Locating Australian Literary Memory

Magner, B 2019, Locating Australian Literary Memory, Anthem Press, London, United Kingdom.

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Title Locating Australian Literary Memory
Author(s) Magner, B
Year 2019
Publisher Anthem Press
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Subjects Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Summary Locating Australian Literary Memory explores sites which are explicitly connected with Australian authors through material forms of commemoration such as writers houses, graves, statues and trails. The focus is on a selected group of notable heritage authors who have been celebrated through tangible memorials Adam Lindsay Gordon, Joseph Furphy, Henry Handel Richardson, Henry Lawson, A. B. Banjo Paterson, Nan Chauncy, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Eleanor Dark, P. L. Travers, Kylie Tennant and David Unaipon. Although inherited traditions have shaped local forms of literary memorialisation, some colourful, idiosyncratic rituals have evolved in the Australian context. Through the interweaving of Brigid Magners impressions of specific sites with biographical, literary and scholarly material, this book speculates on the intensities and attractions that underpin the preservation of literary places and the practices enacted within them. Key themes such as haunting, pilgrimage and nostalgia are drawn out from her discussion of these places in order to understand the fascination with literary places and the tensions and ambiguities associated with their perpetuation. Compared with attractions in Europe and the United States, Australian literary commemorations are relatively modest, with very few grand houses, reflecting the impoverishment of local authors as well as a tendency to celebrate their humble origins, a literary paradigm which has been described as the 'success of failure'. The book argues that literary places and the artefacts residing in them often tell us more about the memorialisers, and their rituals, than the authors themselves.
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Keyword(s) literary heritage
Australian literature
literary geographies
ISBN 9781785271076
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