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The Cambridge companion to Australian literature / edited by Elizabeth Webby
Bib ID 2052576
Format BookBook
Description Oakleigh, Vic. : Cambridge University Press, 2000 
xxi, 326 p. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0521651220
0521658438 (paperback)
Series

Cambridge companions to literature

Summary

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.

Full contents
  • Introduction / Elizabeth Webby
  • Chronology
  • 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
 
Notes

Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Australian literature - History and criticism.  |  Australia - In literature.
Other authors/contributors Webby, Elizabeth
Also Titled

Australian literature

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