Words for Country: Landscape and Language in Australia

Words for Country: Landscape and Language in Australia


By (author) Tim Bonyhady, By (author) Tom Griffiths

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  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 235mm x 21mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 0868406287
  • ISBN 13: 9780868406282
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Illustrated
  • Illustrations note: 20 maps
  • Sales rank: 476,263

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Stories and phrases can powerfully shape the ways in which we experience and manage our environment. What languages have been used to characterize Australian landscapes and how have they influenced the way we see and treat our environment? This work answers this question and more, while exploring the inter-relationship between Australia's landscape and language. It covers a collection of essays whose subjects range from the Ord River in the far north-west to Antarctica in the south, from the centre to the coast, the prehistoric to the present. Its terrain is both environmental and cultural, political and poetic.

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Author information

Tim Bonyhady is an art historian and environmental lawyer whose books include Places Worth Keeping and The Colonial Earth. Tom Griffiths is a cultural and environmental historian whose books include Hunters and Collectors and Secrets of the Forest. They are both senior fellows at the Australian National University in Canberra where they worked together on their acclaimed Prehistory to Politics: John Mulvaney, the Humanities and the Public Intellectual.

Table of contents

landscape And Language, Tim Bonyhady And Tom Griffiths; Lubra Creek, Rebe Taylor; The River Runs Backwards - The Language Of Order And Disorder On The Darling's Northern Flood Plain, Heather Goodall; Let Nature Take Its Course - Affectionate Regard For A Despoliated Landscape, P.R. Hay; Scarcely Any Water On Its Surface - Immersing An Anomalous Country, Kirsty Douglas; Everyone I Know Who Has Done A Tree Sit Says The Tree Talks To You..., Nicholas Brown; The Spirit Of The Plains Kangaroo - The Politics Of Landscape In Northern Australia, H The Graveyard Of A Century - The Antarctic Wilderness, Brigid Hains; So Much For A Name, Tim Bonyhady; Blackfellow Oven Roads, Paul Sinclair; The Ends Of The Earth - Mount Druitt And Inala; Natural Beauty Man-Made - A Lexical Cartography Of The Ord River, Jay Arthur; Uluru, Michael Cathcart; The Outside Country, Tom Griffiths; It's Only Words, George Seddon.