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Writing Home explores the literary representation of Australian places by those who have walked them. In particular, it examines how Aboriginal and settler narratives of walking have shaped portrayals of Australia’s Red Centre and consequently ideas of nation and belonging.

Central Australia has long been characterised as a frontier, the supposed divide between black and white, ancient and modern. But persistently representing it in this way is preventing Australians from re-imagining this internationally significant region as home. Writing Home argues that the frontier no longer adequately describes Central Australia, and that the Aboriginal songlines make a significant but under-acknowledged contribution to Australian discourses of hybridity, belonging and home. Drawing on anthropology, cultural theory, journalism, politics and philosophy, the book traces shifting perceptions of Australian place and space since precolonial times, through six recounted walking journeys of the Red Centre.

Reviews

Brilliantly written and argued, Writing Home represents a vast labour of scholarship, research and original thought … will be a landmark in its field.

Dr Robert Macfarlane, Emmanuel College University of Cambridge

A strong addition not just to spatial theory, postcolonial theory, frontier theory and national identity construction, but also to Australian literature in general and Australian nationhood.

Associate Professor Rune Graulund, University of Southern Denmark

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  • Paperback

    9780522871005

    January 30, 2017

    MUP Academic

    348 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Hardback

    9780522871296

    January 30, 2017

    MUP Academic

    RRP $69.99

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  • EBook

    9780522871012

    January 30, 2017

    MUP Academic Digital

    316 pages

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