'The Cambridge History of Australian Literature ... spans Australian literary history from colonial origins, encompassing indigenous and migrant literatures, as well as representations of Asia and the Pacific and the role of literary culture in modern Australian society. Bringing together a distinguished line-up of contributors, this volume explores each of the literary modes in an Australian context, including short story, poetry, children's literature, autobiography and fiction. This book is an essential reference for general readers and specialists alike.' (From the publisher's website.)
* Contents derived from the Cambridge,Cambridgeshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe,Europe,:Port Melbourne,South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area,Melbourne - Inner South,Melbourne,Victoria,:Cambridge University Press,2009 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'This chapter seeks to discuss British (especially English) literature, ideas and literary conventions in a way that underlines their pre-emptive importance for colonial Australian writing, while acknowledging the possibility of their reconstitution or reformation in local and colonial conditions, and also within international, imperial, or global contexts that bear upon the British-colonial connection.' (8)
This chapter traces 'the importation of books, the growth of libraries and literary societies, the beginnings of local publishing and the influence of educational institutions, including mechanics' institutes and universities.'
This chapter looks at practices of literacy in Indigenous cultures after the arrival of the Europeans. It includes the sections: Literacy and the Stolen Generation; What did Aboriginal people read and write?; Colonial fantasies of Aboriginal voices in poetry and prose; Bennelong, Biraban, and Benjamin: early Indigenous authors of alphabetic writing; Early Aboriginal authorship and traditional Indigenous law; Hidden cultures of literacy; and Words for writing.
This chapter examines the popular and the learned/literary streams of colonial poetry and its representatives. Harpur, Kendall and Gordon are given separate sections, and there are sections on colonial subject matter and poetic forms, and on translation and satire.
Discusses writing between the world wars and the perception of Australia emerging from it. Includes the subsections: Naturalising the saga;Facts and fictions; National self-respect; Banning and disparaging; Little magazines and anthologies; Conclusion: disgruntled patriotism, acrid optimism.
This chapter gives attention to individual short story writers and collections or their work from the 1890s to about 1950 and 'their literary, geographic and historical contexts'. Special attention is given to newspaper and periodical publications as well as books, and responses to them by readers and critics, including the issue of quality judgements and commercial considerations. Subsections include: Predecessors, 1850s to 1880s; The 1890s legend revisited; National and international influences: The Bulletin and Louis Becke; Australian pasts revisited: Ernest Favenc, Price Warung; Lawson and legend; Expatriate writers, editors; Humour and nostalgia: Steele Rudd's selectors; Immigrants and travellers; Indigenous pioneer: David Unaipon; Realists and romantics: Katharine Susannah Prichard and Vance Palmer; Women at crossroads: Richardson, Stead, Barnard; Men at work: Herbert, Casey, Davison, Marshall; Looking backwards and forwards: Peter Cowan.
An overview of Australian plays and theatres from the mid-nineteenth to the mid twentieth century. Includes the subsections: The discovery of a voice; The coming of the cinema; New theatres, little theatres.
Includes colonial autobiographical writing, writing on childhood, education, and place, the rise of minority forms of autobiography '... centred on shifting ideas of identity (national and personal) and ongoing crises... ' (332) including testimonial and trauma writing, and autobiography in the public sphere.
History, Literature and Creative Writing : A New DimensionFfion Murphy,
2011single work criticism — Appears in:
42011;(p. 31-49)'This paper glances at two major recent works - an anthology and a history - to preface its speculation that future publications of these kinds will need to address a significant transformation of the Australian literary landscape: tor the past two to three decades the way literatures is fostered and produced in Australia has been changing...' (32)
The Forest and its UndergrowthJohn McLaren,
2010single work criticism — Appears in:
1992010;(p. 80-85)John McLaren writes on the ordering of Australian literature in The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and the statement this makes about the place of Aboriginal writing within it.
Impossible Literary HistoriesNicole Moore,
2010single work criticism — Appears in:
Australian Literary Studies,Octobervol.
32010;(p. 49-60)'The extent to which a notional Australia is at stake in new ventures in Australian literary history is ... a timely and productive question. These three new titles present quite varied versions of both literary history and any proffered "Australia", reflecting at once the current state of the field and the impulses galvanising literary endeavour in different quarters' (p.50-51).