Stephen Muecke

Stephen Muecke has written on Indigenous Australia and more recently on the Indian Ocean. His books include Ancient & Modern: Time, culture and Indigenous philosophy (2004).

Stephen Muecke reviews 'Landprints: Reflections on place and landscape' by George Seddon

September 1997, no. 194 01 September 1997
Stephen Muecke reviews 'Landprints: Reflections on place and landscape' by George Seddon
Australia is exceptionally rich in parrots. Why? Many Australian plants have hard, woody seed capsules because of adaptation to seasonal aridity, low nutrient soils and wildfire. Parrots can be seen as flying nutcrackers. Australia does not, however, have any woodpeckers. Why? Well, read the essay. George Seddon is well-known as an environmentalist and academic. Western Australian readers wil ... (read more)

Stephen Muecke reviews 'The Reader’s Construction of Narrative' by Horst Ruthrof

June 1982, no. 41 01 June 1982
Stephen Muecke reviews 'The Reader’s Construction of Narrative' by Horst Ruthrof
Literary theory is in for an exciting time in Australia. While the Leavisites in the older English departments were wondering what happened to the British ‘Great Tradition’, literary studies went General and Comparative in the 1960s, establishing a fertile context for the development of genuine theoretical developments such as those brought about by the encounter with structuralism, phenomenol ... (read more)

Stephen Muecke 'Traumascapes: The power and fate of places transformed by tragedy' by Maria Tumarkin

September 2005, no. 274 01 September 2005
Stephen Muecke 'Traumascapes: The power and fate of places transformed by tragedy' by Maria Tumarkin
If it is the case that we can no longer avoid the effects of living under conditions of globalisation, then increasingly that spatial dimension governs our lives. Look not, therefore, deep into the history of our individual nations or localities to explain what is going on, but lift your eyes to the horizon, and beyond, where a devastated city may be smouldering. Within minutes, a local politician ... (read more)