only to imbue this innocent venue with the trauma of death. Some time after the protagonist’s brother dies, he is reincarnated as a rabbit named “Mixi”—a creature of malice and a symbol familial division.
D. Bruno Starrs
Weelow is a disquieting narrative about the sexual assault of a young Indigenous woman, Dorothea, and its devastating impact on her life and on that of her friend, Eugene, a navigator of the “White Man’s bureaucracy.”
The fragmented verses of Nathalie Camerlynck’s short, minimalistic poetry seem to articulate the paranoid thoughts of a dark, freighted mind.
N. Cyril Fischer
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