Kyle Kohinga

Kyle’s thesis seeks to rematerialise emerging concern with ‘decolonising’ landscape poetry via tracing the emergence of white sovereignty – administrative, economic, aesthetic – over rightfully Indigenous ground and resources in colonial Australian geography and poetry. Arguing that (neo)colonial spatial imaginaries play a key role in enabling and obscuring contemporary injustices, such as that of the mining industry against Indigenous Australian communities and the environment, it then examines how contemporary Australian poets have exposed and critiqued the spatial, temporal and ontological structures which cast such ‘frontier developmentalism’ as in a ‘national’ interest.

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