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Issue Details: First known date: 2022... 2022 Teaching Australia and Japan through Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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'This article explores historical and literary connections between Australia and Japan through Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013). The novel calls attention to differing military narratives as constructed by aggressor and victimized nations through representing Australian prisoners of war captured by the Imperial Japanese Army to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. The article serves as an exploratory study in how The Narrow Road might be taught in a Japanese university course on Japan-Australia relations through literary texts. Previous scholarship on the novel has not addressed its subject matter in relation to Japan’s continuing equivocations about its activities during the Asia-Pacific War. The article therefore explores how Australian fiction might stimulate discussion among Japanese students about contentious aspects of their nation’s history, and lead to the cultivation of cross-cultural knowledge and empathy through imagining lives that are different from their own.'(Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon Journal of Postcolonial Writing International Perspectives on Australian Literature vol. 58 no. 1 Jean-François Vernay (editor), 2022 24632721 2022 periodical issue 'This Special Issue showcases stimulating recent writing about Australian literature by scholars whose background (or foreground) lies outside Australia itself. As well having intrinsic interest, these studies draw attention to the state of Australian studies throughout the world, Australian writers’ reception overseas, their impact upon world literature and, and the insights that derive from the critics’ “offshore” positionality. One important feature of the discussion of Australian literature in academic research, articles, and books has been to propel this body of work beyond its national borders and give it international exposure. This Special Issue gives a voice to scholars based around the world and from several different backgrounds – the UK, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, India, China, Japan, and the USA – as well as from Australia itself. Researchers outside Australia were invited to contribute to this volume in terms of the following topics: the state of Australian literary studies in their countries; the globalization of Australian fiction and the effect, if any, of supportive Australian programmes which buttress that process; the translation and reception of Australian literary texts; the extent to which offshore local publishing participates in the dissemination of Australian literature; and the teaching of Australian fiction abroad. The nine articles included here achieve a degree of representativeness in that they range from reception studies of Australian literature in various overseas locations (Vernay, Kačer, Daozhi, Machosky) to readings of Australian fiction by international scholars (Pandey and Parui, Huggan, and Čerče), and instances where texts do not sit comfortably at the intersection of cultures (Shek-Noble).' 

    (Jean-François Vernay International perspectives on Australian literature : Introduction)

    pg. 111-124
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