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Bennett establishes Australia's ambivalence about its own place in the world and then examines how this 'context of a colonial and post-colonial culture in Australia' has affected the perception of Asia and the Pacific. Considering Australia's relationship with Asia, as depicted in her national literature, Bennett focuses particularly on the writings of Christopher Koch, Nicholas Jose and Brian Castro. In conclusion, Bennett states that although Australia will continue to be influenced by Europe and North America, an 'enhanced interaction with Indo-Asia-Pacific countries is already generating and will generate further beneficial changes to Australian culture and society.'

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    y separately published work icon Cultural Interfaces S. K. Sareen (editor), Sheel C. Nuna (editor), Malati Mathur (editor), New Delhi : Indialog Publications , 2004 Z1101341 2004 anthology criticism 'Cultural Interfaces is a collection of twenty papers by international as well as young research scholars engaged in Australian Studies in India. These were presented at the First International Conference of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA). With contributions from Bruce Bennett, Jennifer Strauss, Dennis Haskell, Satendra Nandan, David Kimber, Fran Siemensma, Parimal Roy and Marianne Robinson, Y. Yagama Reddy and Quentin-Stevenson Perks amongst many others, this volume reflects a dynamic engagement of ideas, both from a literary and a socio-political perspective, in the areas of history, culture, art, trade and education. The interfaces these essays provide, the interdisciplinary ethos they promote, are a much-needed new dimension to the study of Australian culture, society and polity in India. The present collection is set to meet precisely that objective.' New Delhi : Indialog Publications , 2004 pg. 1-17
    Note: Includes bibliography
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    y separately published work icon Homing In : Essays on Australian Literature and Selfhood Bruce Bennett , Perth : Network , 2006 Z1283394 2006 selected work criticism essay autobiography 'With a population base of some 20 million people in the early years of the twenty-first century, Australia is widely recognised as ‘punching above its weight’ in the field of international literature in English. When questions of literary merit are raised, Patrick White’s Nobel Prize for literature in 1973 is often cited together with David Malouf’s Impac award, Thomas Keneally’s and Peter Carey’s Booker prizes, Kate Grenville’s Orange prize and the Queens’s gold medal for poetry to Judith Wright, Les Murray and Peter Porter. Although some of these authors are discussed in the present book, readers will also encounter a variety of other Australian writers, living and dead, from colonial to post-colonial times, including :Louis Becke, Jack Davis, Yasmine Gooneratne, Ee Tiang Hong, Dorothy Hewitt, A D Hope, Clive James, Oodgeroo, John Boyle O’Reilly and Tim Winton. This heterogeneous group includes Indigenous Australians, immigrants, expatriates, long and short term residents and an Irish political prisoner. The main criterion for inclusion in these essays is not the canonical status of authors but their fruitful engagement with themes of alienation and belonging in a changing Australia.'

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    Perth : Network , 2006
    pg. 195-207; notes 276-278
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