School of Culture and Communication - Theses
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Maurice Blanchot: three terrors
This thesis studies the political and critical writings of Maurice Blanchot from 1933 to 1949, a period in which he underwent a number of fundamental intellectual changes that were most famously but not only political. Its ...
The topographical parenthesis: articulations of space in the novels of Henry James
Taking as its cue the “topographical parenthesis” of Washington Square (1881), this thesis proffers the parenthesis as a critically underrated topographical and rhetorical category that is constituent of the novels of Henry ...
Collaborative drawing on Captain Cook's Endeavour voyage, 1768-1771: an intellectual history of artistic practice
This thesis investigates what can be learned from the drawn gesture on paper by locating it in the historical context in which it was made. This ‘contextualist’ approach to drawing analysis is derived from the methodologies ...
Welcome to the coven: organising feminist activism in the connective era
The highly publicised protest wave of the early 2010s triggered a reconceptualization of the organisational practices and structures of contemporary activism. Prior research was focused on analysing the new sociality of ...
Three books: voice, literature, and mind
THREE BOOKS: Voice, Literature, and Mind (2013–2018) The Absent Therapist / The Inevitable Gift Shop / Murmur The Absent Therapist is a kaleidophone of voices – internal monologues, meditations, expostulations – that ...
Moving mountains: interwar collecting of French modernist art and the economics of translocation
A distinguishing feature of the Parisian art market during the interwar period was the influx of art collectors from outside continental Europe, who, in many cases, benefited from a currency advantage against the weakened ...
Fielding Peter Carey: economy, archive, celebrity
This thesis accounts for a method of reading Carey’s fiction as works of national literature in the minor register (colonial, peripheral, small) which refract a sense of the possibility of circulation in transnational ...
Collecting Australian art history: Dr. S.A. Ewing and the Ewing Collection
This thesis is a study of collector Dr. Samuel Arthur Ewing (1864–1941) and his collection of Australian art at the University of Melbourne. Although Ewing was considered one of the leading collectors of his day, little ...
The interpretive gesture: Heiner Goebbels and the imagination of the public sphere
Heiner Goebbels’s Stifters Dinge and When the Mountain Changed Its Clothing are examples of “postdramatic” theatre works that engage with the political by seeking to challenge socially ingrained habits of perception rather ...
The art of walking: a romantic genealogy
This dissertation attends to the development of walking as an art form. It is guided by the research questions: What form might a genealogy of the art of walking take? And what would be its value? Drawing on the genealogical ...