- 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…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…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…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…10 August 2016