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Inga Clendinnen Fellow Sufferers: History and the Imagination
prizewinning historian Inga Clendinnen considers why philosopher Richard Rorty has omitted History from his catalogue of imaginative genres which sharpen and develop our moral capacities.
Ken Inglis reviews Tom Griffiths’s, Hunters and Collectors: The Antiquarian Imagination in Australia, an outstanding book which has so far won both the 1996 Victorian Premier’s Award for Non-fiction and the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-fiction.
- Jon Stratton “Man-made Women” considers the cultural fetish for manufactured versions of women in the 20th century.
- Humphrey McQueen “Professions of Power” looks at the subservience of academics to the power of state and business.
- Ruth Barcan “The Body of the (Humanities) Academic” considers the academic body as a site of contesting discourses of professional practice.
- Carmel Bird “Fresh Blood, Old Wounds” reflections on the meanings we might find from the Port Arthur massacre.
- Graeme Smith “Annie Proulx’s Musicology” a sociologist looks at the musicology of the diatonic button accordion in Accordion Crimes
Special Feature on David Malouf
David Malouf is Australia’s most distinguished novelist and the winner of the inaugural IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel Remembering Babylon. He has just published a new novel, The Conversations at Curlow Creek, to great acclaim.