Beginning in the last third of the twentieth century, Australian literary and cultural studies underwent a profound transformation to become an important testing ground of new ideas and theories. How do Australian cultural products project a sense of the nation today? How do Australian writers, artists, and film directors imagine the Australian heritage and configure its place in a larger world that extends beyond Australia's shores?
Ranging from the country's colonial beginnings to its more globally oriented present, the nineteen essays by distinguished scholars working on the cutting edge of the field present a multi-faceted view of the vast land down under. A central theme is the relation of cultural products to nature and history. Issues explored include problems of race and gender, colonialism and postcolonialism, individual and national identity, subjective experience and international connections. Among others, the essays treat major authors such as Peter Carey, David Malouf, and Judith Wright.
About the Author
Judith Ryan is the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Harvard University.
Chris Wallace-Crabbe is Professor Emeritus, The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.
Tony Birch teaches writing in the English Department at The University of Melbourne.
David Carter is Director of the Australian Studies Centre, University of Queensland.
Robert Dixon is ARC Professorial Fellow, University of Queensland.
Simon During is Australian Research Professor at the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland.
Lucy Frost is Chair in the Humanities or Social Sciences, University of Tasmania.
Kevin Hart is Professor of English, University of Notre Dame.
Ihab Hassan is an American literary critic.
Brian Henry is an Associate Professor of English, University of Georgia.
Graham Huggan is Professor of English at the University of Leeds.
Gail Jones is Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.
Paul Kane is Poetry Editor of Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature, and Professor of English, Vassar College.
Susan Martin is Senior Lecturer in the English Program, La Trobe University Melbourne.
Frank Moorhouse is a novelist and social commentator.
Stephen Muecke is Cair in Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Andrew Taylor is an Emeritus Professor at the Edith Cowan University, Perth.
Andrew Zawacki is a poet and a co-editor of Verse.