“Deep Hanging Out”: Native Species Images and Affective Labour

Michael Farrell


This paper investigates the affective labour done by, specifically, native species images in Australian poetry, using Judith Wright's bird poems, and various poems about kangaroos as example. It uses the anthropological term, "deep hanging out", borrowed from an article about fashion models, to extend the idea of affective labour, and to measure poems' attentions to birds and animals, and their relation to iconising as the work of nationalism. It is concerned with cultural capital, and Canberra, and the human empire.


Judith Wright; affect theory; cultural capital; David Campbell; Robert Gray; Gig Ryan; animal studies

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