- Cosmopolitanism, Sovereignty and Medievalism
This essay attempts to bring into conversation two unlikely bodies of writing. One of these bodies of writing dates from the Middle Ages and might loosely described as medieval travel writing. This literature has been the subject of much recent…1 November 2011
- Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Limits of Cosmopolitanism, by Katherine Hallemeier.
In the old sense of 'cosmopolitan' as describing a global citizen, Nobel LaureateJ.M. Coetzee certainly could be seen to fit the bill. Born in South Africa of mixed English and Afrikaans heritage, having worked and studied in London and Texas…1 June 2014
- 'Taking the flowery bed back to Australia': The Repatriation of Charmian Clift and George Johnston
Since coming to national attention in the immediate post-World War II years Charmian Clift and George Johnston have remained an enigmatic and almost ‘mythical’ Australian literary couple. At the heart of their shared biographies is the near-decade they spent on…1 June 2016
- Constructing Cosmopolitanism, Promoting Humanitarianism: The Marvellous Melbourne of E.W. Cole in Lisa Lang’s Utopian Man (2010)
Lisa Lang’s award-winning Australian novel Utopian Man (2010) reimagines E.W. Cole and his famous Book Arcade in Melbourne in the last decades of the nineteenth century. Running in its central Melbourne location from 1883-1929, in popular discourses Cole’s Book Arcade…19 September 2017