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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 Dear Amnesty
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Meanjin vol. 47 no. 1 Autumn 1988 Z655202 1988 periodical issue 1988 pg. 55-61
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Isobars Janette Turner Hospital , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z454509 1990 selected work short story St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 pg. 94-105
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Collected Stories 1970-1995 Janette Turner Hospital , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 Z201489 1995 selected work short story St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1995 pg. 255-263
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Making Connections : Six Australian Short Story Writers Brian Keyte (editor), Melbourne : Addison Wesley Longman Australia , 1997 Z221043 1997 anthology short story criticism

    The stories chosen chart the emotions and the experiences of human beings living at particular times and in particular places. Collected as the landmark of a new millennium approached, the stories represent an interest at that time in past and future.

    Melbourne : Addison Wesley Longman Australia , 1997
    pg. 150-158

Works about this Work

Never Give up Hope : A Levinasian Reading of Janette Turner Hospital's 'Dear Amnesty' Barbara Arizti Martin , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 31 no. 2 2009; (p. 147-160)
A double click on the 'Take Action' button opens up several ways of collaborating with Amnesty International that include the classic letter writing to authorities, joining a local group, leaving a gift in your will and throwing a fundraising party, amongst others. The degree of commitment shown by Sarah, a member of the Urgent Action Network in Janette Turner Hospital's short story 'Dear Amnesty', acquire hyperbolic tinges when whe manages to save Rosita - arrested and tortured for requesting better work conditions - by draining off her pain into her own body. This article engages with Turner Hospital's short story as an extreme example of the main tenet of Levinas's ethics of alterity: our infinite responsibility for our neighbours. Like Amnesty International, Levinas's ethical philosophy envisages a messianic time free from political violence. Sarah's radical openness to the other can also be analysed in the light of Gibson's ethics of affect. Inspired by Levinas and his other-centred philosophy, Gibson elaborates an ethics that priviledges sensibility, vulnerability, generosity and self-expenditure over and above self-interest and restraint. [Author's abstract]
Shall I Shoot Her Dead or Just Wound Her? Marion Halligan , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 46 1991; (p. 9-12)
Never Give up Hope : A Levinasian Reading of Janette Turner Hospital's 'Dear Amnesty' Barbara Arizti Martin , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 31 no. 2 2009; (p. 147-160)
A double click on the 'Take Action' button opens up several ways of collaborating with Amnesty International that include the classic letter writing to authorities, joining a local group, leaving a gift in your will and throwing a fundraising party, amongst others. The degree of commitment shown by Sarah, a member of the Urgent Action Network in Janette Turner Hospital's short story 'Dear Amnesty', acquire hyperbolic tinges when whe manages to save Rosita - arrested and tortured for requesting better work conditions - by draining off her pain into her own body. This article engages with Turner Hospital's short story as an extreme example of the main tenet of Levinas's ethics of alterity: our infinite responsibility for our neighbours. Like Amnesty International, Levinas's ethical philosophy envisages a messianic time free from political violence. Sarah's radical openness to the other can also be analysed in the light of Gibson's ethics of affect. Inspired by Levinas and his other-centred philosophy, Gibson elaborates an ethics that priviledges sensibility, vulnerability, generosity and self-expenditure over and above self-interest and restraint. [Author's abstract]
Shall I Shoot Her Dead or Just Wound Her? Marion Halligan , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 46 1991; (p. 9-12)
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