Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

Introduction: Budrikis

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Amy Budrikis

The University of Western Australia 

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Introduction


Volume 24.1 is a general edition, bringing together a collection of articles that all happen to feature novels – but in keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of this journal, the similarities end there. The volume begins with Philip Zapkin’s article ‘Distrustful Art: Imagining a Polyphonic Common in Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs’, a challenge to the idea of intellectual property ownership and late capitalism through an exploration of Carey’s adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations. In ‘Maternal Absence and Incestuous Desire in Patrick Holland’s The Mary Smokes Boys’, Narelle de Boer explores incestuous desire and the presence of the absent mother in the Australia Gothic novel. Farzaneh Pishro’s article ‘‘The Brain is Wider than the Sky’: The Representation of Self in Galatea 2.2’ examines the notion of selfhood and selfacquisition in artificial intelligence resulting from exposure to narratives. Finally, in ‘Calling the Phoenix: Integrating the Trauma of the Nakba into Palestinian Identity’, Ahlam Mustafa AbuKhoti argues for an alternative understanding of cultural trauma and collective identity, as documented in Radwa Ashour’s novel Al Tantoureyya (The Woman From Tantoura).

This edition also features reviews of the new release of A.B. Facey’s A Fortunate Life, reviewed by Alexandra Cain; the edited volume The ‘Public’ Life of Photographs, reviewed by Rebecca Repper; and a cultural review by Anna Murray of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibition HyperPrometheus: The Legacy of Frankenstein, presented in partnership with UWA’s SymbioticA.

From Dickensian London to rural Australia to neo-colonial Palestine to the mind of a machine, we hope you will enjoy this edition of Limina journal.

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