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Australian-American Literary Connections  

Paul Giles

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May 2017
Within the literary connections between Australia and the United States, the more traditional notion of “influence” gained a different kind of intellectual traction after the ... More

Australian Fiction, the 1980s, and the U.S. Trade Paperback  

Nicholas Birns

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Feb 2017
The emergence of the trade paperback in the 1980s crucially transformed the way in which Australian literature was received in North America. The publication history of Patrick White on ... More

Australian Poetry, 1940s–1960s  

Peter Kirkpatrick

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May 2017
When situating 20th-century Australian poetry within world literary space, critical histories often map it against the Anglo-American tradition and find it wanting. In particular, and ... More

Australian Travel Writing, 1900–1960  

Anna Johnston

Travel writing has been an important form through which Australians learned about their own culture and their place in the world. Indigenous cultures of place and travel, geographic ... More

Australian Women’s Poetry and Feminism  

Ann Vickery

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Mar 2018
“Women’s poetry” as a marketing and pedagogic category emerged in the 1970s alongside second-wave feminism. To map the emergence of women’s poetry in and of Australia requires exploring ... More

Australian Women’s Writing in Mid-Century Modernity  

Susan Sheridan

Women seem barely visible in the lively Australian literary scene of the 1950s and 1960s. Popular wisdom has it that after the war women were sent home and imprisoned in domesticity, but ... More

Climate Fiction in English  

Caren Irr

In the 21st century, a new genre of Anglophone fiction has emerged—the climate change novel, often abbreviated as “cli-fi.” Many successful authors of literary fiction, such as Margaret ... More

Colonial Australian Gothic Literature  

Ken Gelder

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Apr 2017
Frontier colonial Gothic literature in Australia gives expression to the experience and aftermath of violent encounters between settlers and Indigenous people on the frontier. This ... More

Contemporary Australian Literary Culture  

Beth Driscoll

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Jun 2017
Contemporary Australian literary culture is formed through networks of institutions that support writing and reading. This infrastructure, itself shaped by Australia’s history as a former ... More

Emigration and 19th-Century British Colonial Settler Narratives  

Tamara S. Wagner

Colonial settler narratives comprise chiefly fictional as well as autobiographically inspired or anecdotal writing about emigration and settler life. The 19th century saw an increasingly ... More

The Environment in Australian Literature  

Tony Hughes-d'Aeth

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Jun 2017
While the relationship between humans and environment in Australia stretches back some 50,000 years, the colonization of the continent by Europeans in the late 18th century dramatically ... More

The History of Reading in Australia  

Patrick Buckridge

A history of reading in Australia needs to go beyond the question of what Australians have read in the course of their history (though this question in itself is important) to tackle the ... More

Indigenous Literature in Postwar Australia  

Michael R. Griffiths

Indigenous people in Australia have used inscriptive practices for at least 65,000 years and have employed alphabetic writing extensively since contact with Europeans, but the latter half ... More

The Literatures of Chinese Australia  

Wenche Ommundsen

Few chapters of Australian history reveal more about the shifting social, cultural, and political climate of a nation torn between its European roots and its Asian destiny than the story ... More

National Identity in Australian Literature  

Tanya Dalziell

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Jun 2017
On January 1, 1901, Australia became a nation; six British colonies—New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania—joined to form the Commonwealth ... More

Nationalism and Globalization in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction  

Janice Ho

Since the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the nation-state has risen to be the dominant form of political organization in the world through its embodiment of the principle of ... More

The Public Life of Contemporary Australian Poetry  

David McCooey

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Sep 2018
Since the late 1990s, complaints about the status of poetry, and the parlous state of poetry publishing, have been commonplace in Australia and other Anglophone nations. Concomitant with ... More

Reading Culture and Reading in 19th-Century Australia  

Susan K. Martin

Reading practices and tastes were transported to colonial Australia along with European colonists. Access to and circulation of books and newspapers in the colonies were subject to the ... More

Serializing Fiction in the Australasian Press  

Graham Law

As Australia and New Zealand gradually emerged as independent nation-states around the turn of the 20th century, the serial issue of literature became steadily less prevalent and ... More

Travel Writing in the Age of Globalization  

Rune Graulund

Globalization and global travel have existed for centuries. It is over the past century in particular, however, that travel has become truly global, in the sense that most and not just ... More

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