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Nature and Psyche: Nature imagery and the depiction of consciousness in Australian novels of the 20th century

  • Mental processes are filters which intervene in the literary presentation of nature. This article will take you on a journey through literary landscapes, starting from Joseph Furphy and end-ing with Gerald Murnane. It will try to show the development of Australian literary landscape depiction. The investigation of this extensive topic will show that the perception of the Aus-tralian landscape as foreign and threatening is a coded expression of the protagonists" crisis of identity due to their estrangement from European cultural roots. Only a feeling of being at home enables the characters to perceive landscapes in a positive way and allows the author to depict intimate and familiar views of nature. This topic will be investigated with a range of novels to reveal the development of this theme from the turn of the nineteenth century (the time of Furphy- novel Such is Life) up to the present (i.e. novels by Malouf, Foster, Hall, Murnane).
  • Der Aufsatz zeigt die Entwicklung von englischer Naturbildlichkeit und der gespiegelten Bewußtseinsdarstellung von Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts (Henry Handel Richardson, Joseph Furphy) bis heute. Der Aufsatz basiert auf einer Publikation der Autorin mit dem Titel: Nature und Psyche. Erschienen im Lit-Verlag Hamburg.

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Author:Susanne Braun-Bau
Document Type:Article
Date of completion:2007/06/19
Publishing institution:Universität Trier
Release Date:2007/06/19
Tag:Austalischer Busch; David Malouf; Moderner Roman; Naturbilder; Patrick White
Australian bush; David Malour; Patrick White; nature imagery; novel of the 20th century; stream of consciousness
GND Keyword:Aborigines; Australien; Australienforschung; Blaue Berge <Australien>; Buschballade; Nordterritorium <Australien>; Stream of; Zentralaustralien
Contributor:Platz, Norbert
Institutes:Fachbereich 2 / Anglistik
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik

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