Imagined Landscapes

Imagined Landscapes

Geovisualizing Australian Spatial Narratives
Jane Stadler, Peta Mitchell and Stephen Carleton
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/21/2015
Format: Paperback 11 b&w illus., 14 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-01845-8
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Imagined Landscapes teams geocritical analysis with digital visualization techniques to map and interrogate films, novels, and plays in which space and place figure prominently. Drawing upon A Cultural Atlas of Australia, a database-driven interactive digital map that can be used to identify patterns of representation in Australia’s cultural landscape, the book presents an integrated perspective on the translation of space across narrative forms and pioneers new ways of seeing and understanding landscape. It offers fresh insights on cultural topography and spatial history by examining the technical and conceptual challenges of georeferencing fictional and fictionalized places in narratives. Among the items discussed are Wake in Fright, a novel by Kenneth Cook, adapted iconically to the screen and recently onto the stage; the Australian North as a mythic space; spatial and temporal narrative shifts in retellings of the story of Alexander Pearce, a convict who gained notoriety for resorting to cannibalism after escaping from a remote Tasmanian penal colony; travel narratives and road movies set in Western Australia; and the challenges and spatial politics of mapping spaces for which there are no coordinates.

Author Bio

Jane Stadler is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland, Australia.


“It will likely be the indispensable touchstone for any future work in these areas with respect to Australian cultural studies.”
 — Robert T. Tally, Texas State University

“Definitely original in its approach, since it combines a conceptual approach with a more applied one. The book is a serious contribution to the field of mapping spatial narratives and to a better understanding of the production and spatial structure of fictional places.”
 — Sébastien Caquard, Concordia University

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Geocriticism’s Disciplinary Boundaries
1. Remediating Space: Adaptation and Narrative Geography
2. Cultural Topography and Mythic Space: Australia’s North as Gothic Space
3. Spatial History: Mapping Narrative Perceptions of Place over Time
4. Mobility and Travel Narratives: Geovisualizing the Cultural Politics of Belonging to the Land
5. Terra Incognita: Mapping the Uncertain and the Unknown

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