chapter  13
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Burnt houses and the haunted home: reconfi guring the ruin in Australia

ByKATRINA SCHLUNKE

This chapter is an exploration of how we might think with the home that has become a ruin as a result of a natural disaster, in this case an Australian bushfi re. It asks the reader to engage in a (re)thinking experiment rather than seeking confi rmation of a simple critique of the meanings of home or the cultural cost of housing. It attempts to hold the idea of home and house in a kind of critical suspension through which experiences of loss, materiality, colonialism and the more-than-human pass through to re-enliven the ruin.