Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000
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The author describes Astley's Drylands as personally, politically and culturally fin-de-siecle. She sees it interrogating the constructions of Australian nationalism which have persisted since the 1890s; mateship, prescribed roles for men and women, and myths of the bush. In the ending of Drylands, though, despite Janet's abandoning her search for the ultimate Eden, Kossew sees finality undermined, and an ongoing affirmation of reading and of books.

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