Writing Belonging at the Millennium (Book)
Notes from the Field on Settler-Colonial Place
Writing Belonging at the Millennium brings together two pressing and interrelated matters: the global environmental impacts of post-industrial economies and the politics of place in settler-colonial societies.
Writing Belonging at the Millennium brings together two pressing and interrelated matters: the global environmental impacts of post-industrial economies and the politics of place in settler-colonial societies. In doing so, it focuses on Australia at the millennium, when the legacies of colonisation intersected with intensifying environmental challenges in a climate of anxiety around settler-colonial belonging. The question of what “belonging” means is central to the discussion of the unfolding politics of place in Australia and beyond. In this book, Emily Potter negotiates the meaning of belonging in a settler-colonial field and considers the role of literary texts in feeding and contesting these legacies and anxieties. Its intention is to interrogate the assumption that non-indigenous Australians’ increasingly unsustainable environmental practices represent a failure on their part to adequately belong in the country. Writing Belonging at the Millennium explores the idea of unsettled non-indigenous belonging as context for the emergence of potentially decolonized relations with place in a time of heightened global environmental concern.
Emily Potter is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University in Australia.
Chapter 1 Anxious Belonging
Chapter 2 Literary Expectations: grounding belonging
Chapter 3 Getting lost with Nikki Gemmell
Chapter 4 Redeeming environments
Chapter 5 Desiccated and infective: writing in Thea Astley’s Drylands
Chapter 6 The past is all around: Chloe Hooper’s A Child’s Book of True Crime
Chapter 7 Toxic imaginaries: undoing origins and endings