Undulating Separate: Locality and Nation in the Poetries of John Anderson and Lisa Bellear

Cassidy, B 2018, 'Undulating Separate: Locality and Nation in the Poetries of John Anderson and Lisa Bellear', Journal for the Association of the Study of Australian Literature, vol. 2, no. 18, pp. 1-11.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Undulating Separate: Locality and Nation in the Poetries of John Anderson and Lisa Bellear
Author(s) Cassidy, B
Year 2018
Journal name Journal for the Association of the Study of Australian Literature
Volume number 2
Issue number 18
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Abstract In 1995 a 'new nationalism' was being activated in the culture: what Anne Brewster terms a 'new political imaginary' that, 'positions indigenous and non-indigenous people in a space of co-existence and co-habitation, where hierarchy is replaced with a sense of the coevalness of contemporary indigenous and non-indigenous modernisms'. A significant example of this is John Anderson's long poem, 'the forest set out like the night'. Between the terms of Keating and Howard there emerged a constant public discourse about cultural identity. Alongside Anderson's long poem, Lisa Bellear's collection of poems, 'Dreaming in Urban Areas' stands out as a voice of its moment. Published the year of Howard's election win and also partly written from the seat of Wills, Bellear's urgent lyric seems to writhe against the white construct of the page. Brewster comments on this dynamic as a, 'process of denaturalising or defamiliarising whiteness,' an effect that begs comparison with Anderson's postcolonial outlook.
Subject Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature
Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Keyword(s) Australian literature
poetry
Aboriginal literature
ecopoetics
Australian politics
ISSN 1833-6027
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