Publication Details

Slater, L. 2002, 'Is any body home? - Rewriting the crisis ofbelonging in Margaret Sommerville's Body/Landscape journals', Southerly: a review of Australian literature, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 181-192.


Whilst attempting to write a paper about relationships to place, Margaret Somerville suffered from what she calls 'a crisis of the body.'. She was in the early stages of a collaborative writing project with four Aboriginal women in which she was recording their oral histories of their connection to place. She says of the proiect: The women gave me multiple selves, the different I's I want in the text: the pencil as opposed to the mouth, archaeologist, historian, oral historian, and so on, but the new question was how to write a bodily presence?