Coetzee's haunting of Australian literature

Takolander, Maria 2007, Coetzee's haunting of Australian literature, Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature : JASAL, vol. Special Issue, pp. 37-51.

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Title Coetzee's haunting of Australian literature
Author(s) Takolander, MariaORCID iD for Takolander, Maria
Journal name Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature : JASAL
Volume number Special Issue
Start page 37
End page 51
Publisher Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Place of publication Canberra, ACT.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1447-8986
Keyword(s) Australian literature
Summary In June 2006, the Good Weekend, the magazine supplementing Saturday’s the Age in Melbourne, ran the following cover story by Catharine Lumby: “Worried TV will turn your child into a zombie?” The cover featured a science-fiction image of a boy’s upturned face. Televisions were reflected in his pupils, giving them the effect of being square instead of round. The message, though, was ultimately non-alarmist with the subheading already instructing “Relax. It’s all good”. Stories like this appear regularly in the press, and while I am not interested in debating whether TV is good or bad for children, I am interested in the popular image of children—or, for that matter, adults—as being akin to zombies when they watch TV, if only because something similar happens when we read books. Although it is not as fashionable to talk about it, we become emptied of ourselves, possessed by something other.
Notes Spectres, Screens, Shadows, Mirrors: JASAL Special Issue 2007
Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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