- Marcus Clarke and the Society of the Spectacle: Reflections on Writing and Commodity Captialism in Nineteenth-Century Melbourne
Marcus Clarke was fascinated not only with the public spaces of the nineteenth-century city, colonial Melbourne in particular, but with the increasingly commodified, spectacularised forms of cultural production that inhabited these spaces. In both his fiction and journalism the crowds…1 May 1996
- Christos Tsiolkas and the Pornographic Logic of Commodity Capitalism
Putting Tsiolkas’s works into a wider context of international writing, the essay is concerned with ‘the fictional tradition that either deploys the pornographic, or evokes what might be called a pornographic sensibilty, in order to articulate forms of political and…1 May 2010
- Subdivisions of Suburbia: The Politics of Place in Melissa Lucashenko’s ‘Steam Pigs’ and Amanda Lohrey’s ‘Camille’s Bread’
The Australian intelligentsia's critical or ambivalent response to the suburbs and suburbia has been well-documented, though the gender-blindness of urban theorising often goes unremarked (Harman 108). The suburbs represent a particular set of problems for their female inhabitants, a specifically…1 November 1998
- Reading The Electrical Experience in Cold Light: Labour Politics and Narrative Form in Frank Moorhouse, Then and Now.
This essay seeks to boost Frank Moorhouse’s credentials as a commentator on class consciousness and labour politics, focusing on the oblique representation of labor tension in The Electrical Experience (1974) and addressing thematic and intertextual connections with Cold Light (2011)…10 August 2016