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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 What Falls from View? On Re-Reading Alexis Wright's Plains of Promise
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'Reading is a visual practice. It always involves a scene. What scenes do white readers of Plains of Promise gaze upon as they hold its pages in their hands? If the visual field is always structured by desire - in the words of Parveen Adams, 'I enjoy what I see and I see what I enjoy' (111) - then a question insists: what scenes can white readers see when we read an Indigenous-signed text such as this one? What scene will our desires produce, and what might fall from view.' (Introduction, p. 70)


  • Epigraph:
    • After all, the best way to turn someone or something into an object is to kill it...But there are degrees of objectification. The process of mortification begins with how the other is seen, and supposedly known. (Brennan 35)

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