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The Third Metropolis

The Third Metropolis

Author: William Hatherell

Post-war Brisbane has been a powerful source for the literary and artistic imagination – perhaps more so than any other Australian city.

The cultural journal Meanjin began in Brisbane in 1940 and a number of significant poets worked in Brisbane around this time. In the visual arts, a vibrant scene flourished into the 1960s. Most famously, the two decades after the Second World War proved a powerful imaginative source for ‘literary’ writers such as David Malouf, Rodney Hall and Thea Astley.

With a focus on the literary and visual arts – in particular poetry, the novel, and painting – The Third Metropolis considers the relationship of these works of art to the actual history of the city – political, economic and demographic. For the first time, The Third Metropolis places Brisbane within wider debates about Australian cultural history.