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Text, Theory, Space

Land, Literature and History in South Africa and Australia, 1st Edition

Edited by Kate Darian-Smith, Liz Gunner, Sarah Nuttall


280 pages

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Text, Theory, Space is a landmark in post-colonial criticism and theory. Focusing on two white settler societies, South Africa and Australia, the contributors investigate the meaning of 'the South' as an aesthetic, political, geographical and cultural space.

Drawing upon a wide range of disciplines which include literature, history, urban and cultural geography, politics and anthropology, the contributors examine crucial issues including:

* defining what 'the South' encompasses

* investigating ideas of space, history, land and landscape

* claiming, naming and possessing land

* national and personal boundaries

* questions of race, gender and nationalism


'The sixteen essays … demonstrate interdisciplinary study at its best.' - Times Literary Supplement

'As its subtitle implies, this important collection pf essays embarks on a comparative exercise, namely to bring questions of Australian and South African literature and history into a comparative dialogue. Such a comparative undertaking has seldom been attempted before. By opening up the possibility for such 'interlocking conversations' this book is a pioneer in what should become an important and burgeoning field of research.' - SOAS Bulletin, Vol. 61, No. 2, 1998

'Here is a genuinely provocative and courageous analysis…' - Nations and Nationalism

' … rich in detail and diversity and highly informative.' - Ecumene

'an enormously pleasurable and rewarding collection of essays' - Interventions

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