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No issue is more critical in Australia than the Mabo decision on native title with its implications for how we view our past and our future. The target article, by distinguished historian Henry Reynolds, addresses the shortcomings of the Mabo decision in an extremely controversial piece, supplemented by two extracts from an important recent book, In the Age of Mabo. Also touching on these matters and very much more, is an extract from the remarkable new book by Paul Carter,The Lie of the Land.
In other pieces, novelist Brian Castro provocatively challenges our smug contention that Australia is part of Asia, while Peter Jackson explodes the notion that gay culture in Thailand is a western import. Equally provocatively, Ian Hunter looks at some of the anxieties which adhere to the teaching of English and Gregory Currie argues that fiction does have a moral pedagogical purpose.
Henry Reynolds After Mabo, What About Sovereignty
with additional commentary from:
- Bain Attwood The Past as Future
- Rosemary Hunter Aboriginal Histories, Australian Histories and the Law
- Tim Murray and Jim Allen The Forced Repatriation of Archaeological Materials
- Peter Jackson A Persistence of Gender: From Ancient Indian Pandakas to Modern Thai Gay-quings
- Ian Hunter Is English An Emancipatory Discipline?
Reviews and snippets:
- Murray Bramwell Claustrophobia, a review of The Maly Theatre of St Petersburg.
- Brian Castro Writing Asia
- Paul Carter Friday’s Other Foot
- Barry Hill New Travels through the Landscape, a review ofLie of the Land.
- Kiera Lindsey Creative Cartographies: Notes on an interview with Paul Carter
- Gregory Currie The Moral Psychology of Fiction
The Demidenko Scandal
Helen Demidenko’s novel, The Hand That Signed the Paper, won the Vogel Award for a first novel in 1994, which was followed in 1995 by the most prestigious literary prize in Australia, the Miles Franklin Award, as well as the Gold Medal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. The novel relates events of the holocaust in Ukraine which Helen Demidenko falsely claimed to have drawn from the experience of her alleged Ukrainian family and it has unleashed a storm of controversy. Some of the many voices in this tumult are reproduced here.