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Note: General editor, Nicholas Jose.
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

Notes

  • Launched in Sydney, New South Wales by Quentin Bryce, 30 July 2009. Followed by a celebratory event at Gleebooks, Glebe, New South Wales, 31 July 2009 and a one-day symposium, 'Australian Literary Futures', Dixson Room, State Library of NSW, 1 August 2009.

  • Launched by Clive James at Australia House, London, on 22 September 2009 and by Deputy Prime Ministher Julia Gillard at the Australian Embassy, Washington DC, United States of America, 7 October 2009.
  • Each entry is preceded by a short biographical introduction.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature : General Introduction, Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work essay (p. 1-6)
Aboriginal Literature, Anita Heiss , Peter Minter , 2009 single work criticism (p. 7-13)
Literature to 1900, Elizabeth Webby , 2009 single work criticism (p. 15-21)
Literature 1900-1950, Nicole Moore , 2009 single work criticism (p. 23-30)
Fiction and Drama from 1950, Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2009 single work criticism (p. 31-40)
Poetry and Non-Fiction from 1950, David McCooey , 2009 single work criticism (p. 41-48)
From : Journal of a First Fleet Surgeon, George B. Worgan , 2009 extract diary travel (p. 51-56)
From : A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, Watkin Tench , 2009 extract prose travel (p. 56-60)
Letter to Mr Philips, Lord Sydney's Steward, Bennelong , 2009 single work correspondence

A letter written by Bennelong in 1796.

(p. 60-61)
Letter to Brigid Kingdon, Elizabeth Macarthur , 2009 single work correspondence (p. 61-63)
From : A Voyage to Terra Australis, Matthew Flinders , 2009 extract prose (p. 63-65)
Kangarooi"Kangaroo! Kangaroo!", Barron Field , 1819 single work poetry The Kangaroo (p. 66-67)
Note: With title: The Kangaroo
The Native's Lamenti"Oh! Where are the wilds I once sported among,", Anonymous , 1826 single work poetry (p. 68-69)
From : The Hermit in Van Diemen's Land, Simon Stukeley , 2009 extract essay (p. 69-72)
A Swan River Ecloguei"Though the classical bards, to cajole us,", Anonymous , 1830 single work poetry (p. 73-75)
Jim Jones at Botany Bayi"O listen for a moment, lads, and hear me tell my tale,", 1907 single work poetry Jim Jones (p. 75-76)
From : Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Charles Sturt , 2009 extract diary (p. 76-80)
The Aboriginal Motheri"Oh! hush thee - hush my baby,", Eliza Hamilton Dunlop , 1838 single work poetry The Aboriginal Mother (from Myall's Creek) (p. 81-83)
Note: With title: The Aboriginal Mother (from Myall's Creek)
A Convict's Tour to Helli"You prisoners of New South Wales,", Francis MacNamara , 1839 single work poetry satire
For discussion of the various versions of this poem and the history of its compilation see Frank the Poet by Meredith and Whalen (1979). Several manuscript versions exist in the Mitchell library - ML MSS 7266, A 649, A 807 and C 967 (digitised copy: of this available)
(p. 83-89)
The Convict's Arrivali"I am a native of the land of Erin, and lately banished from that lovely shore;", Francis MacNamara , 1899 single work poetry (p. 89-91)
Note: With title: Moreton Bay. Attributed to 'Anonymous'.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2009 .
      Extent: 1504p.
      ISBN: 9781741754391 (pbk.), 9781741758115 (special ed. with slipcase), 9781741754407 (hbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      W. W. Norton , 2009 .
      Alternative title: The Literature of Australia
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Tom Keneally.
      ISBN: 9780393072617 (clothbound), 9780393934663 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures Jared Thomas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This essay undertakes a detailed discussion of how respecting protocols for representing Indigenous cultures supports the interests of Indigenous communities and producers of stories with Indigenous content. To highlight the importance of Indigenous protocols I review the prominence and reception of Aboriginal stories in Australian film and literature and discuss how protocol guidelines can prevent problematic representations. I demonstrate how protocols influenced writing Calypso Summer (2014), a novel exploring issues relating to my cultural group, the Nukunu, to illustrate the challenges encountered and benefits gained from employing Indigenous representation protocols. ' (Author's introduction)
An “Infinitely Flexible” Space : Reading Michael Dransfield’s “Courland Penders” Poems through the Neobaroque and Dobrez’s Theory of “The Pouch” Michael Farrell , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 1 2013; (p. 138-154)

