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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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Index Aboriginals: as archetypes, 29, 137, 152, 170, 240; as characters, 44, 130, 132, 137, 138, 141, 146, 160, 166-167; compared to other indigenes, 125, 247n. 1; gender, 125; genocide, 71, 147, 149, 150- 152, 240; and Australian government, 150, 160; initiation rites of, 109, 143; and landscape, 130,134,137,155, 160,229,234; languages of 125, 159; marriage with whites, 78, 109, 142, 193; noble savage myth and, 73; patterns of living among, 144, 163; religion and beliefs, 92, 126, 127, 133, 136, 155, 156, 157, 192, 193; and G. A. Robinson, 71, 149-152; and sexuality46, 137, 148, 151, 156, 157, 192, 193; skills of, 59, 124, 131,136,138, 139,248n.3; transfer of knowledge to whites by, 46, 102, 109, 131, 140, 155, 162, 163, 192, 218, 240; viewpoints of, 68,74-77,92.103.151,160,163, 245n. 12, 248n. 3; and violence, 71, 125,144-146,161,162, 165,249n. 7; white attitudes toward, 130, 135, 154, 240, 245n. 10; and white authority, 123, 124. 131, 140, 160; white observation of 3, 4, 7. 11, 69, 124. 133, 142-144. 147, 148, 184, 248n. 6; and white symbolism, 46, 73, 128, 140, 141, 142, 145, 151, 152. 170 American literature, 13, 14, 19. 43, 47, 172, 191 Anderson, Jessica, 62, 239, 244n. 4 Andrews, Barry, 113 Animals, 51, 54, 73,165,203 Axchetypes,29, 31, 79,169,180,196, 200,204,221,227,235; Aboriginal29, 137, 152, 170, 240; bushfire, 34, 35; Australian, in contrast with other national, 43; convict...

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