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The Australian Novel 1830-1980

A Thematic Introduction

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John Scheckter

This volume introduces the reader to a powerful and rewarding territory: the Australian novel. Both drawing from and rebelling against the power of Europe. Australian writers asserted from the beginning that experience «down under» demands thorough observation and thoughtful expression. Exploration of the vast land, framed by the horrors of penal establishment and challenged by encounters with Aboriginal cultures, produced novels of irony and expectation, cynicism and celebration - works that demonstrate the flexibility and unflinching clarity that remain characteristically Australian down to the postcolonial present.

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Introduction 1 1 The Origin of Species 9 2 The Agenbite of Outback 37 3 Criminal Elements 81 4 A Glass Darkly 123 5 The End of the Rainbow 169 6 Matriculation 213 Notes 243 Works Cited 251 Index 269 This page intentionally left blank

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