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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... vol. 26 no. 3-4 October - November 2011 of Australian Literary Studies est. 1963 Australian Literary Studies
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Special issue based on papers presented at the symposium 'Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism' held at the University of Wollongong, January 2010.


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* Contents derived from the 2011 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism : Introduction, Louise D'Arcens , Stephanie Trigg , Andrew Lynch , single work criticism (p. 1-5)
Marvellous Melbourne's Middle Ages : The Burlesque Extravaganzas of W. M. Akhurst, Andrew Lynch , single work criticism
'Lynch's exploration of nineteenth-century Australian burlesque argues that while colonial Australia participated in a larger irreverent, comic culture of popular medievalism, its apparent irreverence toward the Middle Ages sometimes in fact belied a nagging sense that modern Australian public life could only be a base parody of an illustrious European past ('Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism', p.4)
(p. 36-53)
Dreaming of the Middle Ages : The Place of 'mitterlalterlich' and Socialist Awareness in Christina Stead's Early Fiction, Michael Ackland , single work criticism (p. 54-68)
Meta-Medievalism and the Future of the Past in the 'Australian Girl' Novel, Louise D'Arcens , single work criticism

'Through an examination of works by four late nineteenth-century women writers ... which explores their differing intersections with medievalism as a temporal discourse, this essay will discuss the discourse's unique capacity to probe colonial gender and colonial ideologies via its oscillation between premodernity and modernity' (p.70).

(p. 69-85)
'Are We the Future of the Past?' : Gothic Pasts, Gothic Futures, and Imaginary Lives, Peter Otto , single work criticism
'Peter Otto's essay ... argues that the novel's temporal frame, and its evocation of a species of Gothicism, challenges conventional periodisation' (p.4). The author argues that 'the space of engagement conjured by our ... slow reading of An Imaginary Life , offers an important allegory of the situation of white Australians. Read in these terms, it suggests just how important it might be for white Australians, temporarily, to resist the urge to belong, and that they might not want to become the 'final man', the 'white aborigine', that their own past has dreamed' (p.100).
(p. 86-101)
Grievous Music : Randolph Stow's Middle Ages, Melanie Duckworth , single work criticism (p. 102-114)
The Return of the Fairy : Australian Medievalist Fantasy for the Young, Clare Bradford , single work criticism (p. 115-132)
'Cutting off the Head of the King' : Sovereignty, Feudalism, Fantasy, Kim Wilkins , single work criticism (p. 133-146)

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