Issue 11 September 1998

Editor: Elizabeth McMahon
© all rights reserved

Target Article

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it: truth in fiction, lies in fact was presented by Marion Halligan as the keynote address at the 1998 Tasmanian Readers’ and Writers’ Festival. In an elegant essay Halligan discusses readerly expectations, writerly devices and the interplay across fact, fiction and other textual spaces.


Breaking Taboos is an exploration of writing, taboo and white silence which was delivered by Alexis Wright at the 1998 Tasmanian Readers’ and Writers’ Festival.

An extract from Libby Robin’s latest book: Defending the Little Desert in which Robin explores the ecology of the campaign to defend the Victorian Little Desert against agricultural development and its profound impact on the processes of environmental decision-making.

In Dot-spangled banner Philip Batty looks at the appropriation of Aboriginal tropes in representations of Australian identity.


In a controversial review of Andrew Riemer’s Sandstone Gothic: Confessions of an Accidental Academic Stephen Knight assesses Riemer’s account of the decline of literary studies at the University of Sydney …

and in Live Burial Melissa Hardie reads Riemer’s memoir as a parody of the gothic while also countering his suggestion that much contemporary scholarship can be summed up as ‘unintelligible writings’.

In emuse

If you would like to contribute to this discussion, please email [email protected]