The novel, the implicated reader and Australian literary cultures, 1950-2008

Nile, Richard, and Ensor, Jason (2009) The novel, the implicated reader and Australian literary cultures, 1950-2008. In: Pierce, Peter, (ed.) The Cambridge History of Australian Literature. Cambridge University Press , Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 517-548.

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The origins of the novel and the settlement of Australia may both be located within the historical convergence of European industrialisation, colonisation and the Enlightenment in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The first 'Australian novel' was published anonymously in 1831, when the transported forger Henry Savery wrote Quintus Servinton: A Tale Founded upon Incidents of Real Occurrence. Embedded within the concept of Australian literature is a deeply held assumption that the Australian novel is closely associated with the experience of being Australian. The Miles Franklin Award, which would ultimately become Australia's most prestigious and sought-after literary prize, was inaugurated in 1957. Until this time, the only award of any national significance was the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal for Australian Literature. In the 1950s and 60s, Arthur Upfield, Frank Clune and Jon Cleary became some of the few writers able to make a living writing novels.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
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FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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