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Alternative title: Tropical Gothic : Literary and Creative Works
Issue Details: First known date: 2019... vol. 18 no. 2 2019 of Etropic est. 2002- Etropic
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'This is the second published collection of the two-part special issue on the theme Tropical Gothic. While the first issue provided a space for reflection upon the unique social, historical, political, cultural and environmental conditions of the tropics; this second issue demonstrates how creative writers and artists have a particular role to play in such reflections, through producing the cultural artefacts for the contemplation of others, or by contributing to such debates as creative practitioners and critics. The papers concentrate on Tropical Gothic literary and creative works from South and Southeast Asia and Tropical Australia.' (Publication introduction)

Notes

  • Only literary material by Australian authors individually indexed. Other material in this issue includes:

    Tania De Rozario : Death Wears a Dress

    Jessica Faleiro Dancing with Rita

    Christian Jil Benitez : Apocalypse and The Riddle of the Fowl and the Eagles

    Christina Yin The Orangutan

    Robyn Glade-Wright : Plastic Gothic: Frankenstein, Art and the Microplastic Monster

Contents

* Contents derived from the 2019 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Tropical Gothic : Literary and Creative Works, Anita Lundberg , Roger Osborne , Katarzyna Ancuta , Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska , single work essay

'The eTropic special issue on the theme Tropical Gothic was first conceived in 2017. From the beginning there was a sense of how the theme had a certain resonance. By 2018, the term had appeared as a hashtag in social media for new music album entitled Tropical Gothic.

'These resonances are important as they reveal the build up of an idea at a particular time. This paper follows a rhizomatic path as it traces Tropical Gothic through the creative works of a music album, its cover art, and further to other influences including film and literature.

'These literary and creative works likewise resonate with the papers brought together in this second issue on the theme Tropical Gothic.' (Publication abstract) 

(p. 3-15)
A Sweltering Afternoon Herberton, Far North Queensland, Tass Holmes , single work prose
'This short prose comprises childhood recollections interspersed with a brief contemporary travel ‘memoir’, juxtaposing past and present narratives in a limited gothic style. It conveys a sense of the sultry ambience of far north Queensland’s tablelands region, inland from Cairns, with a particular focus on Herberton, a town in the ‘dry tropics’,with a mining history.' (Publication abstract)
(p. 81-92)
Not Today, Old Man, Lianda Burrows , single work prose

''Not Today, Old Man’ was written to the journal’s call-­out theme ‘Tropical Gothic’. Informed by these ideas and a long tradition of women’s writing from Austen to Atwood, ‘Not Today, Old Man’ interrogates the relationship between women and violence.

'Throughout most of the twentieth century, ongoing abuse of women in a domestic environment was not considered a mitigating factor in violent action performed against the perpetrator, or indeed ‘self-­defence’, unless taken at the time of attack. Unable to physically shield themselves from their abusers, and without a legal defence should they seek to protect themselves outside the temporal boundary of a violent attack, women were in a sense imprisoned within these relationships. In the comparatively rare instance that a woman was the perpetrator of domestic violence, ‘Battered Woman Syndrome’ was not available for defence in the context of Australian provocation law until the end of the twentieth century (see R v Kontinnen 1991;; R v Runjanjic 1992). It is worth considering that in this same era, a man making unwelcome sexual advances to another man was considered reasonable grounds for ‘self-­defence’ (R v Green 1997).

'The landscape in ‘Not Today, Old Man’ is predominantly set in the tropics, but the story also alludes to the diversity of countryside and climate within Australia, both in the text itself and through allusions to authors like Gerald Murnane. The dark undertones of the piece are embedded in the depiction of these landscapes and the images they evoke. The oppressive heat, humidity, and comparatively low population of Australia’s tropical regions lends itself to gothic exploration. This dark undertone was modelled on writers like David Malouf, whose fiction and poetry have been significant in endowing Australia with a sense of mythology associated with its Northern environments. As Malouf has explained, re-­mythologizing the postcolonial Australian landscape gives its diverse inhabitants a renewed, ‘symbolised place’ to ‘exist in’ (cited in Mulligan & Hill, 2001, p.110).' (Publication abstract)

(p. 94-101)

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Tropical Gothic : Literary and Creative Works Anita Lundberg , Roger Osborne , Katarzyna Ancuta , Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Etropic , vol. 18 no. 2 2019; (p. 3-15)

'The eTropic special issue on the theme Tropical Gothic was first conceived in 2017. From the beginning there was a sense of how the theme had a certain resonance. By 2018, the term had appeared as a hashtag in social media for new music album entitled Tropical Gothic.

'These resonances are important as they reveal the build up of an idea at a particular time. This paper follows a rhizomatic path as it traces Tropical Gothic through the creative works of a music album, its cover art, and further to other influences including film and literature.

'These literary and creative works likewise resonate with the papers brought together in this second issue on the theme Tropical Gothic.' (Publication abstract) 

Tropical Gothic : Literary and Creative Works Anita Lundberg , Roger Osborne , Katarzyna Ancuta , Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Etropic , vol. 18 no. 2 2019; (p. 3-15)

'The eTropic special issue on the theme Tropical Gothic was first conceived in 2017. From the beginning there was a sense of how the theme had a certain resonance. By 2018, the term had appeared as a hashtag in social media for new music album entitled Tropical Gothic.

'These resonances are important as they reveal the build up of an idea at a particular time. This paper follows a rhizomatic path as it traces Tropical Gothic through the creative works of a music album, its cover art, and further to other influences including film and literature.

'These literary and creative works likewise resonate with the papers brought together in this second issue on the theme Tropical Gothic.' (Publication abstract) 

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