Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism
Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University and the author of, most recently,
The Normativity of Creeks
There is a coastal tidal creek in Northern Australia in which the form of a young girl lies face down. She came to this creek as a beautiful teenager (a tjipel in the language of the area) who decided to dress as a young man, equipping herself with male clothes and hunting implements, including a spear and spear thrower. After a series of incidents the young woman became a creek. Chapter 4 puts this young woman’s ongoing existence in conversation with the desires of two other women: Linda Yarrowin, a contemporary middle-aged Indigenous woman, and Julia Gillard, the former Labor...