PhD Macquarie University 2015 Pages: 331

Songlines and fault lines : six walks that shaped a nation

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In this thesis I argue that persistently representing Central Australia as a frontier prevents Australians from reimagining it as home. Reading for representations of frontier and home, I undertake a critical analysis of six walking narratives that together model place as a palimpsest, thereby articulating a discontinuous history of the Centre's contested spaces since the precolonial era. For the first time, prominent recounted journeys by settler journalists, travel writers and anthropologists are examined alongside an Aboriginal Dreamtime journey along a songline. The comparative and cross-cultural analysis of the texts draw on their shared foundation of walking and writing as means of place-making.

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