Australia: An Inescapable Cultural Paradigm? Cross- and Transcultural Elements in Tim Winton’s Fiction

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Tomasz Gadzina

Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia (JEASA), Vol.7 No.2, 2016.

 

Tomasz Gadzina

Australia: An Inescapable Cultural Paradigm? Cross- and Transcultural Elements in Tim Winton’s Fiction

 

Abstract: The article considers Tim Winton's fiction in terms of its cross- and transcultural character. Despite the fact that local Australian settings permeate the writer's narratives, Winton creates an imaginary space that is both local and transnational in terms of its quality of the domestic culture, which Winton extends beyond its original field of practice. Winton achieves the transcultural quality of his fiction through transgressions and boundary breaking that are possible due to his frequent reworking of the traditional Australian themes and concepts of the unknown, supernatural, mystical, numinous and sacred, exploitation of leitmotifs of journey, transit and in-betweenness, use of cross-cultural symbols as well as various utopian and dystopian topoi such as Arcadia and Heimat.

 

Keywords: Tim Winton, local, global, universal themes, cross-cultural and transcultural symbols, motifs and topoi

 

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