Published December 2005
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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