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Locating Melbourne and Mars in the World of Literature


Australia saw a rush of utopian fiction in the late nineteenth century. Speculative accounts of futuristic Australian cities or otherworldly societies…

Melbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets


When editor Joseph Fraser is asked to publish the diaries of a local merchant, he can hardly believe what he is reading. Adam Jacobs has been leading…

Science Fiction’s Ethical Modes: Totality, Infinity, and the Unenglobable Literary Space [PhD thesis]


In this thesis, I argue that the assumptions and values that underpinned pulp science fiction (SF) from the USA predisposed it to totalising themes…

Davide Panagia, Ten Theses for an Aesthetics of Politics [book review]


A short volume, Davide Panagia’s Ten Theses for an Aesthetics of Politics (2016) sketches a thought-provoking framework for the reconceptualisation of…

(Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction [conference]


The (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction conference was held 15–17 December 2017 at the Monash University Law Chambers in…

Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique, no. 35/36: (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction (2018)


This special double issue of Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique arises from the (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction conference,…

Consent is sexy: gender, sexual identity and sex positivism in MTV's young adult television series Teen Wolf (2011-)


The dominance of sexual violence and gender inequality in young adult paranormal series, including Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga (2005-2008) and…