Readings/writings

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Melbourne University Publish, 1998 - History - 235 pages
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Reading is a dance on the beaches of the mind, writes Greg Dening. His reading-dances are about the pain of cross-cultural encounters, of loomings beyond the horizons of discipline, gender and race, of the pleasures of a hundred texts. In Readings/Writings his aim is to cultivate our imaginations so that we might see further, understand more deeply and hear more acutely.
This book opens with Dening's extraordinary piece, 'Memorial', a deeply moving reading of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Dening's profound yet lucid reflections on the meanings contained in this stark, simple memorial set the tone for the book.
 

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Contents

Fetching Facts
20
Kingdoms Come
33
An Ethnographic Essay
48
Simpsons Donkey
69
Beaches of the Mind
85
Endeavour and Hokulea
100
Something of a Cooks Tour
120
Turtles All the Way Down
133
TheatreTheory
147
The Hill of Difficulty
177
The Trials of a Literary Man
195
Memorial
219
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Greg Dening is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University, Canberra.

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