Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature

by Nathanael O'Reilly

Table of Contents


Introduction: Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature (Nathanael O’Reilly)

Chapter 1: Reading Post-Colonial Australia (Bill Ashcroft)

Chapter 2: Jack Lindsay, Patrick White, and Postcolonial Medievalism (Nicholas Birns)

Chapter 3: The Postcolonial Nature of an Australian Regional Literature (Per Henningsgaard)

Chapter 4: ‘Thick with Coded Testaments’: Representations of Postcolonial Space in Janette Turner Hospital’s Oyster (Nicholas Dunlop)

Chapter 5: Spaces of Hybridity: Creating a Sense of Belonging through Spatial Awareness (Lesley Hawkes)

Chapter 6: The Unbearable (Im)Possibility of Belonging: Andrew McGahan’s The White Earth (Martina Horakova)

Chapter 7: The Sorry Novels: Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda, Greg Matthews’ The Wisdom of Stones and Kate Grenville’s The Secret River (Rebecca Weaver-Hightower)

Chapter 8: Need I Repeat?: Settler Colonial Biopolitics and Postcolonial Iterability in Kim Scott’s Benang (Michael R. Griffiths)

Chapter 9: Negotiating Subjectivity: Indigenous Feminist Praxis and the Politics of Aboriginality in Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise and Melissa Lucashenko’s Steam Pigs (Tomoko Ichitani)

Chapter 10: “[P]eople Often Judged by What They Feared or Knew Existed in Themselves”: A Postcolonial Critique of Disability in Elizabeth Jolley’s The Well (Katie Ellis)

Chapter 11: Revisiting Australia: Historical Fabrications, Telling Histories/Stories and Other Colonial Delusions in Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake (Sarah Zapata)

Chapter 12: The Postcolonial Screen: Elaborate Forgeries in Rodney Hall’s The Second Bridegroom (Peter Mathews)

Chapter 13: Colonial Knowledge, Post-Colonial Poetics (Lyn McCredden)


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