Redrawing the Map : An Interdisciplinary Geocritical Approach to Australian Cultural Narratives

Mitchell, Peta & Stadler, Jane (2011) Redrawing the Map : An Interdisciplinary Geocritical Approach to Australian Cultural Narratives. In Tally, Robert T. (Ed.) Geocritical explorations : space, place, and mapping in literary and cultural studies. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 47-62.

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Abstract

In this chapter we seek to interrogate the methods and assumptions underpinning geocriticism by engaging with and reframing dominant ways of analysing mediated representations of Australian space in cultural narratives, specifically film, literature, and theatre. What, we ask, might geocriticism contribute to the analysis of Australian texts in which location figures prominently? We argue a geocritical approach may provide an interdisciplinary framework that offers a way of identifying tropes across geographic regions and across media representations. Drawing on scholarship spanning Australian cinematic, literary and theatrical narratives, this chapter surveys published work in the field and posits that a refined geocritical mapping and analysis of the cultural terrain foregrounds the significance of geography to culture and draws different traditions of spatial enquiry into dialogue without privileging any particular textual form. We conclude by scoping possibilities for future research emerging from recent technological developments in interactive online cartography.

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ID Code: 69220
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Classified as B1 for 2011 HERDC
Keywords: Australian film, Australian literature, geocriticism, digital narrative mapping, neogeography
ISBN: 9780230120808
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Cinema Studies (190201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Palgrave Macmillan
Deposited On: 26 Mar 2014 23:18
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 15:57

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