The Cambridge Companion to the Australian Novel


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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.

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This book provides a clear, lively, and accessible guide to the complex histories and vital present of the Australian novel.

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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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