Writing the Australian Beach

Local Site, Global Idea

  • Elizabeth Ellison
  • Donna Lee Brien

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Elizabeth Ellison, Donna Lee Brien
    Pages 1-15
  3. Forms of Beach Writing

  4. Multiplicities of Australian Beach Writing

  5. Reading the Beach as Text

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Lee McGowan, Elizabeth Ellison, Michele Lastella
      Pages 181-194
    3. Mark Maxwell, Elizabeth Ellison
      Pages 209-225
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-243

About this book


Writing the Australian Beach is the first in fifteen years to explore creative and cultural representations of this iconic landscape, and how writers and scholars have attempted to understand and depict it. Although the content chiefly focuses on Australia, the beach as both a location and idea resonates deeply with readers around the world. This edited collection includes three sections. Forms of Beach Writing examines the history of beach writing in Australia and in a number of forms: screenwriting, social media writing, and food writing. In turn, Multiplicities of Australian Beach Writing examines how forms of writing—poetry, travel writing, horror film, and memoir—engage with some specific beaches in Australia. And, finally, Reading the Beach as a Text considers how the beach itself functions in cultural narratives: how we walk the beach; the revealing story of beach soccer; and the design and use of ocean baths. Given its scope, the collection offers a unique resource for scholars of Australian culture and creative writing, and for all those interested in Australian beaches. 


Beach Australian Beach Beach Writing Creative Writing Representation Australian Literature Australian Film Popular Culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Ellison
    • 1
  • Donna Lee Brien
    • 2
  1. 1.Creative IndustriesCentral Queensland UniversityNoosavilleAustralia
  2. 2.Creative IndustriesCentral Queensland UniversityNoosavilleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-35263-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-35264-6
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