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Issue Details: First known date: 2006... 2006 Dogboys and Lost Things, or, Anchoring a Floating Signifier : Race and Critical Multiculturalism
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'In her 2004 book on multiculturalism, Haunted Nations: The Colonial Dimensions of Multiculturalisms, Sneja Gunew persistently refers to the term multiculturalism as a floating signifier. (1) While this notion of a floating signifier is helpful because it acknowledges different ways in which multiculturalism functions in specific contexts, it may be unhelpful when it floats so much as to lose any signification. While I identify myself as a postmodernist and, therefore, regularly resist universalist terminology, I find myself in a peculiar position of wanting to put limits on the term multiculturalism. (2) If multiculturalism can mean anything, then why is it important to analyze children's literature through the lens of multiculturalism, I wonder.' - Author's abstract

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Ariel vol. 37 no. 4 October 2006 Z1517398 2006 periodical issue 2006 pg. 1-20
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    y separately published work icon Australian Made : A Multicultural Reader Sonia Mycak (editor), Amit Sarwal (editor), Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2010 Z1780622 2010 anthology criticism Australian Made is a collection of essays about the writers, the readers and the texts of multicultural Australia. Despite the different approaches they take, the essays address a number of questions which are important for understanding Australian multicultural society and Australia's national literary culture.
    How does multiculturalism intersect with different genres and generic conventions? How is cultural diversity expressed and enacted within life writing, women's writing, experimental writing, children's literature, poetry, prose and film? What does it mean to be a 'multicultural writer' in Australia today? What is a 'multicultural text'?
    Presenting the work of critics and scholars from both Australia and abroad, this collection creates a synergy between local and international perspectives as it explores what it means for a writer or a reader to be 'Australian' and a text to be 'Australian made' (Publisher website).
    Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2010
    pg. 97-118
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