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Commonwealth Essays and Studies was created in 1975 and is issued twice-yearly by the Société d’études des pays du Commonwealth (SEPC). The journal publishes critical articles on postcolonial literatures in English, with the aim of offering a perception of their variety, their evolution and the issues at stake. The current editor is Christine Lorre-Johnston.

Commonwealth Essays and Studies became Postcolonial Literatures and Arts in May 2024.

Latest issue
44.2 | 2022
Alexis Wright

Centring Indigenous Stories, Worlding Possibilities
Edited by Marilyne Brun and Estelle Castro-Koshy

This special issue on Alexis Wright’s work includes ten academic articles, seven of which focus on Wright’s Carpentaria (2006), while three discuss the author’s two other novels – Plains of Promise (1997) and The Swan Book (2013) – and oeuvre as a whole. The issue also contains art and poetry by Australian Indigenous creative artists, as well as the reprint of a review of Carpentaria and a reflexive essay on translating Wright’s works into Chinese. From the centrality of Indigenous epistemologies in Wright’s oeuvre to her narrative creativity, representation of country, commitment to a sovereignty of the mind, humour, and refusal of genres, the various contributions to the special issue propose original analyses and approaches to better understand Wright’s nuanced, complex novels and non-fiction works.

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