A cultural history based on early twentieth-century Australian art Ghost Nation explores early modernism through the work of painters, photographers and architects of the age. These include- May Gibbs, Norman Lindsay, Grace Cossington Smith, Harold Cazneaux, and Walter and Marion Griffin. In what Meagan Morris described as "a historically persuasive framework for understanding Australian modernism" Duggan considers a plurality of images, not as separate entities as former examinations have done. Here these images ghost each other within time to provide an understanding of interdependence and discontinuity in the construction of a twentieth century visual culture. Included is a section of paintings and photographs by the artists featured.
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