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

Imagined Landscapes: Geovisualizing Australian Spatial Narratives

Jane Stadler, Peta Mitchell, and Stephen Carleton
University 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
Terra Incognita: Mapping the Uncertain and the Unknown