‘Locating Australian Literary Memory’ explores sites which are explicitly connected with Australian authors through material forms of commemoration such as writers’ houses, graves, statues and trails. The focus is on a selected group of notable ‘heritage’ authors who have been celebrated through tangible memorials including Adam Lindsay Gordon, Henry Lawson, A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson, Joseph Furphy, Henry Handel Richardson, Nan Chauncy, Katharine Susannah Pritchard, Eleanor Dark and P. L Travers. Although inherited traditions have shaped local forms of literary memorialisation, some colourful, idiosyncratic rituals have evolved in the Australian context. ‘Locating Australian Literary Memory’ argues that literary places – and the artefacts residing in them – often tell us more about the memorialisers, and their rituals, than the authors themselves.
|Series:||Anthem Studies in Australian Literature and Culture|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Brigid Magner is senior lecturer in literary studies at RMIT University, Australia.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Chase the Writer?; 1. Adam Lindsay Gordon’s Grave; 2. Joseph Furphy in the Riverina; 3. Henry Handel Richardson and the Haunting of Lake View; 4. Henry Lawson Country; 5. A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s Many Birthplaces; 6. Nan Chauncy’s Sanctuary; 7. Living Memorials: The Houses of Eleanor Dark and Katharine Susannah Prichard; 8. P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins and a Handful of Statues; Conclusion: Towards a Mythic Geography of Literary Sites; Index.