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'This essay presents a comparative analysis of two contemporary writers from Australia and New Zealand to argue for their shared secession from the category of nation. The texts in question, Australian writer Alexis Wright's Carpentaria (2006) and New Zealand writer Elizabeth Knox'es cotemporaneous duet Dreamhunter (2005) and Dreamquake (2007), rehearse this secession by replacing the now evacuated space of nation with the space of region. This essay will demonstrate how this regional space constitutes an emergence from colonial topographies of inhabitation.' (66)
Discusses the genesis of a (lost) poem by Henry Lawson, 'Mothers o' Men'. Written beween July and September 1903, while Lawson was separating from his wife and lived in Manly, the poem was recited by Mrs Hamilton-Grey, who campaigned against a new Children's Protection Bill, to a large audience at the School of Arts on 21 September 1903. Topical and popular as the poem seems to have been, it was never published.