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Islands Identity And The Literary Imagination

Author: Elizabeth McMahon
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1783085355
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Australia is the planet’s sole island continent. This book argues that the uniqueness of this geography has shaped Australian history and culture, including its literature. Further, it shows how the fluctuating definition of the island continent throws new light on the relationship between islands and continents in the mapping of modernity. The book links the historical and geographical conditions of islands with their potent role in the imaginaries of European colonisation. It prises apart the tangled web of geography, fantasy, desire and writing that has framed the Western understanding of islands, both their real and material conditions and their symbolic power, from antiquity into globalised modernity. The book also traces how this spatial imaginary has shaped the modern 'man' who is imagined as being the island's mirror. The inter-relationship of the island fantasy, colonial expansion, and the literary construction of place and history, created a new 'man': the dislocated and alienated subject of post-colonial modernity. This book looks at the contradictory images of islands, from the allure of the desert island as a paradise where the world can be made anew to their roles as prisons, as these ideas are made concrete at moments of British colonialism. It also considers alternatives to viewing islands as objects of possession in the archipelagic visions of island theorists and writers. It compares the European understandings of the first and last of the new worlds, the Caribbean archipelago and the Australian island continent, to calibrate the different ways these disparate geographies unifed and fractured the concept of the planetary globe. In particular it examines the role of the island in this process, specifically its capacity to figure a 'graspable globe' in the mind. The book draws on the colonial archive and ranges across Australian literature from the first novel written and published in Australia (by a convict on the island of Tasmania) to both the ancient dreaming and the burgeoning literature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the twenty-first century. It discusses Australian literature in an international context, drawing on the long traditions of literary islands across a range of cultures. The book's approach is theoretical and engages with contemporary philosophy, which uses the island and the archipleago as a key metaphor. It is also historicist and includes considerable original historical research.

Suburban Space The Novel And Australian Modernity

Author: Brigid Rooney
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 178308815X
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‘Suburban Space, the Novel and Australian Modernity’ investigates the interaction between suburbs and suburbia in a century-long series of Australian novels. It puts the often trenchantly anti-suburban rhetoric of fiction in dialogue with its evocative and imaginative rendering of suburban place and time. ‘Suburban Space, the Novel and Australian Modernity’ rethinks existing cultural debates about suburbia – in Australia and elsewhere – by putting novelistic representations of ‘suburbs’ (suburban interiors, homes, streets, forms and lives over time) in dialogue with the often negative idea of ‘suburbia’ in fiction as an amnesic and conformist cultural wasteland. ‘Suburban space, the novel and Australian modernity’ shows, in other words, how Australian novels dramatize the collision between the sensory terrain of the remembered suburb and the cultural critique of suburbia. It is through such contradictions that novels create resonant mental maps of place and time. Australian novels are a prism through which suburbs – as sites of everyday colonization, defined by successive waves of urban development – are able to be glimpsed sidelong.

Richard Flanagan

Author: Robert Dixon
Publisher: Sydney University Press
ISBN: 1743325827
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Richard Flanagan: Critical Essays is the first book to be published about the life and work of this major world author. Written by twelve leading critics from Australia, Europe and North America, these richly varied essays offer new ways of understanding Flanagan’s contribution to Tasmanian, Australian and world literature. Flanagan’s fictional worlds offer empathetic, often poignant, renderings of those whose voices have been lost beneath official accounts of history, stories from a small region that have made their mark on a global scale. Considering his seven novels as well as his non-fiction, journalism and correspondence, this collection examines the historical and geographical factors that have shaped Flanagan’s representation of Tasmanian identity. This collection offers new insights into a determinedly regional writer, and the impact he has had on a local, national and global scale.

Travelling Home Walkabout Magazine And Mid Twentieth Century Australia

Author: Mitchell Rolls
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1783085398
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'Travelling Home' provides a detailed analysis of the contribution that the mid twentieth-century 'Walkabout' magazine made to Australia’s cultural history. Spanning five central decades of the twentieth century (1934-1974), 'Walkabout' was integral to Australia’s sense of itself as a nation. By advocating travel—both vicarious and actual—'Walkabout' encouraged settler Australians to broaden their image of the nation and its place in the Pacific region. In this way, 'Walkabout' explicitly aimed to make its readers feel at home in their country, as well as including a diverse picture of Aboriginal and Pacific cultures. Given its wide availability and distribution, together with its accessible and entertaining content, 'Walkabout' changed how Australia was perceived, and the magazine is recalled with nostalgic fondness by most if not all of its former readers. Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship, 'Travelling Home' engages with key questions in literary, cultural, and Australian studies about national identity and modernity. The book’s diverse topics demonstrate how 'Walkabout' canvassed subtle and shifting fields of representation; as a result, this analysis produces complex and nuanced readings of Australian literary and cultural history.

