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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Spun from Four Horizons : Re-Writing the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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'The Sydney Harbour Bridge provides an imaginative space that is revisited by Australian writers in particular ways. In this space, novelists, poets, and cultural historians negotiate questions of emotional and psychological transformation as well as reflect on social and environmental change in the city of Sydney. The writerly tensions that mark these accounts often alter, or query, representations of the Bridge as a symbol of material progress and demonstrate a complex creative engagement with the Bridge. This discussion of 'the Bridge' focuses on the work of four authors, Eleanor Dark, P.R. Stephensen, Peter Carey and Vicki Hastrich and includes a range of other fictional and non-fictional accounts of 'Bridge-writing.' The ideas proffered are framed by a theorising of space, especially referencing the work of Michel de Certeau, whose writing on the spatial ambiguity of a bridge is important to the examination of the diverse ways in which Australian writers have engaged with the imaginative potential and almost mythic resonance of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.' (p. 417)

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417-429 Spun from Four Horizons : Re-Writing the Sydney Harbour Bridgesmall AustLit logo Journal of Australian Studies
  • Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales,
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