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Discusses some of Koch's novels with focus on the notion of crossing boundaries and entering new spaces, where transformation of identities is possible. Using sea travel and the sea wall as a boundary which serves to prevent a crossing, the novels focus on liminal spaces, but the transformative potential of such liminal spaces is rarely fulfilled. The notion of 'crossing over' 'serves to help understand Koch's fiction as a unified body of work' (231), representing a coherent vision despite shifts in focus and emphasis.

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    y separately published work icon Something Rich and Strange : Sea Changes, Beaches and the Littoral in the Antipodes Sue Hosking (editor), Rick Hosking (editor), Rebecca Pannell (editor), Nena Bierbaum (editor), Adelaide : Wakefield Press , 2009 Z1686664 2009 anthology criticism poetry Beaches are places of contact, play, confrontation and friction: first comers always arrive on a beach. After Europeans moved into the Antipodes, the coast was the first frontier to be defined. Flinders’ circumnavigation in 1802 had mapped ‘Australia’, revealing the land as ‘girt by sea’, as the national anthem continues to remind us. All kinds of ideas about the coast, beaches, sea changes, holiday places and islands swirl and eddy in this unique collection of writing. (Publisher's website) Adelaide : Wakefield Press , 2009 pg. 224-231
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