The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
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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. It will be an indispensable reference for both national and international readers. It covers Indigenous texts, colonial writing and reading, poetry, fiction and theater throughout two centuries, biography and autobiography, and literary criticism in Australia.
Melbourne, and - as in "Out Here" - plot is secondary to voice and characterisation. Ten long monologues are realised within Wearne's idiosyncratic style, giving the work the paradoxical effect of being both many voices and one voice. The Nightmarkets is also paradoxical in being a factitious, formalised kind of naturalism. The stories about sex, politics and work are naturalist in that, like autobiographical narratives, they are interconnected but eschew teleology. Like Duggan, Wearne
narrative, as when "Rain" worries over coherence and closure (though this also may be parodic). But the tale's trick ending radically undermines our reading of it, suggesting the instability of all narration (especially when confessional). After thirty years as a "difficult" poet, a number of Tranter's interests are discernible: childhood, popular culture, violence and the poetic sequence. What has become increasingly clear is how these interests are styled through an idiom both demotic and
number of poet-publishers who continues the merging between writer and producer that characterised the Generation of '68. Others include Adamson (Big Smoke and Paper Bark); Kevin Pearson (Black Pepper); Kinsella (Folio); and Ian Templeman (Molonglo). With Hemensley's Melbourne bookshop, Collected Works, they represent (despite difficulties) an active, independent spirit in Australian poetry publishing and bookselling. Changes in technology are obviously important. Home computing, desktop
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though "God Save the Queen" again became the national anthem. Aboriginal land rights were granted over twenty percent of the Northern Territory. University tuition remained free and the 1970s saw a large upsurge in the numbers of mature age students, especially 14 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 Introduction women. Equal pay for women spread in the work force, the Family Court was established and femocrats were still influential in government policy development.