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Examines contemporary Australian literature with the view that 'the sacred is at once a powerful symptom of postcolonial disquiet and a path of flight that promises to lead beyond this, and beyond history itself'. (p. 157)
After stating that Garner's writing has the 'capacity to move, compel and disturb' the author then examines 'the relationship between Garner's literary reputation and her current purchase as an Australian public intellectual'. (p.160)
Examines the poetry of Les Murray and finds an 'awareness, a coming to realize that it is impossible to speak of God, even as God is represented, imaged, mimicked, and called on...the very closest the poetry comes to the sacred'. (p.171)