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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies Reader
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This literary reader on Australian studies for India not only investigates this central question by exploring many other facets of Australian literature especially Australian cross-cultural relationships with India and Asia. Taking a broad view of what Australian literature is, it explores the dimensions of Australian literature (national, Aboriginal, multicultural, ecocritical, postcolonial, modernist, comparative, feminist, and popular) in its varied genres of drama, poetry, autobiography. explorers' journals, short stories, literature of war, travel writing, Anglo-Indian fiction, diasporic writing, mainstream novel, nature writing, children's literature, romance, science fiction, gothic literture, horror, crime fiction, queer writing and humour. Each paper in this Reader presents different ways of "reading down under" and "performing Australianness" (Source: Backcover).


  • "The first critical reader on Australian literary studies from India" (front cover)
  • This work is in Sections:

    • Entering Australian Literature 1-56p
    • The Critical Scene 67-150p
    • Reading Aboriginal 173-236p
    • Multicultural Realm 243-311p
    • Exploring genres - I 321-381p
    • Exploring genres - II 395 - 483p
    • Austral-Asian Dialogues 503-623


* Contents derived from the New Delhi,
South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
SSS Publications , 2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Preface : Literary Australias, Bill Ashcroft , single work criticism (p. xvi-xx)
Foreword : Little Cultures, Local Histories and National Literatures, J. V. D'Cruz , single work autobiography
D'Cruz reflects on his 50 years' experience of living in Australia and of the developments in Australian culture during that time.
(p. xxi-lviii)
Introduction : Reading Down Under : Australian Literary Studies and India, Amit Sarwal , Reema Sarwal , single work criticism (p. lix-lxxv)
Allusive Rhetoric of Nationality : Development of Australian Literature from 1890s to 1980s, Patrick Buckridge , single work criticism
The article looks at the development, 'within and across particular historical moments, of a "rhetoric of nationality," where "rhetoric" refers both to strategies of persuasion and to an inventory of conventional tropes and topoi' (2). Textual examples are taken from the 1890s, the 1930s and 40s, from Patrick White's writing, and from fiction of the 1980s.
(p. 1-16)
A New Fictional Mode : Modernism in Australian Novel, Anisur Rahman , single work criticism
Gives an overview of Australian fiction since 1920, its representative writers and some of its its hallmarks.
(p. 17-25)
Impostures : Nationalism, Modernism and Australian Poetry of the Late Twentieth Century, Laurie Duggan , single work criticism (p. 26-38)
Note: With title: Impostures and Poetry Wars : Notes on Nationalism, Modernism and Australian Poetry of the Late Twentieth Century
(Do) the Modernismi"Well you heard all about the New Romance", Laurie Duggan , single work poetry (p. 35-36)
A Square Dancei"Grand-maw's sittin on a barbed wire fence", Laurie Duggan , single work poetry (p. 36-37)
Australian Theatre : Looking Back from a New Millennium, Peter Fitzpatrick , single work criticism
An overview of developments in Australian drama and theatre in the twentieth century.
(p. 39-44)
Australian and Indian Dawns of Realism : A Comparative Approach, Didier Coste , Maya Boutaghou-Coste , single work criticism (p. 45-55)
In the Age of the Internet : Australian Literature and Research Practices, Kerry Kilner , single work criticism
'This chapter aims to provide information on how the internet revolution affects discovery and research opportunities for students of Australian literature in India. It will discuss some of the resources available on the World Wide Web and how they might benefit researchers working in the virtual environment. It will then consider AustLit: The Resource for Australian Literature ... which is the key resource for all things relating to many aspects of Australian literary culture' (57).
(p. 56-66)
Critics, Writers, Intellectuals : Australian Literature and Its Criticism, David Carter , single work criticism
David Carter 'describes the background to [the] "theoretical turn" in Australian literary studies: the struggle to establish Australian literature in the university: the institutionalisation of Australian literary studies... the emergence of counter currents: and the belated impact of post—structuralist theories—not least via the rapid impact of cultural studies since the early 1980s.' Source: Modern Australian Criticism and Theory (2010)
(p. 67-94)
Post Colonialism and Literary Criticism in Australia, Leigh Dale , single work criticism
'In this essay I want to lay out the context for the development of the study of post-colonial literatures and post-colonial reading strategies, then move on to consider in a little more detail some significant aspects of the field in its early form. I will conclude by examining the effects of post-colonial criticism on ways of reading the work of three Australian writers: Judith Wright, Randolph Stow, and Patrick White' (95).
(p. 95-105)
Australian Feminism : Women Writers and Literary Studies, Susan Sheridan , single work criticism (p. 106-113)
A Critique of Ecocriticism : The Ecological in Australian Literature and Criticism, Tony Hughes-d'Aeth , single work criticism (p. 114-125)
Australian Indigenous Studies: A Question of Discipline, Martin Nakata , single work criticism essay (p. 126-135)
Reading by Numbers : Gender, Class, Education and Literary Culture in Australia, Tony Bennett , John Frow , Michael Emmison , single work criticism
This article examines reading practices and preferences of men and women, and the often gender-based different approaches, motivations and expectations.
(p. 150-172)
Postcolonial 'Testimonio' : Reading Aboriginal Narratives, Pramod K. Nayar , single work criticism (p. 173-181)
Aboriginal Poetry Now : From Dramatic Monologue to Hip Hop and Rap!, Penny Van Toorn , single work criticism (p. 182-192)
Coffee Colouredi"Why do you call me your coffee-coloured girl,", Anita Heiss , single work poetry (p. 183)

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