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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Essays in Poetry, Mainly Australian : Vincent Buckley and the Question of the National Literature
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'Vincent Buckley's Essays in Poetry, Mainly Australian (1957) was Buckley's major contribution to the formation of an Australian literary canon, particularly one fit for study in the newly emerging academic discipline of Australian literature. This essay examines Essays in the context of both contemporary debates about Australian literature and culture, and the broader religio-cultural approach evident from Buckley's critical writing about Anglo-American literature and criticism as well as his Australian work. It argues that Buckley's ambivalent attitude to Australian literature, and the academic teaching of this literature, needs to be considered in the light of his anxieties about the status and role of romantic and post-romantic poetry in a modern world characterised by a lack of belief in transcendent values.' (Source:

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    y separately published work icon JASAL Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature; Vincent Buckley Special Issue Special Issue 2010 Z1674811 2010 periodical issue

    'This Special Issue of JASAL, derives from the mini-conference 'Vincent Buckley 20 Years After: Life, Work, Politics and Times'. It embraces the life, work, politics and times of Buckley. Taking its cue from the mini-conference, this Special Issue is deliberately multimodal: it reaches out to the many contexts—literary, cultural, historical, and personal—which envelop Buckley's life and work.'

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