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Remaking an ‘Old Tradition's Magic’: The Irish Strain in Early Queensland Writing

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 May 2013

Belinda McKay
Patrick Buckridge
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The themes of cultural dislocation and the struggle to feel ‘at home’ in a new land figure prominently in Australian literature, and considerable critical attention has been devoted to the distinctive articulations of these preoccupations by well-known writers of Irish birth or descent, such as Victor Daley, Bernard O'Dowd and John O'Brien. Queensland's Irish writers, however, have been largely forgotten or overlooked — both individually and as a group.

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