Issue 18, June 2000

Editor: Elizabeth McMahon

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In Travelling in Deep Time Tom Griffiths considers how ‘deep time’ interacts with ‘dreamtime’; and why geologic and philosophical timescales affect both political and personal histories as Australia reestablishes its place amidst the vast array of global temporalities.


John Docker ponders on the complexities and contradictions of belonging for the modern and postmodern subject.

In The Critic and the Public Culture: for example, Walter Benjamin Ivor Indyk examines the public nature of Walter Benjamin’s criticism, and his sense of tradition, in order to question the restrictions now placed on the literary critic in Australia, and the scant attention given to the complex nature of tradition in “a country with many histories”.


Guy Davidson reviews James Donald’s highly acclaimed study of the modern city.

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