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Seeking the centre : the Australian Desert in literature, art and film

Author: Roslynn D Haynes
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, US : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The desert - simultaneously alluring and repellent - has a hypnotic presence in Australian culture. The 'Centre' is distant and unknown to most Australians, yet has become a symbol of the country, most recently being promoted as a site for eco-tourism, new age enlightenment, environmental renewal and racial reconciliation. This book reveals the singular impact that the desert, both geographical and metaphorical, has  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roslynn D Haynes
ISBN: 0521571111 9780521571111
OCLC Number: 39210120
Description: xvi, 347 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Some facts about Australian deserts --
1. The land is a map: the Aboriginal relationship with the desert --
2. Forms, images, imaginings: European myths of the desert --
3. The 'hideous blank': imperatives for discovery --
4. Geography is never innocent: or, what the explorers wrote into the landscape --
5. Perspectives on the desert: the art of exploration --
6. 'On the tracts of thirst and furnace': dead explorers and national identity --
7. Ripping yarns at the outpost of empire: the desert as adventure --
8. From dead heart to red centre: tales of travel and reefs of gold --
9. Seeing red: from topography to imagery --
10. A Gothic desert: psychodrama in fiction and film --
11. Revisioning the explorers: figures of the subconscious --
12. Transforming myths: retelling the exploration stories --
13. Seeing through biology: evolution and ecology of the desert --
14. Self-image, environmentalism and renewal: the desert in the Age of Aquarius --
15. The art of cultural encounter.
Responsibility: Roslynn D. Haynes.
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