This essay 'seeks to find new ways to address Australian poetry, through the example of Michael Dransfield, a controversially significant poet.' (139)

Telling Our National Story to the World Kate Darian-Smith , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2012; (p. 17)
Promoting Australian writing takes effort, writes Kate Darian-Smith.
Museum Mentality Who Killed Australian Literature? Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 8-9)
Rewriting Australian Literature Nicholas Jose , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 95-107)
'There are those of us who are trying to rethink the place of Australian literature in our lives, as readers and writers, students and teachers, and as participants in this society and culture. It's happening from different angles: in the academy, in literary studies, cultural studies, and Australian studies, including Australian history, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and in research frameworks; in secondary and primary education, locally and nationally; and in the public domain. It's also happening internationally, through translation, and in the many different spaces where Australian literature might have meaning. Meaning, of course, is a first question and the meanings of both 'Australian' and 'literature' are fluid and routinely contested. Coupling the terms only increased the questioning, raising the stakes to beg the question of whether it is meaningful or necessary to talk about Australian literature at all. What is it? Does it exist? Does it matter anymore, or any differently from any other kind of literature, simply because we happen to be in Australia? Does it have a privileged claim on our attention, or, if it does, is that suspect? Each part of the coupling comes with hefty baggage. 'Australian' brings the national, the nation and the nationalistic, identity and belonging, history and culture, citizenship and inclusion/exclusion. 'Literature' brings not only the literary, but also language, and literacy, questions of reading and writing, and teaching and learning in relation to reading and writing. In particular it brings, for my purposes here, those approaches and practices known as 'creative writing' that in recent decades have entered subject English and more broadly the business of how literature is made is made in our society. 'Creative writing' is an infelicitous term, perhaps, but one we're stuck with, understood as something with many manifestations, widespread popularity and its own complex institutional history. Discussion of these things - creative writing and Australian literature in the curricular context - joins with larger debates about our education and contemporary culture that tend, paradoxically, to adopt a rhetoric of embattlement while taking for granted the importance of both related fields. It is surprising that, in a neoliberal, technocratic, metric-managed world, reading, writing and creativity should retain such power and loom so large.' (Author's abstract)
A Text for This Time : Theory, Ethics and Pedagogy in Teaching the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Mark Howie , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 108-128)
'Remember the days of the old school yard? I do. More precisely, I remember much of what took place in my senior English classroom. More than a quarter of a century later, I can still recall the excitement I felt in reading particular books and authors for the first time. What I do not recall, however, is an instance of the nationality of an author influencing my engagement with their writing. For example, thinking back on why I enjoyed reading My Brother Jack, I recollect I found George Johnston's central character David Meredith appealing, but not as a representation of what it is to be an Australian. The Australia of My Brother Jack is certainly not the Australia I knew in the early 1980s, and David Meredith's experiences seemed as foreign to me then as the poets-of-origin of the clipper ships which so fascinated him. I was drawn to Meredith because of his determination to be free and - if I am honest - I hoped that I might one day end up partnered with my Cressida Morley. Is there anything exclusively Australian about David Meredith's yearning for freedom? I don't think so, not least because my reading of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tennyson's 'Ulysses' in that same school year suggested parallels in the motivations of all three characters.' (From author's preface, 108)
Teaching Small ‘l’ Literature : Lessons from English in Australia Brenton Doecke , Douglas McClenaghan , Lauren Petis , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 266-306)
'This essay is structured around quotations taken from early issues of English in Australia, the journal of the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE), when that journal played a significant role in the formation of a professional discourse for English teachers at a time of rapid expansion of secondary education during the post-war years. We enter into a dialogue with contributors to these early issues in order to test the currency of their values and beliefs today. What is their attitude towards the teaching of literature in Australia? What are their views specifically with regard to the place of Australian writing in the secondary English curriculum? Does English still have anything in common with what contributors to these early issues understood the subject to be? We are posing these questions, not out of some musty interest in the ghosts of debates past, but in an effort to create a perspective on the present, and to think outside the mental cage of standards-based reforms and construction of subject English that is currently being foisted on the profession by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).' (Authors' introduction, p. 266)
History, Literature and Creative Writing : A New Dimension Ffion Murphy , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: IJAS , no. 4 2011; (p. 31-49)
'This paper glances at two major recent works - an anthology and a history - to preface its speculation that future publications of these kinds will need to address a significant transformation of the Australian literary landscape: tor the past two to three decades the way literatures is fostered and produced in Australia has been changing...' (32)
The Literature of Australia Susan Ballyn , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 5 no. 3 2011;

