Australian Literature: An Anthology of Writing from the Land Down Under

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Spanning more than a century, Australian Literature crystallizes a spirit, style, and ethos found nowhere else in world literature. These captivating selections in Australian Literature come from major voices, both famous and lesser known, and encompass short stories, memoirs, novels and aboriginal writings. Resonant or wryly witty, charming or disturbing, they explore themes deeply rooted in the Australian experience - shaping the land, the legacies of the convict past, the displacement of the aborigine, the ...
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Overview

Spanning more than a century, Australian Literature crystallizes a spirit, style, and ethos found nowhere else in world literature. These captivating selections in Australian Literature come from major voices, both famous and lesser known, and encompass short stories, memoirs, novels and aboriginal writings. Resonant or wryly witty, charming or disturbing, they explore themes deeply rooted in the Australian experience - shaping the land, the legacies of the convict past, the displacement of the aborigine, the search for a national identity, sex, love, and commitment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345368003
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/16/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,136,284
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I The Idea of the Bush 1
The Drover's Wife 3
The Chosen Vessel 13
The Loaded Dog 21
From The Tree of Man 29
The Night We Watched for Wallabies 41
A Gentleman's Agreement 45
II Images of Australia 53
The Aboriginal Experience 55
Northern Belle 57
The Cooboo 71
From Dr. Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World 77
Going Home 89
From Wanamurraganya: The Story of Jack McPhee 101
The Convict 105
Breaking a Man's Spirit (From His Natural Life) 107
Absalom Day's Promotion 113
The Search for a National Identity 129
The First Days In the Trenches (From A Fortunate Life) 131
From The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea 143
The Kyogle Line 157
American Dreams 165
III Relationships 177
Willy-wagtails by Moonlight 179
A Good Marriage 191
Civilization and Its Discontents 201
The Train Will Shortly Arrive 211
Two Hanged Women 229
Brown Seaweed and Old Fish Nets (From For Love Alone) 235
The Woman at the Window 247
A Woman with Black Hair 259
Blood and Water 267
Notes 278
About the Authors 281
Suggested Readings 296
Glossary 298
Permissions Acknowledgments 303
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