Astrid Lorange in response to Ann Vickery

Following on associatively from Vickery’s provocations, I will be looking at models for alternative kinships and affinities, touching on those suggested by Helene Cixous, Avital Ronell and Judith Butler at a recent panel in NYC, Lee Edelman in his post – Lacanian queer polemic No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, and recent critiques of the neo-colonial impulse in Australian poetry by Peter Minter and Bonny Cassidy. My response, building on Vickery’s call for cell-based networks, will suggest that the non-family, the archipelago, and the dysfunctional hive are worthwhile structures for a contemporary Australian poetics.

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