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Boyde, M. "Cultural myths and open secrets: the cattle industries in Australia." Southerly: a review of Australian literature 73 .2 (2013): 256-273.

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The English Association Sydney - Southerly


In a meditation on the “question of identity” Gertrude Stein, modernist writer, art collector, dog lover, writes about one of the dogs she and her partner Alice B. Toklas lived with: “I am I because my little dog knows me” (Geographical History 99). In a later discussion on identity and creativity Stein again includes the statement about her dog, adding: I was just thinking about anything and in thinking about anything I saw something. In seeing that thing shall we see it without it turning into identity, the moment is not a moment and the sight is not the thing seen and yet it is. (“What Are Master-Pieces” 146–47)