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Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 'Nation' and Literary History : The Case of Australia
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'Modern histories of a nation's literature require a comprehensive, scholarly approach. A serious literary history of Australia should focus primarily on literary form and content - the stories and myths of Australians in a variety of literary genres. Relevant historical contexts will extend from local and regional concerns to Australians' links with Europe, North America and, increasingly, Asia. Colonial and post-colonial contexts provide important avenues of investigation and research, employing the scholarly disciplines of bibliography, biography and textual editing.' (Author's abstract)

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Author's note indicates that this is a revised version of the 1996 publication.
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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.'

     (Publication summary)

    Perth : Network , 2006
    pg. 91-100; notes 267-269
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    y separately published work icon Australian Cultural History ACH; Last Drinks vol. 28 no. 2/3 2010 Z1831180 2010 periodical issue 2010 pg. 123-130
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