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Australian melodramas : Thomas Keneally's fiction

Author: Peter Pierce
Publisher: St Lucia, Qld., Australia : University of Queensland Press ; Portland, Or. : Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services, 1995.
Series: UQP studies in Australian literature.
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This first comprehensive critical study of Keneally's work concentrates on his many novels, but covers plays and nonfiction as well. It also analyses the vexed and often bitter academic reception that Keneally has endured, which in turn illuminates crucial aspects of Australian cultural history, not least as regards the Aborigines and the republican movement. Thomas Keneally is the writer most attuned to the  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas Keneally; Thomas Keneally
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Pierce
ISBN: 0702228133 9780702228131
OCLC Number: 33330502
Description: xvi, 202 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: "The critics made me" --
Convicts and gaolers: Bring larks and heroes and The playmaker --
Aborigines: The chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and Flying hero class --
War --
"Antarcticide": The survivor and A victim of the aurora --
Ireland and the Irish --
Australian melodramas.
Series Title: UQP studies in Australian literature.
Other Titles: Thomas Keneally's fiction
Responsibility: Peter Pierce.

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This first comprehensive critical study of Keneally's work concentrates on his many novels, but covers plays and nonfiction as well. It also analyses the vexed and often bitter academic reception that Keneally has endured, which in turn illuminates crucial aspects of Australian cultural history, not least as regards the Aborigines and the republican movement. Thomas Keneally is the writer most attuned to the melodramatic temper and genius of Australian literary culture. His characters inhabit a world where moral bearings have been lost, the innocent are preyed upon by the malevolent, and dichotomies are ruthlessly insisted upon - between Europeans and Aborigines, English and Irish, convicts and gaolers, rich and poor. In the agitated and polarised terrain of Keneally's fiction, moral choices are extreme matters, the fates of individuals and of nations lie in perpetual jeopardy.

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