Annamarie Jagose is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, having previously held positions at the University of Auckland and the University of Melbourne. She is internationally known as a scholar in feminist studies, lesbian/gay studies and queer theory and is also an award-winning novelist and short story writer.
All essays by Annamarie Jagose
A month into my summer job, I said to my mother with unusual vehemence that I never wanted to end up in a rest home. By then, I knew some of the residents better and alongside the mandated ministrations of care – the quickly learned techniques of the sponge-bath, the assertive double-fold of a hospital corner when making the beds and the fitting of a prosthetic half-leg – I had come to care for them in my own fashion.