The Cambridge History of Australian Literature

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 17, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 612 pages
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The Cambridge History of Australian Literature is the most comprehensive volume ever written on Australia's national literature. This authoritative guide 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.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Britains Australia
7
2 The beginnings of literature in colonial Australia
34
3 Early writings by Indigenous Australians
52
4 Australian colonial poetry 17881888
73
5 No place for a book?
93
6 Romantic aftermaths
118
7 Australias Australia
137
14 Representations of Asia
303
15 Autobiography
323
16 Riding on the uncurld clouds
344
17 Publishing patronage and cultural politics
360
18 Theatre from 1950
391
19 The short story since 1950
419
20 Scribbling on the fringes
452
21 Groups and mavericks
473

8 The short story 1890s to 1950
156
9 Australian drama 18501950
180
10 New words come tripping slowly
199
11 Australian fiction and the world republic of letters 18901950
223
12 Australias England 18801950
255
13 Australian childrens literature
282
22 The challenge of the novel
498
23 The novel the implicated reader and Australian literary cultures 19502008
517
24 Nation literature location
549
Select bibliography
568
Index
585
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Peter Pierce is Honorary Research Fellow and Professor at the National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University.

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