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  • Welcome to Criticism on AustLit

  • This page offers an overview of how to find critical works on AustLit, search options and pre-set searches, and access to selected research projects.
  • History of Critical Works on AustLit

  • Since its inception, AustLit has worked to create a detailed list not only of Australian story-telling, but also of the complex critical debates around publishing, literature, print cultures, and other forms of creating and disseminating stories.

    Not solely a bibliography of fiction or an index of criticism, AustLit combines the two, presenting curated lists of critical works in conjunction with the history of the works they critique.

    AustLit also publishes original, long-form criticism, including recent works on the Literature of Tasmania and Australian actors.

    AustLit's long history and rich database allows it the unique position of being both research infrastructure and research publisher.

  • As of 2019, AustLit records details of more than 39,000 works of criticism, including the contents of 250 peer-reviewed journals and records for over 300 monographs.

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  • Search for Criticism on AustLit

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  • Exhibitions, Trails and Research Projects

  • AustLit regularly collates specific subsets of our data and presents them as online exhibitions or information trails. We also support and publish research projects by AustLit staff and external researchers.

    You can find all the exhibitions and trails by checking out AustLit's research page, or explore the tiles below for specific exhibitions and AustLit publications.

    These tiles list both collections of criticism republished on AustLit and original substantive criticism published by AustLit.

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      Climate Change Fiction

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      John Forbes in the Archive

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      AustLit Anthology of Criticism

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      Courting Blakness

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      Contemporary Settler Literature

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      The BlackWords Essays

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      Literature of Tasmania

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      Criticism : Children's Literature

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      A Companion to the Australian Media

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