Postlude: Ficto-criticism after Critique

Stephen Muecke

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The fi ling cabinet in my bush camp at Millibinyarri is like a dream. Like in a dream, things are not quite right. It has drawers, but they won’t open. They must be rusted shut. The gloss has gone off the outside paint, so it remains a kind of buff red ochre.
I have an idea, but I can’t fi le it correctly. I tug at a drawer. It won’t
I think my artist friend Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman, who lived here once, composed this fi ling cabinet with things on top: An empty bird cage with a white cocky feather sticking out. A fish shape made from a bent coat- hanger wire. Shells and rocks from the beach. A hurricane lamp. This filing cabinet belongs in a dream. Out of it seeps a fondness that floats around the Millibinyarri bush camp.¹
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWriting Architectures
Subtitle of host publicationFicto-Critical Approaches
Editors Hélène Frichot, Naomi Stead
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781350137929, 9781350137912
ISBN (Print)9781350137905
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Architecture
  • Fiction
  • Creative writing
  • ficto-criticism
  • architectural criticism
  • cultural studies/ethnography
  • Jane Rendell
  • Stephen Muecke


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