Unsettling Stories: Settler Postcolonialism and the Short Story Composite
The first study of the synergies between postcolonialism and the genre of the short story composite, Unsettling Stories considers how the form of the interconnected short story collection is well suited to expressing thematic aspects of postcolonial writing on settler terrain. Unique for its comparative considerations of American, Canadian, and Australian literature within the purview of postcolonial studies, this is also a considered study of the difficult place of the postcolonial settler subject within academic debates and literature. Close readings of work by Tim Winton, Margaret Laurence, William Faulkner, Stephen Leacock, Sherwood Anderson, Olga Masters, Scott R. Sanders, Thea Astley, Tim O’Brien and Sandra Birdsell are positioned alongside critical discussions of postcolonial theory to show how awkward affiliations of individuals to place, home, nation, culture, and history expressed in short story composites can be usefully positioned within the broader context of settler colonialism and its aftermath.
Victoria Kuttainen is a lecturer at James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia, where she teaches classes on the short story and postcolonial literature. She has published on trauma fiction, the tensions between history and fiction, and fantasies of domestic containment in postcolonial Australia. She holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia and an MA and BA Hons from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
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