Meanjin Quarterly Summer 2019 - Vol 78 No 4

Literary Studies

Rediscovering Captain James Cook- Paul Daley combs through the archives, visits Cook's papers in the National Library, speaks with Indigenous Australian thinkers and comes up with a reappraisal of the great explorer's impact.

Selling the farm- the author of Rusted Off Why Country Australia Is Fed Up, Gabrielle Chan on the permanently changed face of Australian agriculture. No more family farms, no more rural romance, just vast corporatised agri-business and the whiff of corruption.

Our broken Journalism- He watched the 2019 election campaign from the inside, and now blogger and economics commentator Greg Jericho despairs of traditional journalism, a craft that has hastened the decline of our politics and public life.

Walking rivers, making sense- writer Tony Birch (Ghost River, The White Girl) walks riverside in Kyoto and Melbourne looking for meaning and the lost trails of waterways.

Plus- Guy Rundle on the slow death of Australian television, Liz Duck-Chong in search of Ronald McDonald and Patrick McCaughey on the cultural wonders of Berlin, with a brace of fresh fiction and new poetry too.

And in March Meanjin- The Fragile Whites- Indigenous author Alison Whittaker on the reluctance of a white Australia shadowed by colonialism and a buried history, to own its racism.


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  • : Meanjin
  • : 9780522875720
  • : Melbourne University Publishing
  • : December 2019
  • : magazines