Hysterical Landscape: Louis Nowra's 'Inside the Island'

Makeham, Paul B. (1999) Hysterical Landscape: Louis Nowra's 'Inside the Island'. In Gilbert, Helen (Ed.) (Post)Colonial Stages: Critical & Creative Views on Drama, Theatre & Performance. Dangaroo Press, Hebden Bridge, pp. 201-211.


Louis Nowra's fascination with the physical landscape, and its relation to the interior psychological landscape, has been less evident in his most recent work, in which interior settings feature more prominently than in his plays of the 70s and 80s. One of these earlier works, 'Inside the Island' (1980), depends centrally on a transition from interior to exterior locations, tracing a broad movement from a domestic interior to an external rural landscape. Landscape is constructed in this work as the centre of a complex signifying field, such that its representation brings together a range of other discourses concerning the human body, empire, gender and writing. This complexity of landscape representation, however, also leads to a number of tensions within the play as a whole. For in condemning the colonialist project in Australia, the play also re-inscribes, through landscape, the nature/culture dichotomy which has historically sustained colonialism.

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ID Code: 5381
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please contact the author. Author contact details : p.makeham@qut.edu.au
Keywords: ergot, Australian landscape, Australian drama, Gallipoli, hysteria
ISBN: 1871049539
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Dangaroo Press
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2011 06:17

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