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Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 Under the Mountains and Beside a Creek : Robert Gray and the Shepherding of Antipodean Being
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This chapter explores the agricultural and literary metaphors of pastoralism; it takes a traditional ecocritical approach, focussing on how the land has affected the poet and his writing. In Australia, whose economy has so long depended on the pastoral industry, there has developed a different kind of pastoral poetry, exemplified by the poetry of Robert Gray. Drawing on his experience of the North Coat of New South Wales, Grays poetry has matured as he has become an exemplar of what Martin Heidegger terms the 'shepherd of being'. from The Littoral Zone.

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    y separately published work icon The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers C. A. Cranston (editor), Robert Zeller (editor), Amsterdam : Rodopi , 2007 Z1422293 2007 anthology criticism

    'In this, the first collection of ecocritical essays devoted to Australian contexts and their writers, Australian and US scholars explore the transliteration of land and sea through the works of Australian authors and through their own experiences. The littoral zone is the starting point in this fresh approach to reading literature organised around the natural environment - rainforest, desert, mountains, coast, islands, Antarctica. There's the beach, where sexual and spiritual crises occur; the Western Australian wheatbelt; deserts, camel trekking, and the transformation of a salt flat into an inland island; New Age literature that 'appropriates' Aboriginal culture as the healing poultice for an ailing West; a re-examination of pastoralism; an inquiry into whether Judith Wright's work can "persuade us to rejoice" in the world; the Limestone Plains, home of the bush capital and the bogong moth; tropical North Queensland; national parks where "the mountains meet the sea"; temperate islands, with their history of sealing, Soldier Settlement, and sea country pastoral; and Antarctica, where a utopian vision gives way to an emphasis on its 'timeless' icescape as minimalist backdrop for human dramas. The author-terrain includes poets, playwrights, novelists, and non-fiction writers across the range of contexts constituting the littoral zone of 'Australia'.'

    Source: Rodopi website,
    Sighted: 28/08/2007

    Amsterdam : Rodopi , 2007
    pg. 123-143
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