Postcolonial Past Present

Author: Anne Collett
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004376542
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In Postcolonial Past & Present twelve outstanding scholars look to those spaces Epeli Hau’ofa has insisted are full not empty to analyse the ways artists and intellectuals in the postcolonial world make sense of turbulent local and global forces.

Tod Auf Dem Fluss

Author: Richard Flanagan
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 3492972594
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Aljaz Cosini führt als Raftingführer Touristen den wilden Franklin River in Tasmanien hinunter. Bei der Landung vor einem Wasserfall gleitet Aljaz bei dramatischen Rettungsversuch auf einem Felsen aus und stürzt in den Fluss. Von der Wucht des Wassers an die Felsen gedrückt, droht er zu ertrinken. Während er um sein Leben kämpft, zieht seine Vergangenheit an ihm vorbei. Aljaz› Erinnerungen und Gefühle fügen sich zu einem großen erzählerischen Porträt dieses wilden Landstrichs und seiner Bewohner...

Virtual Voyages

Author: Paul Longley Arthur
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781843313182
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'Virtual Voyages' is a fascinating account of the European discovery of the elusive 'great south land' told through the literature of 'imaginary voyages'. Written at the height of the era of European maritime exploration, these bizarre and captivating tales, with their wildly imaginative visions of antipodean inversion and strangeness, reveal a hidden history of attitudes to colonization. By exposing the relationship between myth and reality in the antipodes, this book casts new light on the power of fiction to influence history. In the post-colonial studies field, books about travel writing and empire have tended to focus on the high period of nineteenth-century imperialism and on the colonial settings of Africa and India. This book offers a fresh perspective by focussing on the eighteenth century, and referring to the geographical region of Australia and the Pacific, which has had far less attention. The book also breaks new ground by being the first to approach the genre of the imaginary voyage from a post-colonial perspective. In addition to the new insights into European colonialism that it offers, the book illustrates many broader themes in eighteenth-century history and thought. These include connections between the rise of science and modern imperialism, the development of narrative history and fiction and the influence of romanticism, the evolution of the early novel in Britain and France, and the role of mythology in the development of national identity.

Ein Samstag In Sydney

Author: Gail Jones
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ISBN: 3864381401
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An einem strahlenden Sommertag kreuzen sich die Wege von vier Menschen am Hafen von Sydney, in der Nähe der berühmten Oper. Scharen von Touristen vermischen sich hier mit Einwohnern der Stadt. Alle vier tragen an ihrer Geschichte: Ellie erinnert sich an ihre Liebe zu James als Vierzehnjährige in der kleinen Provinzstadt, in der sie aufwuchsen. James ist besessen von einer Tragödie, für die er sich verantwortlich glaubt. Catherine trauert um ihren Bruder Brendan, der vor einigen Jahren in Dublin starb. Und Pei Xing fährt jeden Samstag nach Sydney, um einer einstigen Lageraufseherin aus Pasternaks Doktor Schiwago vorzulesen. Gail Jones folgt diesen Figuren durch Sydney, auf ihren eigenen und doch verbundenen Wegen, eingehüllt in Erinnerungen, Schuld und Bedauern, während die Stadt um sie herumwirbelt. Aber es ist eine fünfte Figur, ein Kind, dessen Anwesenheit am Hafen diesen Tag bestimmt. "Ein Samstag in Sydney" ist ein tief berührender Roman über Liebe, Verlust und die Last der Vergangenheit. Das Buch ist auf den Shortlists für den Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2012 und den australischen Festival Award for Literature 2012 und auf der Longlist für die Australian Literary Society Gold Medal 2012

Dialogue And Creativity

Author: Miettinen, Reijo
Publisher: Lehmanns Media
ISBN: 386541673X
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Beschreibung: This book is a collection of papers in which cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT) is used to study science, technology and innovations. In the 16 chapters of the book an activity theoretical approach is developed through dialogue with the relevant theoretical approaches of science and technology studies, such as actor network theory, symbolic interactionism and Knorr-Cetinas's theory of objectual cultural practice. The book has three parts. The first one comprises empirical studies on creativity and change in research work and innovations. The cases studied include research groups in analytical chemistry, aerosol physics, biotechnology as well as innovations in medical technology by research-based firms. In making sense of the distributed creation, CHAT is put in dialogue with the systemic view of psychology of creativity, the systemic approach in history of technology as well as sociological theories of creativity. The second part compares systematically the similarities and differences between Deweyan pragmatism and CHAT, and shows how they can be used in a complementary way in empirical research. The third part evaluates actor network theory, constructivist conceptions of learning as well as the concept of routine largely used in organizational studies from the position of CHAT. In addition the concept 'object of activity' central in activity theory is discussed and elaborated in two chapters. The autor: Reijo Miettinen is Professor of Adult Education in the University of Helsinki and he was Vice director of the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research in 1995-2007.