March 2020 Academic & Specialist Lead Titles

Anthem Studies in Australian Literature and Culture

Australia as the Antipodal Utopia: European Imaginations From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century Daniel Hempel, foreword by Bill Ashcroft

Anthem Studies in Australian Literature and Culture

Australia as the Antipodal Utopia: European Imaginations From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century
Daniel Hempel, foreword by Bill Ashcroft


Hardback | Oct 2019 | Anthem Press | 9781785271397 | 152pp | 229x152mm | RFB | AUD$160.00, NZD$190.00

A discursive history of Australia's utopian place in the Western imagination. 

Australia has a fascinating history of visions. As the antipode to Europe, the continent provided a radically different and uniquely fertile ground for envisioning places, spaces and societies. Australia as the Antipodal Utopia evaluates this complex intellectual history by mapping out how Western visions of Australia evolved from antiquity to the modern period. It argues that because of its antipodal relationship with Europe, Australia is imagined as a particular form of utopia — but since one person's utopia is, more often than not, another's dystopia, Australia's utopian quality is both complex and highly ambiguous. Drawing on the rich field of utopian studies, Australia as the Antipodal Utopia provides an original and insightful study of Australia's place in the Western imagination.