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This book addresses the ways in which a range of representational forms have influenced and helped implement the project of human rights across the world, and seeks to show how public discourses on law and politics grow out of and are influenced by the imaginative representations of human rights. It draws on a multi-disciplinary approach, using historical, literary, anthropological, visual arts, and media studies methods and readings, and covers a wider range of geographic areas than has previously been attempted. A series of specifically-commissioned essays by leading scholars in the field and by emerging young academics show how a multidisciplinary approach can illuminate this central concern.
The second Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation Forum explores the current and future role of private foundations in sustaining contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific region during a time of rapid development, transition, and change. The participants address the nature and economics of giving while taking into account the regional and international context in which art is produced and circulates.
Nicholas Jose is chair of Australian studies at Harvard University. Other contributors include Elaine W. Ng, Carrillo Gantner, Britta Erickson, and Gene Sherman.
A long-overdue new edition of Paper Nautilus, Nicholas Jose's bestselling novel. Richly evocative of postwar Australian life, Paper Nautilus subtly illuminates the complexities of ordinary people and the surprising powers of the human spirit. 'A disarmingly simple story, told with an elegance of style that immediately adds distinction ...a feat not to be taken lightly.' - Thomas Shapcott, The Good Reading Guide Nicholas Jose was born in 1952. He currently holds the chair of creative writing at the University of Adelaide and his most recent book is a novel, Original Face (2005).
Against the scarred landscape of contemporary Australia, eight childhood friends seek their individual destinies: Alex, ambitious but melancholy; Cleve, snatched by the state from his parents; Danny, his twin brother, who has spent more of his life in custody than free; Elspeth, the heiress seeking enlightenment; Jane, passionately committed to her art; Josie, dedicated to doing good; Wendy, in search of fun; and Ziggy, the brilliant actor. They are the custodians, but of what, and for whom? From the 1950s to the 1980s, from the South Australian outback to Manhattan's art world and the London stage, from tropical Queensland to Mao's China, "The Custodians" has an extraordinary reach. It is at once a startling and often comical novel about friendship, love, and betrayal, and an astounding story of struggle and history--a history which these eight characters must both embrace and transcend if they are to find reconciliation with the land to which they belong, but which does not belong to them. "The Custodians" is a triumph of storytelling, a sharp and moving epic from one of Australia's most acclaimed writers.
'I was a child when I first heard of him . 'There was a photograph of an old man with a prophet's beard and funny clothes standing outside an odd corrugated-iron dwelling in the middle of nowhere. Roger Jose lived with his Aboriginal wife in an upside-down water tank in a place called Borroloola. He used to push her along in a wheelbarrow because she was too fat to walk. He was about as far beyond the pale as you could go. 'living blackfella' in a policeman's disapproving words.'In this highly original book - history, travel book, memoir, quest - the author sets out to discover Roger Jose, perhaps a distant relative, and his life in a remote Aboriginal community on Australia's farthest shore, reading world literature and evolving his own radical philosophy. Roger's chosen motto, still pinned up in Borroloola, was 'Man's greatness is the fewness of his needs.' In his journey through the Gulf of Carpentaria searching for Roger, Nicholas Jose also met a young Gangalidda man, Murrandoo Yanner, representative of some of the most deprived Aboriginal communities in Australia who has committed himself to fighting for his people's rights in their vast and beautiful traditional territory.This book is the absorbing response of a modern writer to his own heritage.
An elegant and multi-layered novel, drawing comparisons with Memoirs of a Geisha and The English Patient, The Red Thread is rich, moving and unforgettable. Set in contemporary Shanghai, it is the story of an intense passion between Shen, a Chinese art dealer, and Ruth, a young Australian woman. As they fall in love, Shen finds that their lives are strangely mirrored in a rare Chinese manuscript which is nearly two hundred years old and of which the last two chapters have never been found. When Ruth falls prey to a terminal illness, Shen embarks on a desperate quest for the missing chapters hoping somehow to find a cure for the disease. But time is running out ...
The result of a collaboration between Sydney s Macquarie University and International PEN Sydney Centre, and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Research Council, The Literature of Australia gathers the most distinctive and most significant of the nation s writing. Highlights include: Coverage of over two hundred years of literature in all genres, from the 1700s to the present, and over 500 entries from 307 different authors, including writing by Aboriginal authors from the early colonial period to the present. Work from contemporary authors of international renown, including Shirley Hazzard, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Les Murray, Alexis Wright, and Kate Grenville. Biographical details about the authors of the works selected, an introductory essay, major essays setting the works in their historical context, and suggestions for further reading.
The Literature of Australia offers readers of all kinds a window into the myriad ways of being Australian."
A group of childhood friends from Australia, the custodians of the title, meet again after their travels and find divisions have opened up between them. Then the discovery of ancient bones at a dried-up lake leads to a high-level battle for land and the custodians are caught in the thick of it.
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