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'A Place of Ideals in Conflict': Images of Antarctica in Australian Literature


Leane, E, 'A Place of Ideals in Conflict': Images of Antarctica in Australian Literature, The Littoral Zone: Australian Contexts and Their Writers, Rodopi, CA. Cranston and Robert Zeller (ed), Amsterdam, pp. 261-289. ISBN 978-90-420-2218-8 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter examines Australian literature (poetry, fiction, and plays) dealing with Antarctica, focussing on each text's engagement with the Antarctic environment and the debates surrounding it. Beginning with two late nineteenth.century Antarctic utopias, the survey moves through the work of well-known writers such as Douglas Stewart and Thomas Keneally in the mid-century to more recent writing by Dorothy Porter, Les Murray, Caroline Caddy and others. Less familiar material, such as poetry by Antarctic expeditioners themselves, is also discussed. The essay traces a rough progression in Australian representation of the far southern environment, from an initial utopian approach to an emphasis on its stark, 'timeless' icescape as a minimalist backdrop for human dramas to an appreciation of its changeability, complexity, and fragility.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
ID Code:49869
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-08-03
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