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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... 2021 Feeling the Land : Embodied Relations in Contemporary Aboriginal Fiction
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'Contemporary Aboriginal fiction frequently emphasises the significance of being interrelated with the land, or Country, which is often described as a bodily feeling. In this chapter, I draw on recent approaches to embodiment to explore the various ways in which novels by Kim Scott, Alexis Wright, and Tara June Winch convey a notion of feeling the land through embodied simulation. Examining a range of textual markers that evoke bodily reactions, I seek to show how Aboriginal fiction implicates the reader’s body to convey the vitality of the land and to potentially elicit moments of corporeal interconnectedness. This chapter shows that linking attention to form with cognitive approaches constitutes a helpful framework to explain the political and cultural work Aboriginal narratives do as literary interventions into current discourses about humanity’s relationship with the environment.'

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    y separately published work icon The Rise of the Australian Neurohumanities : Conversations Between Neurocognitive Research and Australian Literature Jean-François Vernay (editor), London : Routledge , 2021 21392095 2021 anthology criticism

    'This exciting one-of-a-kind volume brings together new contributions by geographically diverse authors who range from early career researchers to well-established scholars in the field.

    'It unprecedentedly showcases a wide variety of the latest research at the intersection of Australian literary studies and cognitive literary studies in a single volume.

    'It takes Australian fiction on the leading edge by paving the way for a new direction in Australian literary criticism.'

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    London : Routledge , 2021
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