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Seeking the Centre: The Australian Desert in Literature, Art and Film


Haynes, RD, Seeking the Centre: The Australian Desert in Literature, Art and Film, Cambridge University Press, United States, pp. 364. ISBN 9780521571111 (1999) [Authored Research Book]


This is a book about the Australian desert and its central impact on Australian culture, from traditional Aboriginal art to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Starting with the Aboriginal understanding of the spiritual significance of the desert, it traces the attempts of the early colonists to conquer this alien space; the changing estimate of the inland explorers in fiction and art as heroes, failures, or psychological studies of obsession; the rediscovery of the desert in the twentieth century by travelers, artists, novelists, photographers and film makers; its interest for ecotourism and as a spiritual experience.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:literature, culture, Australia, film
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Communication and media studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Haynes, RD (Dr Roslynn Haynes)
ID Code:121747
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-10-12
Last Modified:2017-10-12

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