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The Cambridge Companion to the Australian Novel

Nicholas Birns (New York University) Louis Klee (University of Cambridge)



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Cambridge University Press
02 March 2023
The Cambridge Companion to the Australian Novel provides a clear, lively, and accessible account of the novel in Australia. The chapters of this book survey significant issues and developments in the Australian novel, offer historical and conceptual frameworks, and demonstrate what reading an Australian novel looks like in practice. The book begins with novels by literary visitors to Australia and concludes with those by refugees. In between, the reader encounters the Australian novel in its splendid contradictoriness, from nineteenth-century settler fiction by women writers through to literary images of the Anthropocene, from sexuality in the novels of Patrick White to Waanyi writer Alexis Wright's call for a sovereign First Nations literature. This book is an invitation to students, instructors, and researchers alike to expand and broaden their knowledge of the complex histories and crucial present of the Australian novel.

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Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   570g
ISBN:   9781009087582
ISBN 10:   1009087584
Series:   Cambridge Companions to Literature
Pages:   300
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Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: preoccupations of the Australian novel Louis Klee and Nicholas Birns; Part I. Contexts: 1. Presencing: writing in the decolonial space Jeanine Leane; 2. Literary visitors and the Australian novel Brendan Casey; 3. Settler colonial fictions: beyond nationalism and universalism Paul Giles; 4. White writing, indigenous Australia, and the chronotopes of the settler novel Michael Griffiths; 5. Mabo, Mob, and the novel Evelyn Araluen; 6. Publishing the Australian novel Emmett Stinson; Part II. Authorships: 7. 'Rich and Strange': Christina stead and the transnational novel Fiona Morrison; 8. Sexuality in Patrick White's fiction Chen Hong; 9. Constellational form in Gerald Murnane Louis Klee; 10. Helen Garner's house of fiction Brigid Rooney; 11. Alexis Wright's novel activism Lynda Ng; 12. Kim Scott and the doctoral novel Joseph Steinberg; Part III. Futures: 13. The contemporary western Sydney novel Lachlan Brown; 14. First nations transnationalism Declan Fry; 15. Beyond the cosmopolitan: small dangerous fragments Michelle Cahill; 16. Craft and truth: the Australian verse novel Nicholas Birns; 17. Queering Mateship: David Malouf and Christos Tsiolkas Lesley Hawkes and Mark Piccini; 18. Australian fiction in the anthropocene Tony Hughes D'aeth; 19. What is the (Australian) refugee novel? Keyvan Allahyari; Further reading compiled by Joseph Steinberg; Index.

Nicholas Birns teaches at New York University. He is author of The Hyperlocal in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literary Space (2019) and Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Not Yet Dead (2015), among other books. He edited the US-based journal of Australian literature Antipodes from 2001 to 2018. He has published in journal such as Angelaki, Exemplaria, Partial Answers, Victorian Studies, and The Journal of New Zealand Literature, and has reviewed for Modernism/modernity, The New York Times Book Review, and MLQ. Louis Klee is a Junior Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge. He received the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)'s A. D. Hope Prize and the Australian Book Review's Peter Porter Prize. He is also a Juncture Fellowship at the Sydney Review of Books.

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