Natural environment - Literary portrayal
- The Telling of Marmel’s Story
The essay discusses Brimming Billabongs, ‘the first Aboriginal “autobiography”, albeit simulated, but also the first fictional narrative to rely upon an Aboriginal character as a focalising persona’ (55).1 June 2009
- The Eco-Humanities as Literature: A New Genre?
We have recently entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. There is now considerable evidence that humanity has altered the biophysical systems of Earth, not just the carbon cycle which has been the focus of much recent politics, but also…1 October 2008
- Review of 'Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals, Environment' by Graham Huggan and Helen Tiffin
Was it just a matter of time? Do all political criticisms eventually meet? These musings are prompted by Graham Huggan and Helen Tiffin's new book on postcolonial ecocriticism. One can only be glad that the two words in the title…1 May 2011
- Green or Greed? Review of The Littoral Zone, by Cranston and Zeller.
There are a number of reasons why this is an important collection of essays. First, it challenges the hegemonic status of the United States as the locus of contemporary 'nature writing'. Second, while continuing the interrogation of Aboriginal decimation and…1 June 2010
- Review of Hearts and Minds: Creative Australians and the Environment, by Michael Pollak and Margaret MacNabb.
A recent special feature in The Australian asked a range of people what the land meant to them. Keith Williams, notorious most recently for his battle to 'develop' a resort at Port Hinchinbrook, said that the land means 'freedom'. Echoing…1 May 2001
- Review of Like Nothing on this Earth: A Literary History of the Wheatbelt, by Tony Hughes-d’Aeth
In this lengthy and ambitious work, Tony Hughes-d’Aeth employs an ‘event/witness’ model to relate the history of the wheatbelt, a portion of Western Australia consisting of approximately 50 million acres (3) Hughes-d’Aeth has a very keen interest in this region,…5 July 2019