School of Culture and Communication - Theses
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Finding where the cuckoos sing: R. S. Thomas and the poiesis of birdwatching
This ecocritical study explores the poetry and prose of R. S. Thomas through the lens of his prolific career as a birdwatcher. This focus reveals a surprising unity in the way that Thomas uses birds in his poetry, and the ...
Writing places: whiteness and the design of the built environment
The design of the built environment affects people. In Australia, designed spaces reflect specific ideas about nationhood that do not represent the reality of a diverse population. Instead, a white national identity pervades ...
Tommy McRae: his cultural interaction with the colonial world
Tommy McRae: His Cultural Interaction with the Colonial World Andrew Sayers' landmark book 'Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century' was published in 1996. It revealed for the first time the extent of the art ...
Global SF in the twenty-first century: modernity and the other in Chinese and Anglophone SF
The twenty-first century has witnessed the rapid rise of non-Anglo-American science fiction. In this comparative study, I examine the ways Chinese science fiction is transforming the global field. I read Chen Qiufan alongside ...
Traces in stasis: a theory of enunciative trace in a comic, and material inertia in the work of Grant Morrison
In 'Traces en Cases', Philippe Marion conceives of the comic’s hand-drawn lines in terms of their opacitisation of the gestural enunciative act, and associates enunciative trace with a purely material quality to the line, ...
"I lost the world where I belonged. Now I don't belong anywhere": writing Third Culture experiences
In 1990 the Hubble Telescope was launched into outer space, and for the first time, human beings were able to see the universe more clearly. It was also the year that I started to understand myself in relation to the rest ...
“Revolting Developments”: productive shame in the graphic narratives of Phoebe Gloeckner and Aline Kominsky-Crumb
“Revolting Developments” presents the first extended, comparative analysis of Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Phoebe Gloeckner’s comics, prose and visual works through the critical framework of shame as an affective mode. These ...
Rational fictions: Hollis Frampton's Magellan and the atlas of film
This thesis analyses three films by Hollis Frampton (1936-1984): Magellan (1964–1984), Palindrome, (1969), and Zorns Lemma (1970). I argue that Frampton sought to organise knowledge on film by recuperating the atlas—a ...
Painting the banal: Dale Hickey and Robert Hunter, 1966-1973
A significant development within art of the 1960s and 1970s was the dispersal of the traditional artistic mediums, and their replacement by a disparate array of installation, performance, documentary and theoretical practices ...
The formation of an abstract language in the early painting of Roger Kemp
The development of an abstract language in Roger Kemp's early painting reflects the manner in which Kemp assimilated elements of the two main currents of European abstraction. The more intellectual, structural current ...