Debbie Rodan adds breadth and depth to the field of literary, cultural and gender studies through a meticulous investigation of tions such as re-presentation, justice and legitimation. She examines their historical and philosophical trajectories as well as their politico-juridical underpinnings through an ambitious and timely recuperation of the Enlightenment projects of rationality and emancipation. The point of departure is a critical engagement with the theoretical work of John Rawls, Jurgen Habermas and Jean-Francois Lyotard. Rodan claims each can be read as foregrounding diverse ways of constituting identity within the social world. Recognition of other people's identity at the social, cultural and national level is crucial to the possibility of justice. Rodan tests the concepts of justice, legitimation and identity through detailed critical readings/analyses of a range of texts. The range includes the film East is East, a number of auto/biographical narratives as well as the Australian government report, Bringing Them Home, which is concerned with the removal of Aboriginal children from their families. She avoids polarising Aboriginal/n-Aboriginal tions of justice, identity etc. by including texts which raise and problematise questions of ethnicity and gender.
The Author: Debbie Rodan is a lecturer in Media Studies at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. She has published on the discourses of democracy and liberalism, the intersection of postcolonial/feminist theory, gender and race in selected narrative forms.