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Imagining the Antipodes : Culture, Theory and the Visual in the Work of Bernard Smith - Peter Beilharz

Imagining the Antipodes

Culture, Theory and the Visual in the Work of Bernard Smith

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Bernard Smith is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading intellectuals. Yet the recognition of his work has been partial, focused on art history and anthropology. Peter Beilharz argues that Smith's work also contains a social theory, or a way of thinking about Australian culture and identity in the world system. Smith enables us to think matters of place and cultural imperialism through the image of being not Australian so much as antipodean. Australian identities are constructed by the relationship between core and periphery, making them both European and Other at the same time. This is the first book-length analysis of Bernard Smith's work and is the result of careful and systematic research into Smith's published works and his private papers. It is both an introduction to Smith's thinking and an important interpretive argument about imperialism and the antipodes.

'In writing Imagining the Antipodes, Peter Beilharz has had access to both Smith's unpublished papers and to the man himself. It is the first study of Smith's achievement and as such is certainly worthwhile.' The Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
Beginnings
Encountering art in Australia
Imagining the Pacific
The Antipodean manifesto
Death of the hero as artist
Modernity, history and postmodernity
Conclusions - imagining the Antipodes
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ISBN: 9780521583558
ISBN-10: 0521583551
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 9th October 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.48