The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature

Edited book

Gildersleeve, Jessica (ed.) 2021. The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature. New York, United States. Routledge.
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The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID3137
EditorsGildersleeve, Jessica
Number of Pages449
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
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In recent years, Australian literature has experienced a revival of interest both domestically and internationally. The increasing prominence of work by writers like Christos Tsiolkas, heightened through television and film adaptation, as well as the award of major international prizes to writers like Richard Flanagan, and the development of new, high-profile prizes like the Stella Prize, have all reinvigorated interest in Australian literature both at home and abroad. This Companion emerges as a part of that reinvigoration, considering anew the history and development of Australian literature and its key themes, as well as tracing the transition of the field through those critical debates. It considers works of Australian literature on their own terms, as well as positioning them in their critical and historical context and their ethical and interactive position in the public and private spheres. With an emphasis on literature’s responsibilities, this book claims Australian literary studies as a field uniquely positioned to expose the ways in which literature engages with, produces and is produced by its context, provoking a critical re-evaluation of the concept of the relationship between national literatures, cultures, and histories, and the social function of literary texts.

Keywordsliterature; literary criticism; literary companions; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450109. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature, journalism and professional writing
360505. Screen media
360403. Drama, theatre and performance studies
470502. Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
360501. Cinema studies
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
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