Fiction as a form of change : a paper overview of a literature panel discussion

Archer-Lean, Clare, Carson, Susan J., & Hawkes, Lesley (2013) Fiction as a form of change : a paper overview of a literature panel discussion. In Davis, Susan (Ed.) Future Nature Future Cultures, Noosa Biosphere Limited and Central Queensland University, Noosa, QLD, pp. 29-36.

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It is well established that literary work can promote insights that result in future change, whether on a personal or an institutional level. As Umberto Eco (1989) notes, the act of reading does not stop with the artist but continues into the work of communities. The papers delivered in this panel consider the regenerative role of literature within culture, arguing that the special properties of literature can convey an important sense of nature (Bateson 1973, Zapf 2008). These concepts are discussed in relation to writing about Australian flora and fauna. Using an ecocritical focus based on ideas about the relationship between literature and the environment the paper considers Australian works and the way in which literature enlivens this complex intersection between humans, animals and the environment. This engagement is investigated through three modes: the philosophical, the literary, and the practical. The novels discussed include Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria, Richard Flanagan’s Wanting, and Sonya Hartnett’s Forest, as well as a range of fictional and non-fictional works that describe the Blue Mountains region in New South Wales. The paper closes with a discussion of the role of story-telling as a way of introducing the public to specific environmental locations and issues.

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ID Code: 66282
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australian Literature, environment, change, Literary tourism, culture
ISBN: 9781921047732
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 For each article remains with the author/s
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2014 22:30
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 14:43

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