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The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature


Part of Cambridge Companions to Literature

Elizabeth Webby, Penny van Toorn, Michael Ackland, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Richard Fotheringham, David McCooey, Delys Bird, May-Brit Akerholt, Gillian Whitlock, David Carter
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  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521658430

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  • This book introduces in a lively and succinct way the major writers, literary movements, styles and genres that, at the beginning of a new century, are seen as constituting the field of 'Australian literature'. The book consciously takes a perspective that sees literary works not as aesthetic objects created in isolation by unique individuals, but as cultural products influenced and constrained by the social, political and economic circumstances of their times, as well as by geographical and environmental factors. It covers indigenous texts, colonial writing and reading, poetry, fiction and theatre throughout two centuries, biography and autobiography, and literary criticism in Australia. Other features of the companion are a chronology listing significant historical and literary events, and suggestions for further reading.

    • Edited by one of Australia's most distinguished scholars of Australian literature
    • Covers Indigenous literature
    • Contains supporting apparatus such as a chronology of historical and literary events, and further reading lists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… the revolutionary ways in which Australian literary critics and writers have responded to the 'arrival' of feminism, postmodernism, postcolonialism and queer theory have created an exciting, complex and confident field of criticism - one that is given vibrant expression in The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature.' Mary Ellen, The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521658430
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Elizabeth Webby
    1. Indigenous texts and narratives Penny van Toorn
    2. Colonial writers and readers Elizabeth Webby
    3. Poetry from the 1890s to 1970 Michael Ackland
    4. Fiction from 1900 to 1970 Kerryn Goldsworthy
    5. Theatre from 1788 to the 1960s Richard Fotheringham
    6. Contemporary poetry: across party lines David McCooey
    7. New narrations: contemporary fiction Delys Bird
    8. New stages: contemporary theatre May-Brit Akerholt
    9. From biography to autobiography Gillian Whitlock
    10. Critics, writers, intellectuals: Australian literature and its criticism David Carter
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    Elizabeth Webby, University of Sydney


    Elizabeth Webby, Penny van Toorn, Michael Ackland, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Richard Fotheringham, David McCooey, Delys Bird, May-Brit Akerholt, Gillian Whitlock, David Carter

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