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Vanessa Berry’s Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections


Blackwood, G, Vanessa Berry's Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections, Overland, (16 November 2017) ISSN 0030-7416 (2017) [Review Single Work]

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Vanessa Berry’s new book Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections (Giramondo, 2017) is a travel guidebook of sorts: writing on Sydney that outlines overlooked places far distant to the dazzling tourist promenades that appear in The Lonely Planet and other popular collections. But this highly rewarding collection of essays (with accompanying illustrations) also transcends the panegyrical tone of much city writing, managing to examine the confronting politics of urban space while also thoughtfully re-imagining the contemporary act of memoir-writing. As the title transparently intimates, this is a book that reflects in a philosophical sense as well as ‘through the looking glass’.

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Item Type:Review Single Work
Keywords:psychogeography, Australian literature, cultural geography, urban studies, travel writing
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Blackwood, G (Dr Gemma Blackwood)
ID Code:130779
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-02-12
Last Modified:2019-02-12

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