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1 y separately published work icon TEXT Special Issue Website Series Peripheral Visions no. 57 October Deborah Hunn (editor), Ffion Murphy (editor), Catherine Noske (editor), Anne Surma (editor), 2019 18271319 2019 periodical issue

'Official language smitheryed to sanction ignorance and preserve privilege is a suit of armor polished to shocking glitter, a husk from which the knight departed long ago. Yet there it is: dumb, predatory, sentimental. Exciting reverence in schoolchildren, providing shelter for despots, summoning false memories of stability, harmony among the public. (Morrison 1993)

'These lines, drawn from novelist, essayist, and teacher Toni Morrison’s 1993 Nobel lecture, offer a vivid description of the kinds of rhetoric dominating our public, professional, and even our cultural spaces today, although the cracks are beginning to show, and we would be hard pressed to claim that ‘harmony’ prevails.' (Deborah Hunn, Ffion Murphy, Catherine Noske and Anne Surma, Introduction)

1 1 In a Different Voice : ‘A Letter from Manus Island’ as Poetic Manifesto Anne Surma , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : Journal of Media and Cultural Studies , vol. 32 no. 4 2018; (p. 518-526)

'On 9 December 2017, The Saturday Paper published ‘A Letter from Manus Island’, an essay and manifesto written by Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist and refugee being held on Manus Island with hundreds of other men. Boochani writes in a radical, ‘poetic’ voice that makes the ordinary strange again, as he talks of love, the interdependence of human beings, and the strength to be derived from acts of solidarity. He challenges not only the prevailing vituperative tenor of contemporary public rhetoric, but also the dehumanising discourses within which humanitarian practices in Australia, and in the west more broadly, operate. This paper is written as a letter, in direct reply to Boochani’s own. It is inspired by Lilie Chouliaraki’s critique of contemporary practices of humanitarianism and the ways in which politics, the market and technology have transformed ‘the moral dispositions of our public life’. It explores the unsettling effects and provocative insights presented by Boochani’s poetic voice – the refugee as human subject and agent rather than victim or object of pity (or hate). The paper thus reflects on our conventional responses to the ethical call to solidarity from vulnerable subjects and imagines how we might respond otherwise.'  (Introduction)

1 Stolen Stories Returned : Bringing Them Home Anne Surma , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 491-497)
1 y separately published work icon SCW : Showcasing Creative Writing at Murdoch University Christine Owen (editor), Simone Lazaroo (editor), Anne Surma (editor), 2009 Z1905307 2009 periodical At the end of each year, submissions are called from Murdoch students who've taken creative writing units during the year. Selections of the year's best creative writing are then posted on the Murdoch University website for all to read, informing new and prospective students, as well as family and friends of the work of the Creative Writing program.
1 Defining Professional Writing as an Area of Scholarly Activity Anne Surma , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 4 no. 2 2000;
1 Untitled Anne Surma , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Span , December no. 37 1993; (p. 237-241)

— Review of Four New Poets John Bennett , Susan Hawthorne , Beate Josephi , Terry Whitebeach , 1993 anthology selected work poetry
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