Issue 39 – 40, September 2006

Editor: Elizabeth McMahon

Guest editors: Nicole Moore and Michelle Arrow

This special double-issue of Australian Humanities Review comprises three extensive components: New Urgencies; Reviews: There are five new reviews in this section; Ecopoetics and the Ecological Humanities in Australia.

New Urgencies

New Urgencies, edited by Nicole Moore and Michelle Arrow, presents four new essays that identify and engage with pressing questions in Australian culture and history. The essays originated in a one-day symposium on “New Urgencies in Australian Studies” in 2005, with contributions from Carole Ferrier, Victoria Haskins,Catherine Simpson and Michele Grossman.


Anne Galligan writes “Popular Fiction / Literary Fiction / Popular Fusions: a review of Ken Gelder’s  Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of the Literary Field

David Carter’s  Dispossession, Dreams and Diversity: Issues in Australian Studies is reviewed by Georgine Clarsen

In “Negotiating the Creative and the Critical” Peta Mitchell reviews Paul Dawson’s Creative Writing and the New Humanities

Benjamin Miller reviews Maria Nugent’s Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet

God’s Willing Workers: Women and Religion in Australia by Anne O’Brien is reviewed by Jane Carey.

The Eco Humanities

This edition of Eco humanities, edited by Deborah Rose is titled Ecopoetics and the Ecological Humanities in Australia.

MTC Cronin
Whatever Becomes Itself

Kate Rigby
Writing After Nature

Peter Boyle
Travelling in a caravan

Stephen Muecke
What the cassowary does not need to know

Nick Drayson
What Bird Was That?

George Main
Pinchgut Creek

Stephen Edgar

Eric Rolls
A Chant of Lost Water

Miriel Lenore
mound spring

Mark Tredinnick
On Nature Writing

Mark Tredinnick
From the Heart: a review of Heartland: The Regeneration of Rural Place by George Main

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