Issue 12, December 1998

Editor: Elizabeth McMahon

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Target Article

In Evolution of a Novel: Mr Darwin’s Shooter Roger McDonald writes about his latest novel, drawing parallels between Darwin’s travels, evolution and and the processes of writing fiction, specifically a historical novel.


In Dangerous Dancing: Autobiography and Disinheritance Brian Castro begins by asking himself why, at this juncture, he is drawn to the fabrication of autobiography over that of the novel. He asks and rehearses questions about writing and risk relative to family, memory and subjectivity in view, or in shadow, of contemporary Australian literature and politics.

Ian McLean’s Postcolonial: return to sender examines representations of Aboriginality in both the art and culture of Australia, arguing that contemporary postcolonial discourses in fact enact a ‘return of the colonial’.


Anita Heiss on Sister Girl, the writings of Aboriginal activist and historian Jackie Huggins.

Elizabeth Wilson reviews Freud 2000, edited by Anthony Elliot. In Post-dated Wilson argues that Freud would, perhaps, have been “better equipped to make the centennial transition than some of his most ardent champions are in 1999”.

Martin Ball reviews Sacred places: war memorials in the Australian landscape by Ken Inglis.

In emuse

Breaking Taboos

Marcia Langton responds to Alexis Wright’s essay, Breaking Taboos

Reviews of Andrew Riemer’s Sandstone Gothic

Lisbet de Castro Lopo and Jillian Dellit respond to Riemer’s memoirs, which has been reviewed for AHR by both Stephen Knight and Melissa Hardie.

Aboriginal Sovereignty

Therese-M. Caiter responds to Philip Batty’s Saluting the dot-spangled banner: Aboriginal Culture, National Identity and the Australian Republic

Simon During’s essay Teaching Culture has had responses from

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