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Poetry and History : Australian History in Poetry Elizabeth Webby , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Summer/Autumn vol. 17 no. 1/2 2010; (p. 13-18)

'During the nineteenth century, history and the higher forms of art were seen as going hand in hand. The 'history picture,' involving a large-scale depiction of a well-known historical event, was regarded as much more prestigious than a portrait or landscape; tragedies were always set in the past and Sir Walter Scott, it was claimed, made the novel respectable by making it historical. Poets were not immune from this contagion, especially as writing a long poem was still believed to be the way in which a poet could truly prove his worth (gender not really coming into it then). Nineteenth-century Australian poets naturally went along with these notions, producing tragedies set in ancient Rome or, at the latest, Elizabeth England. Charles Harpur, as the self-proclaimed first national Australian poet, initially tried to break with tradition, writing a tragedy about a bushranger and an epic about exploration. Successive revisions of The Creek of the Four Graves, however, show him introducing increasingly archaic language in an effort to provide historical distance. And even Harpur later chose non-Australian topics for his long poem Genius Lost, about Thomas Chatterton, and The Witch of Hebron : a Rabbinical Legend.' (p. 13)

The Forest and its Undergrowth John McLaren , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 199 2010; (p. 80-85)
John McLaren writes on the ordering of Australian literature in The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and the statement this makes about the place of Aboriginal writing within it.
Black and White : In Search of an ‘Apt’ Response to Indigenous Writing Robin Freeman , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 14 no. 2 2010;
'The good editor,' suggests Thomas McCormack in his Fiction Editor, the Novel and the Novelist, 'reads, and ... responds aptly' to the writer's work, 'where "aptly" means "as the ideal appropriate reader would".' McCormack develops an argument that encompasses the dual ideas of sensibility and craft as essential characteristics of the fiction editor. But at an historical juncture that has seen increasing interest in the publication of Indigenous writing, and when Indigenous writers themselves may envisage a multiplicity of readers (writing, for instance, for family and community, and to educate a wider white audience), who is the 'ideal appropriate reader' for the literary works of the current generation of Australian Indigenous writers? And what should the work of this 'good editor' be when engaging with the text of an Indigenous writer? This paper examines such questions using the work of Margaret McDonell and Jennifer Jones, among others, to explore ways in which non-Indigenous editors may apply aspects of McCormack's 'apt response' to the editing of Indigenous texts.' (Author's abstract)
American Friends : Clinton Hartley Grattan and W. W. Norton Carol Hetherington , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 81-90)

'Numerous commentators have noted affinities between Australia and America. These observations differ in tone and focus but they are all strongly indicative of a perceived connection between two countries in the 'new' world, former colonies of an imperial power. They are suggestive of literary connections that have never been fully documented or analysed. Studies of links between Australia and England exist, pitched at both the academic and the general audience. But apart from several articles by Laurie Hergenhan, and his 1995 biography of Clinton Hartley Grattan, Australian and American literary connections have been, until recently, largely unexplored.

The first large-scale, systematic examination of the area is currently in progress through David Carter's 2006 ARC-funded research project 'America Publishes Australia: Australian Books and American Publishers, 1890-2005'. If there is a commonality to be found in the history of publishing and reception of Australian literature in America it should emerge from David Carter's study, but I suspect that there will also be evidence of a significant number of unique situations and circumstances which defy generalisation. In this paper I will examine some individual cases of Americans whose connections with Australian literary culture have been of significant and lasting importance, in particular Clinton Hartley Grattan and William Warder Norton' (Author's abstract).

