The Sydney Harbour Bridge: from modernity to post-modernity in Australian fiction

Paul Genoni

Abstract


This paper considers a recent spate of novels that deal in various ways with the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These include Peter Corris's Wet Graves; Alex Miller's Conditions of Faith; Vicki Hastrich's The Great Arch; and Sarah Hay's The Body in the Clouds. It is argued that these novels, written so long after the bridge's completion, are each grappling with the transformation of this icon of Australian modernism into the significant component in the nation's foremost experience of postmoadern urban space - Circular Quay.

Keywords


Syndey Harbour Bridge; Circular Quay; Sydney Cove; modernism; modernity; postmodernism

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