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Australian Literature: An Anthology of Writing from the Land Down Under
Spanning more than a century, Australian Literature crystallizes a spirit, style, and ethos found nowhere else in world literature. These captivating selections in Australian Literature come from major voices, both famous and lesser known, and encompass short stories, memoirs, novels and aboriginal writings. Resonant or wryly witty, charming or disturbing, they explore themes deeply rooted in the Australian experience - shaping the land, the legacies of the convict past, the displacement of the aborigine, the search for a national identity, sex, love, and commitment. From the Trade Paperback edition.
- March 21, 2001
Pieced together in snipets that leave the reader hungering for more, "Australian Literature, An Anthology of Writing from the Land Down Under," ambitiously attempts to collect the works of Aussie writers spanning two centuries and crossing class, gender, and racial lines. Edelson's introduction is invaluable for those who are new to Australian history, providing an excellent context for the works that follow."The Cooboo" by Katharine Prichard and "Wanamurraganya: The Story of Jack McPhee" offer a glimpse into the mythical, troubled, and gritty negotiations of Aboriginal life, their dealings with colonial oppression, and their relationship to the land. "The Chosen Vessel," by Barbara Baynton, depicts a bush culture of misogyny and "Breaking a Man's Spirit," by Marcus Clarke, offers insight into the convict legacy. At first, the stories appear fragmented and unrelated, but as the reader progresses, the unifying themes of suffering,... read more
Excellent celebration of Australia's literary heritage
By Michael J. Mazza
- March 11, 2004
"Australian Literature: An Anthology of Writing from the Land Down Under," edited by Phyllis Fahrie Edelson, contains over 300 pages of literature and supplementary material. Included are a substantial introductory essay, short author biographies, a map of Australia, a glossary of Australian terms, and a list of suggested readings.The anthology is broken down thematically. Part I is "The Idea of the Bush." Part II, "Images of Australia," is further broken down into 3 subsections: "The Aboriginal Experience," "The Convict," and "The Search for a National Identity." Part III is "Relationships." Altogether there is a rich sampling of fiction and autobiographical writing. The anthology covers many themes and ideas: family ties, relations between the people and the land, socioeconomic status, education, Aboriginal culture, gay life, marriage, crime, etc.There are a number of standouts in this overall solid... read more
Aussie Literature - in a nutshell
- June 11, 2008
I am an Australian -- living in California. I am also an English professor. With this combination, I have purchased MANY copies of this book to share with my colleages, students, friends. It offers a great encapsulation of Aussie literature from many different perspectives and I really like the organization, looking at the different parts of the culture. Most Australian kids read Lawson's "bush" tale in grade school. It paints a somewhat romanticized image of the brave "women" of the bush, taking care of the kids, killing snakes, etc., and I'm glad to see it included in this book. But Barbara Baynton's "bush" tale highlights the REAL dangers for women in the "outback" and is an interesting addition to this brief Aussie Canon of literature.
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