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'Australian literature is one of the world's richest, dealing not only with "local" Australian themes and issues but with those at the forefront of global literary discussion. This book offers a fresh look at Australian literature, taking a broad view of what literature is and viewing it with Australian cultural and societal concerns in mind. Especially relevant is the heightened role of indigenous people and issues following the landmark 1992 Mabo decision on Aboriginal land rights. But attention to other multicultural connections and the competing pull of Australia's continued connection to Great Britain are also enlightening. Chapters are devoted to internationally prominent writers such as Patrick White, Peter Carey, David Malouf, and Christina Stead; fast-rising authors such as Gerald Murnane and Tim Winton; less-publicized writers such as Xavier Herbert and Dorothy Hewett; and on prose fiction, poetry, and drama, women's and gay and lesbian writing, children's literature, and science fiction. The Companion goes beyond Eurocentric ideas of national literary history to reveal the full, resplendent variety of Australian writing.' Source: www.boydell.co.uk (Sighted 08/10/2007).

Notes

  • Includes a Chronology of Main Events in Australian History, 1901-2005. The essays are divided into five parts: Identities, Writing Across Time, International Reputations, Writers and Regions, Beyond the Canon

  • Epigraph: I see advertised The Primer of American Literature. Imagine the face of Philip or Alexander at hearing of a Primer of Macedonian literature! Are we to have a Primer of Canadian literature too, and a Primer of Australian? - Matthew Arnold, "General Grant," in The Last Word

Contents

* Contents derived from the Rochester, New York (State),
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Camden House , 2007 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Nicholas Birns , Rebecca McNeer , single work criticism (p. 1-13)
Aboriginality Since Mabo: Writing, Politics, and Art, Ali Gumyilla Baker , Gus Worby , single work criticism (p. 17-40)
Writing Aboriginality: Authors on 'Being Aboriginal', Anita Heiss , single work criticism (p. 41-59)
From Empire to Nation: The Shifting Sands of Australian National Identity, Ruth Feingold , single work criticism (p. 62-71)
Multicultural Writing in Australia, Wenche Ommundsen , single work criticism (p. 73-86)
Jewish Writers in Australia, Susan Jacobowitz , single work criticism (p. 87-103)
Asian-Australian Literature, Deborah L. Madsen , single work criticism
For reasons of space, this essay deals only with anglophone Asian-Australian writers. (p.105)
(p. 105-125)
The Demidenko Affair and Australian Hoaxes, Maggie Nolan , single work criticism (p. 127-138)
Australian Women's Writing, Tanya Dalziell , single work criticism (p. 139-153)
Writing the Nation, 1900-1940, Richard Scott Carr , single work criticism (p. 157-172)
Australian Poetry From Kenneth Slessor to Jennifer Strauss, Nicholas Birns , single work criticism
'This chapter covers Australian poetry from the modernist era, involving the figure of Kenneth Slessor, who is arguably not only the most talented poet Australia has ever produced but also one whose work has raised questions about the identity and thrust of Australian poetry that have resounded throughout the era.' - (Birns, p.173)
(p. 173-189)
Australian Poetry, 1970-2005, David McCooey , single work criticism (p. 191-205)
Australian Drama, 1900-1970, Maryrose Casey , single work criticism
Casey argues that 'in contrast with the dominant view, Australian drama texts written through the period 1900-1970, like the myths that present this period as a barren landscape, reflect particular social and political movements'. - (p.207)
(p. 207-218)
Australian Drama Since 1970, Maryrose Casey , single work criticism
Considers the influence of government subsidies and the 'ways in which Australian theatre has been framed in the national imaginary' (p.219). Williamson's career bookends this era.
(p. 219-232)
Christina Stead, Brigid Rooney , single work criticism biography (p. 235-246)
Patrick White, John Beston , single work criticism (p. 247-256)
David Malouf, John Scheckter , single work criticism (p. 257-268)
Les Murray, Werner Senn , single work criticism (p. 269-280)
Peter Carey, Carolyn Bliss , single work criticism (p. 281-292)
Gerald Murnane, Paul Genoni , single work criticism (p. 293-304)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Journeys in Australian Literature Classrooms : Investigating the Social Graham Parr , Natalie Bellis , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 153-176)
The primary aim of the authors in writing this chapter 'is to illustrate how some aspects of any national literary conversation play out in the complex social and cultural setting of a school literature classroom.' (From authors introduction, p 154)
The Postcolonial Perspective on an Regional Literature in Australia Per Henningsgaard , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature 2010; (p. 57-74)
Reviews Gerhard Stilz , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 23 2009; (p. 87-95)

— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism
Untitled Maryanne Dever , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 24 no. 1 2009; (p. 168-170)

— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism
Untitled Delys Bird , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 8 2008; (p. 148-151)

— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism
Literary Stocktaking Peter Pierce , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 298 2008; (p. 12-13)

— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism
Globalise This! Jean-François Vernay , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 192 2008; (p. 93)

— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism
Untitled Delys Bird , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 8 2008; (p. 148-151)

— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism
Untitled Maryanne Dever , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 24 no. 1 2009; (p. 168-170)

— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism
Reviews Gerhard Stilz , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 23 2009; (p. 87-95)

— Review of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007 anthology criticism
Introduction Nicholas Birns , Rebecca McNeer , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 2007; (p. 1-13)
The Postcolonial Perspective on an Regional Literature in Australia Per Henningsgaard , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature 2010; (p. 57-74)
Journeys in Australian Literature Classrooms : Investigating the Social Graham Parr , Natalie Bellis , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 153-176)
The primary aim of the authors in writing this chapter 'is to illustrate how some aspects of any national literary conversation play out in the complex social and cultural setting of a school literature classroom.' (From authors introduction, p 154)
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