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17 - When the Twain Meet

The Australian Novelist in Asia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 June 2023

David Carter
Affiliation:
University of Queensland
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From the nineteenth century to the present and covering a range of novelistic styles, Australians have sought imaginative possibilities in the Asia Pacific region. This chapter draws upon an extensive database of Australian writing on Asia to map the variety and range of Australian fiction set in or dealing with Asia. Main genres include invasion novels, which date from the late nineteenth century; a growing body of popular fiction, drawing at first on Asian settings and later employing Asian characters; fiction drawing on narratives of travel; and explorations of Australia’s evolving identity as a predominantly white nation in an Asian region. This chapter is structured around seven key texts which illustrate key themes and modes of writing.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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