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Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 'I Find New Things I'd Forgotten I Needed' : Consumption, Domesticity and Home Renovation
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'This paper explores the numerous ways in which domestic space is represented a a site of excess, consumption and desire in texts from different ends of the cultural spectrum improvement culture, contemporary home improvement culture, in particular renovation programs such as The Block (2004-), as well as examining a selection of poems by contemporary Australian female poets. I examine the development of house renovation as a cultural phenomenon in Australia, particularly in Australian reality television, and consider some of the uncanny devices used to construct a fantasy of completion and wholeness that is implicit in most popular home improvement texts. By fixing the house, these programs suggest to viewers, the inhabitant becomes a better person, better parent, better consumer (insofar as their purchases reflect particular middle-class tastes and styles). Whereas there is a great deal of critical and creative work on the overlapping paradigms of architecture and narrative, "poetry, in contrast , is a space that does not permit ready entry' (Brewster 143).' (Abstract)

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    y separately published work icon Hecate Excess and Desire vol. 42 no. 2 2016 12293517 2016 periodical issue

    'This issue of Hecate, as well as the one to follow (43.1), prints some papers from the  "Excess, Desire and Twentieth to Twenty-First Century Women's Writing" conference held at The University of Queensland in February 2017. A common feature of the articles in this issue is that they investigate various possibilities of resistance to and agency against white supremacist, capitalist, imperialist, patriarchal, repressive regimes, both institutional and ideological - as their operations are recounted in women's writing and/or as they are examined/focused through a subversive feminist lens - the author's or the critic's.' (Editorial)

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