Issue 13, April 1999

Editor: Elizabeth McMahon
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Target Article

John Frow’s In the Penal Colony is an examination of the relationship between the nation state and cultural memory, focussing on Port Arthur and the ongoing constructions and erasures of its pasts.


In Post-Apartheid Violence and the Institution of Literature Brendon Nicholls offers a critique of literature studies in a liberated South Africa.

In Suburban Oblique Melissa Hardie follows “incongruous trajectories” and “tangents” in two photographic journeys around the suburbs: from Roissy to Paris with François Maspero and Anaïk Frantz: and from Sydney to Wollongong with Tracey Moffatt.

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

Don Anderson (Australia),

John Frow (Australia),

Paul Salzman (Australia)

and Rob van Kranenburg (Belgium)

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