Exploring Australian Coastal Gothic: Poetry and Place

  • Lynda HawrylukEmail author


The coast is a place of boundless beauty and great terror. Coastal-based Australian narratives derive from Gothic literary traditions, flipping historical tropes to create a singularly Australian literary style. This chapter explores the development of an Australian coastal Gothic fiction, particularly narratives set on islands bordering the Australian coastline. Australian coastal Gothic writing is emerging as a significant literary movement, extending Gibson’s badlands (Seven Versions of an Australian Badland, 2002) to the shoreline and beyond, to wild untamed seascapes. Original prose poetry demonstrates Australian coastal Gothic writing in action.


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  1. 1.Southern Cross UniversityLismoreAustralia

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