[Iag-list] book reviewer needed: Imagined Landscapes: Geovisualizing Australian Spatial Narratives

Brendan Whyte obiwonfive at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 5 14:52:00 AEST 2016

The Globe, journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society is seeking a reviewer for the following new book.
If you would like to review it for us, please contact me offlist.

Brendan Whyte, editor, The Globe
bwhyte at nla.gov.au

Imagined Landscapes: Geovisualizing Australian Spatial NarrativesJane Stadler, Peta Mitchell, and Stephen CarletonSeries: The Spatial HumanitiesUniversity of Indiana Press, Bloomington, Ind., 2016
paperback 238 pages, 11 b&w illus., 14 maps
6" x 9"ISBN: 978-0-253-01845-8
Imagined Landscapes
 teams geocritical analysis with digital visualization techniques to map
 and interrogate films, novels, and plays in which space and place 
figure prominently. Drawing upon A Cultural Atlas of Australia,
 a database-driven interactive digital map that can be used to identify 
patterns of representation in Australia’s cultural landscape, the book 
presents an integrated perspective on the translation of space across 
narrative forms and pioneers new ways of seeing and understanding 
landscape. It offers fresh insights on cultural topography and spatial 
history by examining the technical and conceptual challenges of 
georeferencing fictional and fictionalized places in narratives. Among 
the items discussed are Wake in Fright,
 a novel by Kenneth Cook, adapted iconically to the screen and recently 
onto the stage; the Australian North as a mythic space; spatial and 
temporal narrative shifts in retellings of the story of Alexander 
Pearce, a convict who gained notoriety for resorting to cannibalism 
after escaping from a remote Tasmanian penal colony; travel narratives 
and road movies set in Western Australia; and the challenges and spatial
 politics of mapping spaces for which there are no coordinates.

Introduction: Geocriticism’s Disciplinary Boundaries
1. Remediating Space: Adaptation and Narrative Geography
2. Cultural Topography and Mythic Space: Australia’s North as Gothic Space
3. Spatial History: Mapping Narrative Perceptions of Place over Time
4. Mobility and Travel Narratives: Geovisualizing the Cultural Politics of Belonging to the Land
5. Terra Incognita: Mapping the Uncertain and the Unknown
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