Radical nationalism and socialist realism in Alan Marshall's autobiographical writing

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McLaren, John (2012) Radical nationalism and socialist realism in Alan Marshall's autobiographical writing. Journal of Australian Studies, 36 (2). pp. 229-244. ISSN 1444-3058 (print) 1835-6419 (online)


Alan Marshall's work has either been neglected or has been discussed in the context of its contribution to the Australian identity or as an example of Australian autobiography. This essay examines his early novel and his three directly autobiographical works to argue that he uses his studies of popular Australian values to develop a basis for an inclusive Australian democracy. The argument of the essay is that the socialist realist doctrines of the Realist Writers Group and his bush background influence his choice of voice and form, but that the politics of his work has been overlooked. This, as well as his reputation as a popular author, accounts for the unjust critical neglect of his work.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23233
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2012.673501
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/1444305...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Arts, Education and Human Development Faculty Office
Keywords ResPubID25733, Alan Marshall, radical nationalism, politics, Australia, literature, autobiography, autobiographies, early twentieth century, 20th century
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