The Cambridge Companion to Australian 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, as well as by geographical and environmental factors. It covers Indigenous texts, colonial writing and reading, poetry, fiction and theatre throughout two centuries, biography and autobiography, and literary criticism in Australia. Other features of the companion are a chronology listing significant historical and literary events, and suggestions for further reading. It will be an indispensable reference for both national and international readers."--BOOK JACKET.
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Chronology
Introduction 1
1 Indigenous texts and narratives 19
2 Colonial writers and readers 50
3 Poetry from the 1890s to 1970 74
4 Fiction from 1900 to 1970 105
5 Theatre from 1788 to 1960s 134
6 Contemporary poetry: across party lines 158
7 New narrations: contemporary fiction 183
8 New stages: contemporary theatre 209
9 From biography to autobiography 232
10 Critics, writers, intellectuals: Australian literature and its criticism 258
Further reading 294
Index 300
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