Cyclone Country

The Language of Place and Disaster in Australian Literature

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About the Book

The storm has become a universal trope in the literature of crisis, revelation and transformation. It can function as a trope of place, of apocalypse and epiphany, of cultural mythos and story, and of people and spirituality.

This book explores the connections between people, place and environment through the image of cyclones within fiction and poetry from the Australian state of Queensland, the northern coast of which is characterized by these devastating storms. Analyzing a range of works including Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria, Patrick White’s The Eye of the Storm, and Vance Palmer’s Cyclone it explains the cyclone in the Queensland literary imagination as an example of a cultural response to weather in a unique regional place. It also situates the cyclones that appear in Queensland literature within the broader global context of literary cyclones.

About the Author(s)

Chrystopher J. Spicer has written extensively about Australian and American film and history. He teaches writing and communication at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.

Bibliographic Details

Chrystopher J. Spicer
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8156-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4050-1
Imprint: McFarland