Loving Europe : Charmian Clift, Peel Me a Lotus, and Australian women writing travel

Carson, Susan J. (2013) Loving Europe : Charmian Clift, Peel Me a Lotus, and Australian women writing travel. In Genoni , Paul & Dalziel, Tanya (Eds.) Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012. Monash University Publishing, Victoria, Australia, pp. 317-224.

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“There it went!—Our last little bit of capital, our going back to civilization money . . .” So Charmian Clift fretted when she watched her husband George Johnson hand over a large number of drachma notes to buy a house on the Greek Island of Hydra in 1956. Whereas today’s expatriates fly back and forth between home and away with ease, Clift’s commitment to Hydra meant that a return to Australia, “to civilization”, would always be difficult and perhaps impossible...

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Telling Stories
Australian Literary Cultures, 1935–2012

Edited by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziel

Telling Stories explores the interaction between literary culture and the public sphere in Australia, in a series of informative, witty, intelligent and thought-provoking essays. In doing so it unearths the fascinating and changing role that literature has played in Australia’s sporting, political, civic and cultural life.

The essays span many forms (fiction, memoir, letters, public lectures, theatre, cartoons, song) so that authors expressing themselves in very different ways and in different historical periods are heard in conversation for the first time. Accomplished writers and canonical texts share the pages with political milestones, cinematic breakthroughs, turning points in popular culture, largely forgotten novels and memorable musical and sporting moments, to provide a fresh, kaleidoscopic view of literary Australia.

Telling Stories follows a chronological structure from 1935 to 2012, with each year (more or less) being represented with an entry (or two).

ISBN: 978-1-921867-46-0 (print); 978-1-921867-47-7 (online)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013
Copyright of the individual papers is held by the individual authors.
Copyright of the collection is held by the editors.
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved. Apart from any uses permitted by Australia's Copyright Act 1968, no part of this book may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the copyright owners. Inquiries should be directed to the publisher.
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