After the Celebration: Australian Fiction 1989-2007

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Melbourne University Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 292 pages
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After the Celebration explores Australian fiction from 1989 to 2007, after Australia's bicentenary to the end of the Howard government. In this literary history, Ken Gelder and Paul Salzman combine close attention to Australian novels with a vivid depiction of their contexts: cultural, social, political, historical, national and transnational. From crime fiction to the postmodern colonial novel, from Australian grunge to 'rural apocalypse fiction', from the Asian diasporic novel to the action blockbuster, Gelder and Salzman show how Australian novelists such as Frank Moorhouse, Elizabeth Jolley, Peter Carey, Kim Scott, Steven Carroll, Kate Grenville, Tim Winton, Alexis Wright and many others have used their work to chart our position in the world. The literary controversies over history, identity, feminism and gatekeeping are read against the politics of the day. Provocative and compelling, After the Celebration captures the key themes and issues in Australian fiction: where we have been and what we have become.

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Contents

Belonging
19
Historical Fiction and the History Wars
64
Literary Fiction
95
Copyright

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Ken Gelder is professor of literary studies at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction, The Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction, Popular Fiction: The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field, Reading the Vampire, and Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice. Paul Salzman is an associate professor of English literature at La Trobe University. He is the author of Literary Culture in Jacobean England : Reading 1621 and Reading Early Modern Women's Writing. They are the coauthors of The New Diversity: Australian Fiction 1970–1988.

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