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The essay briefly outlines the European exploration of Australia and then discusses the significance and status of the explorers' journals in Europe and, later, in the Australian imagination. The last part focuses on the way in which the trope of exploration has been used in Australian fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries, often in search for national identity.

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    y Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader Amit Sarwal (editor), Reema Sarwal (editor), New Delhi : SSS Publications , 2009 Z1560703 2009 anthology criticism

    This literary reader on Australian studies for India not only investigates this central question by exploring many other facets of Australian literature especially Australian cross-cultural relationships with India and Asia. Taking a broad view of what Australian literature is, it explores the dimensions of Australian literature (national, Aboriginal, multicultural, ecocritical, postcolonial, modernist, comparative, feminist, and popular) in its varied genres of drama, poetry, autobiography. explorers' journals, short stories, literature of war, travel writing, Anglo-Indian fiction, diasporic writing, mainstream novel, nature writing, children's literature, romance, science fiction, gothic literture, horror, crime fiction, queer writing and humour. Each paper in this Reader presents different ways of "reading down under" and "performing Australianness" (Source: Backcover).

    New Delhi : SSS Publications , 2009
    pg. 321-328
Last amended 24 Feb 2009