Essays

 

ESSAYS, REVIEWS AND ARTICLES

My womb is not terra nullius
Choice Words: A collection of writing about abortion edited by Louise Swinn, Allen & Unwin, March 2019

Any discussion of abortion must start with those capable of becoming pregnant and our bodies. These days this is rarely the case. Such conversations, often conducted by cisgender men, usually start with religion or morality, and the vicissitudes of eggs recently fertliised by sperm, when in fact abortion is a matter or our human right to reproductive health and safe, affordable medical procedures.

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Valuing Country: let me count three ways
Griffith Review 63, February 2019

IT WAS READING Alexis Wright’s novel Carpentaria (Giramondo, 2006) in 2007 that introduced me to the idea of ‘country’: land as a living being with meaning, personality, will, a temper and ancient reciprocal relationships with its people governed by law. This made sense to me. I’ve felt the living presence of this land and I care deeply about how we treat it. I’m especially interested in how our thinking about land shapes our behaviour towards it. And I’ve been preoccupied by ideas of country and two new ways of conceiving it – ‘natural capital’ and ‘rights of nature’ – that seek to address the many ecological crises currently afflicting our planet. Continue reading here

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Contested Land: Country and terra nullius in Plains of Promise and Benang
Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Vol 3, No 18


 

 
 

Tracker review: Alexis Wright’s collective memoir of Bruce Tilmouth’s life 
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, January 2018

 

 

Properly Alive: Taboo by Kim Scott
Sydney Review of Books, August 2017


Country and Climate Change in Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book
Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology
, 2016


Capitalism versus the agency of place: an ecocritical reading of That Deadman Dance and Carpentaria
Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Vol 13, No 2 (2013)


Going viral: Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book
Sydney Review of Books, August 2013