Text, Theory, Space: Land, Literature and History in South Africa and Australia

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1996-10-10
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Text, Theory, Spaceis a landmark in post-colonial criticism and theory. Focusing on two white settler societies--South Africa and Australia--the contributors investigate the meaning of "the South" as an aesthetic, political, geographical and cultural space. Drawing upon a wide range of disciplines, the contributors examine crucial issues such as: defining what "The South" encompasses; investigating ideas of claiming, naming and possessing land; national and personal boundaries; and questions of race, gender and nationalism.

Table of Contents

Biographical notes
Defining the South
Paul Carter Turning the Tables - or, Grounding Post-colonialism
David Bunn Comparative Barbarism: Game Reserves, Sugar Plantations, and the Modernization of South African Landscape
Kerryn Goldsworthy The Voyage South: Writing Immigration
Gillian Whitlock A 'White Souled State': Across the 'South' with Lady Barker
Claiming Lands, Creating Identites, Making Nations
Michelle Adler 'Skirting the edges of civilization': Two Victorian Women Travellers and 'colinial spaces' in South Africa
Kate Darian-Smith 'Rescuing' Barbara Thompson and other White Women: Captivity Narratives on Australian Frontiers
Liz Gunner Names and the Land: Poetry of Belonging and Unbelonging, a Comparative Approach
Sue Rowley Imagination, Madness and Nation in Australian Bush Mythology
Nhlanhla Maake Inscribing Identity on the Landscape: National Symbols in South Africa
Terence Ranger Great Spaces Washed with Sun: the Matopos and Uluru compared
Tony Birch 'A Land so inviting and still without inhabitants': Erasing Koori Culture from (post) colonial Landscapes
Borders, Boundaries, Open Spaces
Abner Nyamende Martha has no Land: the Tragedy of Identity in The Marabi Dance
Sophie Watson Spaces of the 'Other': Planning for Cultural Diversity in Western Sydney
Sarah Nuttall Flatness and Fantasy: Land Images in Two Recent South African Novels
Dorothy Driver Drum Magazine (1951-59) and the Spatical Configurations of Gender
Rob Nixon Rural Transnationalism: Bessie Head's Southern Spaces
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