Date of Award

1-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Andrew Taylor

Abstract

This thesis is composed of two parts. Part one is a volume of essays, commentaries, and manifesto pieces that investigate the relationship between literary tropes of landscape, such as pastoral and “nature writing”, and the development of a poetics of landscape writing. The issue of "self" and the relationship the individual might have with specific place, is examined from angles as seemingly disparate as using; a manual Olivetti Letter 32 typewriter for drafting, the ethics of anthologizing place as nation, text on the world wide web, the process of writing and ageing, being struck by lightening as a child, and the effects of herbicide and pesticide usage.

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