The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature by Elizabeth Webby

The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature

Elizabeth Webby
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  • ISBN
    9780521658430 / 0521658438
  • Title The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature
  • Author Elizabeth Webby
  • Category Literary Studies: General
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2000
  • Pages 352
  • Publisher
    Cambridge University Press
  • Imprint Cambridge University Press
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 152mm x 20mm x 229mm

Annotation

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.

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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.

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'... the revolutionary ways in which Australian literary critics and writers have responded to the 'arrival' of feminism, postmodernism, postcolonialism and queer theory have created an exciting, complex and confident field of criticism - one that is given vibrant expression in The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature.' Mary Ellen, Times Literary Supplement

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