Australian literature

McLaren, John (1972) Australian literature. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


Contains a study on the Australian writing, examining its features and motifs. The mainstream of tradition in Australian literature since the 1890's has usually been seen as being nationalist, democratic and realist. Before this time, writers were concerned with the exotic and the utopian, but in general they continued to see this country through European eyes, either socially or topographically. But once Lawson and Paterson arrived in the pages of the Bulletin, the bushman joined the bush and Australian literature was born. The values of outbackery reigned from that time until Patrick White started to question them with a view which was both more realistic and more visionary than any of his predecessors.

Item type Other
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Current > Collections > McLaren Papers
Keywords Australian literature, utopianism, vitalism, literary realism, fiction, novels, MCLAREN-BOXB17-DOC2
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