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Writing the Australian Beach

Local Site, Global Idea

Editors: Ellison, Elizabeth, Brien, Donna Lee (Eds.)

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  • The first book in 15 years to examine creative and cultural representations of the Australian beach
  • Brings together ideas across creative and cultural disciplines to examine the beach through writing
  • One of very few to examine representations of the Australian beach in a variety of cultural forms (e.g. fiction, film, cookbooks)
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Writing the Australian Beach is the first book in fifteen years to explore creative and cultural representations of this iconic landscape, and how writers and scholars have attempted to understand and depict it. Although the content chiefly focuses on Australia, the beach as both a location and idea resonates deeply with readers around the world. This edited collection includes three sections. Forms of Beach Writing examines the history of beach writing in Australia and in a number of forms: screenwriting, social media writing, and food writing. In turn, Multiplicities of Australian Beach Writing examines how forms of writing—poetry, travel writing, horror film, and memoir—engage with some specific beaches in Australia. And, finally, Reading the Beach as a Text considers how the beach itself functions in cultural narratives: how we walk the beach; the revealing story of beach soccer; and the design and use of ocean baths. Given its scope, the collection offers a unique resource for scholars of Australian culture and creative writing, and for all those interested in Australian beaches. 

About the authors

Elizabeth Ellison is a Senior Lecturer of Creative Industries at Central Queensland University, Australia, with an ongoing interest in representation and the Australian beach. 

Donna Lee Brien is  Professor of Creative Industries at Central Queensland University, Australia. With an internationally recognised research profile in non-fiction genres, including memoir and food writing, she has an extensive publishing history as both author and editor with leading publishers.

Reviews

“A fascinating and informative insight into the primacy of the beach in the modern Australian landscape” (Robert Drewe, Author of The Bodysurfers, The Bay of Contented Men, The Rip and The True Colour of the Sea, Australia)

“A new volume on the beach and its unpredictability, on the multiplicity of its meanings, its uses, and its users, is timely … If the twentieth century stories about the Australian beach can be characterised by their hints of hedonism, exemplifications of community and family, and gestures toward natural and human threat, twenty-first century stories may afford something new: the opportunity to bring a fresh, and a more diverse, gaze onto the stories and myths of the beach.” (Jen Webb, Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice, University of Canberra)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Writing the Australian Beach: Texts, Sites, Events and People

    Pages 1-15

    Ellison, Elizabeth (et al.)

  • Surfers, Lifeguards and New Voices: A Short History of Beach Writing in Australia

    Pages 19-37

    Ellison, Elizabeth

  • Screenwriting the Beach: Conflict, Catharsis and the Character Arc in Australian Film

    Pages 39-56

    Batty, Craig (et al.)

  • Instafamous: Social Media Influencers and Australian Beaches

    Pages 57-70

    Kibby, Marjorie

  • Food Writing and the Australian Beach: From Leisure to Labour

    Pages 71-87

    Brien, Donna Lee

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-35264-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
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Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-35263-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing the Australian Beach
Book Subtitle
Local Site, Global Idea
Editors
  • Elizabeth Ellison
  • Donna Lee Brien
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35264-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35264-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35263-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 243
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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