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The Australian Novel 1830-1980

A Thematic Introduction


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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Studies in World Literature in English Norman R. Cary, Editor The series encompasses cnt1c1sm of modern English-language literature from outside the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland, concentrating on literature by writers from Canada, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. Submissions are invited concerning fiction, poetry, drama, and literary theory. Peter Lang Publishing Acquisitions Dept. 516 N. Charles St., 2nd Floor Baltimore, MD 21201 This page intentionally left blank

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