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"Wet, in the mindscape of the dry: watertanks as nature/culture signifiers"

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Cranston, CA (2008) "Wet, in the mindscape of the dry: watertanks as nature/culture signifiers". In: Words on Water: Literary and Cultural Representations. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Bergstrasse, Germany, pp. 23-38. ISBN 978 3 86821 049 1

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Abstract

While the island continent of Australia engages in the geographical reality of water excess—ocean surrounds and endless beaches—the literary constructions of "Australia" move inland, to the outback, where landscape forms the mindcape of the Dry. An historical perception of water in Europe is as abundance. Australia on the other hand is earth's driest inhabited continent. Our (speaking as a European-descended Australian here) attitudes towards water are shaped by personal levels of engagement with food production, government policy, the discourse of science concerning the hydrological cycle and water transportation, and by popular culture, including visual and literary images. The chapter argues that the way water has been represented in texts and images has contributed to Australian ways of "seeing water." And that within Australia, European architectural traditions and aesthetics have contributed to a reluctance to harvest rainwater.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Ecocriticism: watertanks; literature; architecture; corrugated iron.
Publisher: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier
Page Range: pp. 23-38
Additional Information: © WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2008
Date Deposited: 31 May 2009 23:43
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:00
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8724
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