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'Muecke discusses the cultural representation of the Australian landscape. Australian landscape is the wide brown land of Dorothea McKellar's famous poem gathered and brought into the orbit of perception: framed as a landscape painting or photograph, conceived of as a suitable site for building, or captured as a moving image in the cinema.' (Publisher's abstract)


  • Epigraph: Landscape is a medium of exchange between the human and the natural, the self and the other. As such, it is like money: good for nothing in itself, but expressive of a limitless reserve of value. - W.J.T. Mitchell

    Nietzsche wrote that truth approaches on the legs of a dove. Let us make ourselves sick the way Proust did, or let us all fall truly in love, just enough to listen to the doves landing silently. In this condition, Cezanne remains motionless while his sight endlessly scans the Montaigne. Sainte Victoire, waiting for the emergence of what he called "small sensations" which are the pure occurrences of unexpected colors. -Jean-Francois Lyotard

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    y separately published work icon Kenyon Review vol. 25 no. 3/4 Summer 2003 Z1887092 2003 periodical issue 2003 pg. 282-300
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