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'This paper will consider the theoretical implications of reading American and Australian/New Zealand literature against each other, in a transnational orientation. It will suggest ways in which the "transpacific" might in itself be too constricting a term to describe this conceptual framework, since both the United States and Australia also related in triangular ways to the colonizing culture of imperial Britain. The paper will take a number of nineteenth-century American authors - Charles Brockden Brown, Joel Barlow, Washington Irving, Emily Dickinson - and will suggest the importance of an antipodean imaginary to their writings. It will also look briefly at a number of twentieth-century authors whose work might be considered on a transpacific axis - Christina Stead, Peter Carey, J. M. Coetzee - in order to suggest the value of a transnational approach in opening up both American and Australian literature to new horizons' (Author's abstract).

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    y Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories Robert Dixon (editor), Nicholas Birns (editor), Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2010 Z1754436 2010 anthology criticism 'Reading Across the Pacific is a study of literary and cultural engagement between the United States and Australia from a contemporary interdisciplinary perspective. The book examines the relations of the two countries, shifting the emphasis from the broad cultural patterns that are often compared, to the specific networks, interactions, and crossings that have characterised Australian literature in the United States and American literature in Australia.
    In the twenty-first century, both American and Australian literatures are experiencing new challenges to the very different paradigms of literary history and criticism each inherited from the twentieth century. In response to these challenges, scholars of both literatures are seizing the opportunity to reassess and reconfigure the conceptual geography of national literary spaces as they are reformed by vectors that evade or exceed them, including the transnational, the local and the global.
    The essays in Reading Across the Pacific are divided into five sections: National Literatures and Transnationalism, Poetry and Poetics, Literature and Popular Culture, The Cold War, and Publishing History and Transpacific Print Cultures' (Source: Publisher's website).
    Sydney : Sydney University Press , 2010
    pg. 23-37
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