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Un-Australian Fictions

Nation, Multiculture(alism) and Globalisation, 1988-2008

Author(s): Eleni Pavlides

Book Description

Un-Australian Fictions sets out to analyse a subset of Australian literary fictions published between 1988 and 2008 – from the bicentenary of British settlement to the global financial crisis and into a new millennium. During a new transnational era, Australians faced sober and unsettling times. Already accorded the status of national obsession, issues of national identity were vigorously contested. Concepts such as the nation, multiculturalism and globalisation became topics for heated discussion in the public sphere. Australia’s literary communities were not immune or isolated from these ongoing discussions. The “un-Australian fictions” which this book studies represent the challenges which these texts, in their own unique way, bring to the Australian national ethos and the national mythology, which is predicated on traditions such as masculism; a bush ethos; the pre-eminence of white colonial settlement; connectedness to an imaginative European geography; as well as an unbreakable tie to Britain. As un-Australian fictions, these texts reflect the destabilisation of what were once certain, spatial and psychic borders and orders of Australianness. They affect as well as reflect, the wider conversation that continues today about what being Australian means in a new millennium.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4339-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4339-3
Date of Publication: 01/02/2013
Pages / Size: 295 / A5
Price: £44.99


Dr Eleni Pavlides is a University Associate with the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. She is a is a playwright, performer and literary critic who studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and was awarded her PhD in 2011 from the University of Western Australia.