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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Telling Stories at the Permeable Borders of the Human in David Malouf's Ransom
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  • Epigraph: They are men from [Achilles'] home country, clear-spirited and secure in their animal nature, unacquainted with second thoughts...They have the minds of hawks, these men, of foxes and of the wolves that come at night to the snowy folds and are tracked and hunted. They love is unconditional. But when they look at him these days, what they see confounds them...he breaks daily every rule they have been taught to live by. Their only explanation is that he is mad. That some rough-haired god has darkened his mind and now moves like an opposing stranger in him, occupying that place where reason and rule should be, and sleep, and honour of other men and the gods. (Ransom 28-29)

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    y separately published work icon What is the Human? : Australian Voices from the Humanities L. E. Semler (editor), Bob Hodge (editor), Philippa Kelly (editor), Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2012 Z1906296 2012 anthology criticism 'How do we define the human today? Have the tumultuous changes of the past half century created such new conditions and epistemologies that all older ideas and answers are obsolete? Are Humanities disciplines and the knowledge they contain now consigned to specialist interest in an irrelevant past?

    This book brings together seventeen Australian voices giving illuminating pers-pectives on these fundamental questions. They speak from many disciplines in the Humanities and probe the cultural products of humanity, past and present, inscribed on bodies and texts, in oral, print and digital media.

    Some explore the place of the human among the animals and machines with which we share so much. They reflect on problems of the corporate world and pre-modern cultures of Asia and Europe. They learn from popular cultural forms like computer simulations and Japanese manga and dolls. They look in new ways at a range of literary forms and at figurations of the human in drama, verse, novel and film. From this extraordinary array of art and ingenuity from the past and the present, they cast a stark light on the human, what it was, is, and may be.' (Publisher's blurb)
    Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2012
    pg. 154-169
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