Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature

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David Callahan
Taylor & Francis, Jan 1, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 183 pages
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The contemporary study of Australian literature, as befitting that of a country that has been at the forefront of postcolonial studies, is a highly self-conscious and theoreticized enterprise, carried on by academics across the globe and not just Australians concerned with asserting their national identity as used to be the case. This volume deals with issues such as the tensions between literary and cultural studies, indigenous autobiography, postcolonial nostalgia, masculinity, the placing of Australia in the Pacific and in Asia, the uses of Australian literature in the United States, and includes the considerations of such widely-studied authors as Mudrooroo, Peter Carey and Patrick White.
 

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Contents

Australian Literary Studies Bushwhacked? David Callahan
1
Mark Davis McKenzie Wark
17
Ethnic Autobiography and the Cult
37
Melancholy in Mudrooroos Dr Wooreddys
63
Abjection and Nationality in Patrick Whites
84
Australian Literature
112
From European Satellite to Asian Backwater? Lars Jensen
133
Australia in Oceania Juniper Ellis
153
Notes on Contributors
173
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David Callahan is cofounder and director of research at the public policy center Demos. The author of five books, he has published articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today, and has been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. He received a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University and lives in New York City.

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