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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.

Ein Samstag In Sydney

Author: Gail Jones
Publisher: Edition Nautilus
ISBN: 396054149X
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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


Author: H. Heine
Publisher: Рипол Классик
ISBN: 5876273112
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How To Be Good

Author: Nick Hornby
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462306529
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Katies Seitensprung ist eigentlich nicht das Problem, auch wenn sie ihrem Mann spontan einen Scheidungsantrag macht, der nicht angenommen wird. David, ein frustrierter unveröffentlichter Schriftsteller, hält das Banner der Familie hoch, zu deren Unterhalt er nur bescheiden mit giftigen Zeitungskolumnen beiträgt. Aber immerhin ist er ein recht ordentlicher Hausmann und ein eingespielter Ehepartner. Katies großes Problem ist DJ GoodNews. Der moraltriefende Heiler mit dem exotischen Augenbrauenpiercing und unbestreitbaren Heilerfolgen zieht zu Katie und David und krempelt die Familie um.