Branding Melbourne : re-imagining the landscape through Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap (2008)

Holliday, Penny (2011) Branding Melbourne : re-imagining the landscape through Christos Tsiolkas’ The Slap (2008). In Royal Geographical Society with IGB Annual Conference 2011 : The Geographical Imagination, 31 August - 2 September 2011, London. (Unpublished)

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In this paper I am focusing on one aspect of what Henri Lefebvre first termed the espace vecu “the fully lived space” (Soja 1999); and that aspect of space which exists within the geographical imagination. Building upon Lefebvre’s ideas Edward Soja acknowledges that “lived cities are never completely knowable” (1999) although in this paper I argue that often a fictional city is much more complex and diverse, much more revealing of the practices of everyday life than the homogenised concept often put forward in public discourses. Recent Melbourne fiction opens out this complexity, destabilizing public policy-making to reveal a socially diverse suburban landscape occupying both planned and organic spaces.

The text that will be analysed in relation to this year’s conference theme The Geographical Imagination is a fictional text situated in Melbourne called The Slap that was written by Christos Tsiolkas in 2008.

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ID Code: 67962
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas, Melbourne Fiction, Suburb, Thirdspace, Fully Lived Space
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
Divisions: Current > Schools > Creative Writing & Literary Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Please consult the author
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2014 01:33
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 17:22

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