Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture, 1901-1939

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2001 - Art - 292 pages
A cultural history based on early twentieth-century Australian art Ghost Nationexplores early modernism through the work of painters, photographers and architects of the age. These include- May Gibbs, Norman Lindsay, Grace Cossington Smith, Harold Cazneaux, and Walter and Marion Griffin. In what Meagan Morris described as "a historically persuasive framework for understanding Australian modernism" Duggan considers a plurality of images, not as separate entities as former examinations have done. Here these images ghost each other within time to provide an understanding of interdependence and discontinuity in the construction of a twentieth century visual culture. Included is a section of paintings and photographs by the artists featured.
 

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Contents

A Floating World
1
The Barbary Coast
16
Economies of Scale
35
The road to Hyperborea
55
New and old dreams
71
Colour music and other displacements
100
The hallucinatory city
118
Rome or Naples?
127
A sort of mythical thing
158
the Wizards of Castlecrag
173
Interiors 1
195
Interiors 2 276
216
Notes
232
Bibliography
261
Index
281
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