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Spun from four horizons : re-writing the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Carson, Susan Jane (2009) Spun from four horizons : re-writing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Journal of Australian Studies, 33(4), pp. 417-430.

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Abstract

The Sydney Harbour Bridge provides an imaginative space that is revisited by Australian writers in particular ways. In this space novelists, poets, and cultural historians negotiate questions of emotional and psychological transformation as well as reflect on social and environmental change in the city of Sydney. The writerly tensions that mark these accounts often alter, or query, representations of the Bridge as a symbol of material progress and demonstrate a complex creative engagement with the Bridge. This discussion of ‘the Bridge’ focuses on the work of four authors, Eleanor Dark, P.R. Stephensen, Peter Carey and Vicki Hastrich and includes a range of other fictional and non-fictional accounts of ‘Bridge-writing.’ The ideas proffered are framed by a theorising of space, especially referencing the work of Michel de Certeau, whose writing on the spatial ambiguity of a bridge is important to the examination of the diverse ways in which Australian writers have engaged with the imaginative potential and almost mythic resonance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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ID Code: 30965
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australian literature, spatial studies, water , harbour
DOI: 10.1080/14443050903308659
ISSN: 1444-3058
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2010 10:05
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:05

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