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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature

ISBN 9780367643560
Published December 23, 2020 by Routledge
470 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In recent years, Australian literature has experienced a revival of interest both domestically and internationally. The increasing prominence of work by writers like Christos Tsiolkas, heightened through television and film adaptation, as well as the award of major international prizes to writers like Richard Flanagan, and the development of new, high-profile prizes like the Stella Prize, have all reinvigorated interest in Australian literature both at home and abroad. This Companion emerges as a part of that reinvigoration, considering anew the history and development of Australian literature and its key themes, as well as tracing the transition of the field through those critical debates. It considers works of Australian literature on their own terms, as well as positioning them in their critical and historical context and their ethical and interactive position in the public and private spheres. With an emphasis on literature’s responsibilities, this book claims Australian literary studies as a field uniquely positioned to expose the ways in which literature engages with, produces and is produced by its context, provoking a critical re-evaluation of the concept of the relationship between national literatures, cultures, and histories, and the social function of literary texts.

Table of Contents

Introduction Australian Literature, Companionship, and Viral Responsibility

Jessica Gildersleeve

Section A: Literature in the Colony

Chapter 1 Expressing a New Civilisation: Authorship, Publishing and Reading in the 1890s

Roger Osborne

Chapter 2 The Redemption of the Larrikin at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Michelle J Smith

Chapter 3 The Metropolis or the Bush?

Megan Brown

Chapter 4 The Weeping Kangaroo

Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver

Section B: Early Twentieth-Century Australia

Chapter 5 The Reflective Moment: Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Australia

Susan Carson

Chapter 6 Among the Autumn Authors: Books and Writers in Interwar Australian Magazines

Sarah Galletly and Victoria Kuttainen

Chapter 7 ‘Caterpillars of the Commonwealth’: Dangerous Books in Australia

Francesca Rendle-Short

Chapter 8 ‘Mad, Muddy, Mess of Eels’: Modern Theatre and Patrick White’s Sensuous Dramaturgy

Janet McDonald

Section C: Contemporary Australia

Chapter 9 ‘Are You With Me?’ Offensiveness and Australian Drama in the 1970s

Julian Meyrick and Jenny Fewster

Chapter 10 Around 1988: Australian Literature, History and the Bicentenary

Eduardo Marks de Marques

Chapter 11 Politics and Contemporary Australian Fiction

Nicholas Birns

Chapter 12 Towards a New Direction in Contemporary Criticism: Cognitive Australian Literary Studies

Jean-François Vernay

Section D: Australian Literary Studies in the Public Sphere

Chapter 13 Literary Criticism in Australia

Emmett Stinson

Chapter 14 Obstetric Realism and Sacred Cows: Women Writers and Book Reviewing in Australia

Melinda Harvey and Julieanne Lamond

Chapter 15 Literary Prizes and the Public Sphere

Alexandra Dane

Chapter 16 Literary Media Entertainment: Author Stardom and the Public (Media) Sphere

Della Robinson

Chapter 17 Australian Literature in the University

Leigh Dale

Chapter 18 An Australian Ethics of Reading?

Maggie Nolan

Section E: Australian Literature and the World

Chapter 19 News from Australia: Global Modernism Studies and the Case of Australian Modernism

Melinda J Cooper

Chapter 20 Hijabi-Bodies and Sartorial Strategies

Devaleena Das

Chapter 21 Australian Literature in Asia: China and India

David Carter and Paul Sharrad

Chapter 22 Australian Writing about Asia

David Walker

Section F: Key Themes in Australian Writing

Chapter 23 Turning the Inside Out: Interiority and Australian Fiction

Peter D Mathews

Chapter 24 Gendering Australian Literature

Alison Bartlett

Chapter 25 ‘Silence is My Habitat’: Judith Wright, Writing, and Deafness

Jessica White

Chapter 26 Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australian Literature

Daniel Hourigan

Chapter 27 Into the Urban Labyrinth: Helen Garner and the Drug Narrative

Nycole Prowse

Chapter 28 ‘Something New at Hand’: Australian Literature and the Sacred

Lyn McCredden

Chapter 29 Animal Representative Presence: Problems and Potential in Recent Australian Fiction

Clare Archer-Lean

Chapter 30 Landscape (After Mabo)

Tony Hughes-d’Aeth

Chapter 31 ‘The Extraordinary Behind the Ordinary’: A Brief History of Australian Suburban Literature

Nathanael O’Reilly

Chapter 32 Australian Literature and Everyday Life

Andrew McCann

Chapter 33 Emblematic Spaces: Postcoloniality and the Region

Stephanie Green

Section G: Genre in Australian Literary Studies

Chapter 34 Twenty-First-Century Australian Poetry

Sarah Holland-Batt and Ella Jeffery

Chapter 35 Life Writing and Conflict: Love Wins

Kylie Cardell and Kate Douglas

Chapter 36 Reluctant Wandering: New Mobilities in Contemporary Australian Travel Writing

Kate Cantrell

Chapter 37 Australia’s Long Relationship with Romance

Tanya Dalziell

Chapter 38 Magical Migrations: Australian Fairy Tale Traditions and Practices

Nike Sulway

Chapter 39 Shadows in Paradise: Australian Gothic

Gina Wisker

Chapter 40 Australian Television and Literary Criticism

Susan Lever

Chapter 41 Screen Adaptation and Australian Literature

Karina Aveyard

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Jessica Gildersleeve is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Southern Queensland.