I had to think about the abstract for this paper at a time when I was rather preoccupied with writing another, not about photography but about the railway, though still with reference to Australian and Canadian literature.* There seemed no relation between the two. But after delivering the railway paper, while browsing in the conference book display area, I happened upon Brian Johnson's and Dudley Whitney's lavish coffee-table presentation of Canada from the train, a photographic production entitled Railway Country.



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