Published December 2005

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Making it All Up:The Sex-Event as Pornobiography [pdf]

Roozbeh Araghi

Examines Madonna’s ‘Sex event’ as an intertextual exploration of the sex life that may (not) be Madonna’s: a series of texts in which subjectivity interrupts pornography, and via which authors might (re)read their own lives.

“Somehow it’s About All of Us”: Black Medea’s White Taboo [pdf]

Benjamin Miller and Hallie Donkin

Wesley Enoch’s adaptation of the Euripides tragedy was performed at Belvoir St earlier this year. The author’s comment on the production and also examine the way other reviewers responded to the play.


A Semiotics of Einsturzende Neubauten’s “X” [pdf]

Maarten Bullynck and Iannis Goerlandt

This paper analyzes the semiotic energy and multiple significations of the letter x through a recent song by the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, conveniently titled “X.”

The XXX Test [pdf]

Glen Fuller

An exploration of the mythology of the American muscle car, using Rob Cohen’s film xXx to compare the “old” and “new” versions of the Pontiac GTO within what is termed the “automotive cultural economy.”

Deterrorialisations of Desire: Transgressive Sexuality as Filipino Anti-Imperialist Resistance in Jessice Hagedorn’s Dogeaters [pdf]

Rahul K. Gairola

This piece posits an original conceptualisation of the counter-bildungsroman as a decolonising novel, capable of enabling rhizomatic configurations of sexuality. Subsequently, this model is applied to Hagedorn’s novel, with dynamic results.

Marking Gender: Women and Tattoos [pdf]

Heather Neville

Although tattooing and extreme body modification communities are often associated with subversive practice, an examination of the magazines targeted at these communities reveals a more complicated picture. This essay explores the hegemonic gender identities represented in these publications.

Caught ‘n ‘e Frame?: Queer Embodiment Under Heteropatriarchy [pdf]

Damien Riggs

Gender illusionist and Australian Idol contestent Courtney Act presented a sustained challenge to normative, heteropatriarchal ideas about embodiment. This paper uses the example of Ms Act to imagine new possibilities for a queer politics of identification.


Asuka and the Floating City [pdf]

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton is a Melbourne writer and composer. She recently completed her PhD on the pseudonymous poetry of Gwen Harwood at The University of Melbourne. She has had short stories and prose poems published in Australian and International journals and she has just returned from Japan after receiving the Felix Meyer scholarship for creative writing. In Japan she studied elements of the floating world and stayed in the red light district of Kabukicho to experience, among other things, roricon or the Gothic Lolita cult.

Megan [pdf]

Sally Breen

Sally Breen has recently submitted her PhD with Griffith University Gold Coast and is currently awaiting results. Her postgraduate work includes the novel Ante Up and a dissertation Future Frontier on emergent urban cultures. Her writing has appeared in the recent anthology Best Stories Under the Sun and The Australasian Collection of Short Stories. Sally has also regularly appear at various national literary festivals as a guest performer.

Shall These Bones Live? [pdf]

Lainie Jones

Lainie Jones completed a BA in 2003, majoring in Writing with Cultural Studies. She is currently writing her Honours thesis at Southern Cross University. Prior to this study, Lainie worked as a commercial artist and then a teacher of adult education in TAFE.

As We Were Saying [pdf]

Rowan Wilken

Rowan Wilken is a writer and researcher, and PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne. He has written for MESH, RealTime, UTS Review and Meanjin, and is a co-author of Australian Modern: The Architecture of Stephenson & Turner.


Kiss Kiss Kiss [pdf]

Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown is a postgraduate student at the University of Sydney. He lives in Macquarie Fields in the city’s southwest and teaches Biblical Studies part time at William Carey Christian School. Lachlan enjoys reading Australian poetry and is currently completing a thesis on the poetry and prose of Kevin Hart.

The Algebra of Reality and A Tidewater Tale [pdf]

Caleb Puckett

Caleb Puckett is writer and visual arist currently living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has recently published a number of short stories in MindFire and has cover art forthcoming in the James Joyce Quarterly.

Waitemata Harbour [pdf]

Neil Ramsey

Neil Ramsey earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Waikato in New Zealand and is currently undertaking a PhD in English literature at the Australian National University. This poem was inspired by his recollections of chilly winters in New Zealand, and the pleasures and pitfalls of having someone warm to be with. His poetry has previously been published online in the English Studies Forum.

Word and Image

Two Macao Philosophers [powerpoint file, .pps]

Kit Kelen