A National (Diasporic?) Living Treasure : Thomas KeneallyPaul Sharrad,
2015single work criticism — Appears in:
142015;(p. 20-27)Although Thomas Keneally is firmly located as a national figure, his international literary career and his novels’ inspection of colonial exile, Aboriginal alienation, and movements of people throughout history reflect aspects of diasporic experience, while pushing the term itself into wider meaning of the transnational.
"The Outback", "River Towns" and a New NationXiaojin Zhou,
2009single work criticism — Appears in:
From Fixity to Fluidity : The Theme of Identity in Thomas Keneally's Fiction2009;(p. 77-85)'Towns are significant in the Australian nation-building process because they mark a new attitude toward the land, and hence a new way of life. If the early convicts are visitors who have no other choice, the immigrants who build the towns in the outback are willing settlers in this new land. Instead of regarding the land as a disorienting and disappointing “hell” they happen to be thrown into, the immigrants tend to look on the bush, the pasture and the farm as a place with new hope and new opportunities. Though they still carry old aesthetic expectations and occasionally lament the strangeness and barrenness of “the outback”, they are far more ready to adapt and of course, to re-create. In this sense, towns are the beginning of really positive and constructive interactions between Australians and their land. ' (77)