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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The Literary Destruction of Canberra : Utopia, Apocalypse and the National Capital
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The article examines the contradictory responses to the national capital in the Australian imagination: planned along utopian lines, Canberra has been seen as a failed utopia, a city 'widely unloved and often derided as the most un-Australian of Australian cities' (78). In seeking to understand this tension, the article examines the literary representation of the capital in some fictional narratives in which 'Canberra is literally or symbolically destroyed', above all in works by McGahan and Halligan.

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Subjects:
  • Underground Andrew McGahan , 2006 single work novel
  • The Point Marion Halligan , 2003 single work novel
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,
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