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Australian literature

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Australian Literature

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Nicholas Jose — Continuities over two centuries of Australian literature

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Nicholas Jose — Australian literature in the Macquarie PEN Anthology

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Welcome to Australian Literature

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Australian Literature

Australian literature is the written or literary work produced in the area or by the people of the Commonwealth of Australia and its preceding colonies. During its early Western history, Australia was a collection of British colonies, therefore, its literary tradition begins with and is linked to the broader tradition of English literature. However, the narrative art of Australian writers has, since 1788, introduced the character of a new continent into literature—exploring such themes as Aboriginality, mateship, egalitarianism, democracy, national identity, migration, Australia's unique location and geography, the complexities of urban living, and "the beauty and the terror" of life in the Australian bush.
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  • Overview 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and themes 

  • Early and classic works 

  • Children's literature 

  • Expatriate authors 

  • Other contemporary works and authors 

  • Australian writing in languages other than English 

  • Histories 

  • Writing and identity 

  • Poetry 

  • Plays 

  • Science fiction and fantasy 

  • Crime 

  • Literary journals