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Note: General editor, Nicholas Jose.
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature
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'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

Notes

  • Launched in Sydney, New South Wales by Quentin Bryce, 30 July 2009. Followed by a celebratory event at Gleebooks, Glebe, New South Wales, 31 July 2009 and a one-day symposium, 'Australian Literary Futures', Dixson Room, State Library of NSW, 1 August 2009.

  • Launched by Clive James at Australia House, London, on 22 September 2009 and by Deputy Prime Ministher Julia Gillard at the Australian Embassy, Washington DC, United States of America, 7 October 2009.
  • Each entry is preceded by a short biographical introduction.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature : General Introduction, Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work essay (p. 1-6)
Aboriginal Literature, Anita Heiss , Peter Minter , 2009 single work criticism (p. 7-13)
Literature to 1900, Elizabeth Webby , 2009 single work criticism (p. 15-21)
Literature 1900-1950, Nicole Moore , 2009 single work criticism (p. 23-30)
Fiction and Drama from 1950, Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2009 single work criticism (p. 31-40)
Poetry and Non-Fiction from 1950, David McCooey , 2009 single work criticism (p. 41-48)
From : Journal of a First Fleet Surgeon, George B. Worgan , 2009 extract diary travel (p. 51-56)
From : A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, Watkin Tench , 2009 extract prose travel (p. 56-60)
Letter to Mr Philips, Lord Sydney's Steward, Bennelong , 2009 single work correspondence

A letter written by Bennelong in 1796.

(p. 60-61)
Letter to Brigid Kingdon, Elizabeth Macarthur , 2009 single work correspondence (p. 61-63)
From : A Voyage to Terra Australis, Matthew Flinders , 2009 extract prose (p. 63-65)
Kangarooi"Kangaroo! Kangaroo!", Barron Field , 1819 single work poetry The Kangaroo (p. 66-67)
Note: With title: The Kangaroo
The Native's Lamenti"Oh! Where are the wilds I once sported among,", Anonymous (fl. 1826) , 1826 single work poetry (p. 68-69)
From : The Hermit in Van Diemen's Land, Simon Stukeley , 2009 extract essay (p. 69-72)
A Swan River Ecloguei"Though the classical bards, to cajole us,", Anonymous (fl. 1830) , 1830 single work poetry (p. 73-75)
Jim Jones at Botany Bayi"O listen for a moment, lads, and hear me tell my tale,", 1907 single work poetry Jim Jones (p. 75-76)
From : Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Charles Sturt , 2009 extract diary (p. 76-80)
The Aboriginal Motheri"Oh! hush thee - hush my baby,", Eliza Hamilton Dunlop , 1838 single work poetry The Aboriginal Mother (from Myall's Creek) (p. 81-83)
Note: With title: The Aboriginal Mother (from Myall's Creek)
A Convict's Tour to Helli"You prisoners of New South Wales,", Francis MacNamara , 1839 single work poetry satire
For discussion of the various versions of this poem and the history of its compilation see Frank the Poet by Meredith and Whalen (1979). Several manuscript versions exist in the Mitchell library - ML MSS 7266, A 649, A 807 and C 967 (digitised copy: of this available)
(p. 83-89)
The Convict's Arrivali"I am a native of the land of Erin, and lately banished from that lovely shore;", Francis MacNamara , 1899 single work poetry (p. 89-91)
Note: With title: Moreton Bay. Attributed to 'Anonymous'.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      W. W. Norton ,
      2009 .
      Alternative title: The Literature of Australia
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Tom Keneally.
      ISBN: 9780393072617 (clothbound), 9780393934663 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

New Cultural Landscapes : Australian Narratives in Literature and Film Eduardo Marks de Marques , Anelise R. Corseuil , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ilha Do Desterro : A Journal of English Language , vol. 69 no. 2 2016;
'Australia. Terra Australis Incognita. Even before its official finding by Captain James Cook in 1770, the “land down under” already circulated in the European imagination. The giant mass of land necessary to balance a flat Earth (as antipodal to Europe) could only be home to a great many monstrous fauna and flora, as it was also the cultural counterpart to Europe. However, giant one-eyed monsters and sea serpents were not found by Captain Cook upon his arrival on Botany Bay, now part of Sydney. By declaring the land terra nullius, Cook ignored the many Aboriginal communities that had lived in Australia for over 75,000 years and such act has given way to one of the core elements in the development of Australian culture and history: the relationship between whites and Aborigines in the development of the nation.' (Introduction)
Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures Jared Thomas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This essay undertakes a detailed discussion of how respecting protocols for representing Indigenous cultures supports the interests of Indigenous communities and producers of stories with Indigenous content. To highlight the importance of Indigenous protocols I review the prominence and reception of Aboriginal stories in Australian film and literature and discuss how protocol guidelines can prevent problematic representations. I demonstrate how protocols influenced writing Calypso Summer (2014), a novel exploring issues relating to my cultural group, the Nukunu, to illustrate the challenges encountered and benefits gained from employing Indigenous representation protocols. ' (Author's introduction)
An “Infinitely Flexible” Space : Reading Michael Dransfield’s “Courland Penders” Poems through the Neobaroque and Dobrez’s Theory of “The Pouch” Michael Farrell , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 1 2013; (p. 138-154)

This essay 'seeks to find new ways to address Australian poetry, through the example of Michael Dransfield, a controversially significant poet.' (139)

[Essay] : Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Elizabeth Webby , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: Reading Australia 2013;

'What is an anthology? The term comes from two Greek words meaning ‘flower’ and ‘collection’. Anthologies, then, are collections of what their editors think are the best examples of a particular art form, whether they are love poems, paintings of animals or great speeches. Since terms like ‘best’ and ‘greatest’ are highly subjective, especially when applied to literary works, an editor’s choice is never going to please everyone. There is always a tension, too, between what readers might expect to find in a particular anthology and its editor’s wish to not just repeat the obvious, but add a few surprises.' (Introduction)

Museum Mentality Who Killed Australian Literature? Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 8-9)
A Guide to Discovering Texts for Our Times Bruce Bennett , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 August 2009; (p. 13)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
There's Life in the Corpus Yet Ivor Indyk , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 4 no. 7 2009; (p. 6-7)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Timely Cure for an Identity Crisis Peter Pierce , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 August 2009; (p. 28-29) The Age , 15 August 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Obscuring the Heritage: Regrettable Omissions in the New National Anthology Peter Craven , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 314 2009; (p. 7-8)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Dream Time Fiona Gruber , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 5 February no. 5575 2010; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 July 2009; (p. 26)
Australian Literature and the Missing Body Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 313 2009; (p. 22-24)
'The general editor of a major new anthology describes its genesis and scope.' (Editor's abstract)
All Our Own Work Nicholas Jose , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 July 2009; (p. 10-11)
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 July 2009; (p. 30)
A column canvassing current literary news including some brief comments about the launch of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and the results of the 2008 Prime Minister's Prize for History.
Anthology Honours WA Writers William Yeoman , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 July 2009; (p. 9)
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