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Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2049-3010
  • E-ISSN: 2049-3029


The politics of distance in Australia has shaped our history and informed the psychological landscape of Australian cultural identity since settlement and colonization. Distance is a subjective space for Australians, and as a result the national subjectivity can cause significant problems for immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees and exiles from 'other' homelands who experience a disjunction of place and culture, and seek sanctuary. Drawing on current post-colonial Australian anxieties, this research investigates Australian concepts of distance alongside what has become a politically contested Australian racial and cultural agenda. Analysing these issues through the lens of Australian Gothic drama, the article also integrates examples from Hassall's performance research, Salvation (2013), to support the discussion.


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