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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Being-in-Landscape : A Heideggerian Reading of Landscape in Gerald Murnane’s Inland
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'This essay conducts a Heideggerian reading of landscape in Gerald Murnane’s most challenging novel, Inland (1988). More specifically, Heidegger’s notion of Being-in-the-world is used to illuminate the way Murnane’s characters understand their place in the landscape around them. It is contended that when the characters of Inland engage with the landscape around them they are enjoined to reflect on their position on the plane of Being, and that such ontological reflection ultimately leads to an appreciation of their Being-in-the-world. This contention is supported in the essay with a close reading of one particular passage from Inland in which a character has a powerful experience of the wind passing over the landscape. In conducting a Heideggerian reading of Inland, this essay departs from the existing secondary literature on the novel. Most notably, this essay offers an alternative ontological framework to those of Harald Fawkner and Imre Salusinszky, who respectively propose phenomenological and solipsistic interpretations of landscape in Inland.' (Publication abstract)


  • Epigraph:

    My books are mostly about landscapes, because for me the world is mostly made up of landscapes. If you handed me a book of philosophy, I’d end up thinking of it as a book of landscapes. –Gerald Murnane

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    y separately published work icon JASAL Country vol. 14 no. 3 2014 7916868 2014 periodical issue

    The BlackWords Symposium, held in October 2012, celebrated the fifth anniversary of the establishment of BlackWords, the AustLit-supported project recording information about, and research into, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers. The symposium showcased the exciting state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creative writing and storytelling across all forms, contemporary scholarship on Indigenous writing, alongside programs such as the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! project, which supports writers’ fellowships, editing mentorships, and a trainee editor program for professional development for Indigenous editors. But really, the event was a celebration of the sort of thinking, the sort of resistance, and the re-writing of history that is evident in the epigraph to this introduction. ' (Source: Kilner, Kerry and Minter, Peter, JASAL Vol 14. No. 3, 2014: 1)

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