Dream Time Fiona Gruber , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 5 February no. 5575 2010; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Untitled Jean-François Vernay , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Cercles 2000-;

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story ; The Cambridge History of Australian Literature 2009 reference
The Literature of Australia : An Anthology P Wolfe , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Choice , June vol. 47 no. 10 2010; (p. 1921)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 July 2009; (p. 26)
Australian Literature and the Missing Body Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 313 2009; (p. 22-24)
'The general editor of a major new anthology describes its genesis and scope.' (Editor's abstract)
All Our Own Work Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 July 2009; (p. 10-11)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 July 2009; (p. 30)
A column canvassing current literary news including some brief comments about the launch of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and the results of the 2008 Prime Minister's Prize for History.
A Guide to Discovering Texts for Our Times Bruce Bennett , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 August 2009; (p. 13)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
There's Life in the Corpus Yet Ivor Indyk , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 4 no. 7 2009; (p. 6-7)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Timely Cure for an Identity Crisis Peter Pierce , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 August 2009; (p. 21) The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 August 2009; (p. 28-29)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Obscuring the Heritage: Regrettable Omissions in the New National Anthology Peter Craven , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 314 2009; (p. 7-8)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Dream Time Fiona Gruber , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 5 February no. 5575 2010; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Untitled Christian Mondeil , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 23 no. 3 2009; (p. 6-7)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Untitled Bill Tully , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Voice : A Journal of Comment and Review , December no. 32 2009; (p. 31-35)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
The Literature of Australia Susan Ballyn , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , vol. 5 no. 3 2011;

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Untitled Jean-François Vernay , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Cercles 2000-;

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story ; The Cambridge History of Australian Literature 2009 reference
The Literature of Australia : An Anthology P Wolfe , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Choice , June vol. 47 no. 10 2010; (p. 1921)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 July 2009; (p. 26)
Australian Literature and the Missing Body Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 313 2009; (p. 22-24)
'The general editor of a major new anthology describes its genesis and scope.' (Editor's abstract)
All Our Own Work Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 July 2009; (p. 10-11)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 July 2009; (p. 30)
A column canvassing current literary news including some brief comments about the launch of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and the results of the 2008 Prime Minister's Prize for History.
Anthology Honours WA Writers William Yeoman , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 July 2009; (p. 9)
Window into a Nation's Soul Jane Sullivan , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 1 August 2009; (p. 19) The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 August 2009; (p. 26-27)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 August 2009; (p. 26)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the launch of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.
Nothing but Aussie Lit, As It is Writ Madeline Healy , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 - 2 August 2009; (p. 24)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 August 2009; (p. 26)
A column covering current literary news including a report on Kerryn Goldsworthy's response to Ivor Indyk's claim that first-generation migrant writers had been overlooked in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.
Stuffing the Canon Can Lead to Blow-Ups Imre Salusinszky , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 September 2009; (p. 8)
Cracking the Canon Geordie Williamson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 September 2009; (p. 18-19)
Geordie Williamsont tracks the critical reception, in print and via weblogs, to the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.
Best of Literature on Display 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 9 October 2009; (p. 4)
Gillard Defends Anthology as One for its Time Anne Davies , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 October 2009; (p. 17)
Untitled Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 October 2009; (p. 3)
Nicholas Jose comments on the argument that too little drama was included in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.
Untitled Jack Hibberd , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 October 2009; (p. 3)
Oz Lit Drama Grows 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 October 2009; (p. 18)
Advances 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 315 2009; (p. 1)
A column canvassing current literary news including reports on responses to Peter Craven's review of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, the winner of the 2009 ABR Reviewing Competition and new releases from Puncher and Wattmann.
The Many in One Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 315 2009; (p. 4)
A Hundred Ways Ian Britain , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 315 2009; (p. 4-5)
Peter Craven Replies: Peter Craven , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 315 2009; (p. 5)
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