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Elizabeth Harrower: Critical Essays is the first sustained study of this acclaimed Australian author. It brings together two celebrated novelists and ten noted critics of Australian literature to consider the legacy and continuing importance of this major literary figure.

The essays examine all of Harrower’s published fiction, from her first short story to the long-delayed publication of In Certain Circles in 2014. Together they provide an wide ranging introduction to the extraordinary imaginative and intellectual project of her work. They explore her engagement with twentieth-century history and post-war society, with modernism and modernity, and with the personal impacts of mass media, technology and industry. They demonstrate her grasp of the ethical and philosophical challenges confronting her readers and characters in late modernity as seen from a number of distinctive vantage points including the harbourside mansions and commercial centres of post-war Sydney, the suburbs of industrial Newcastle, and the bed-sitters of expatriate London in the 1960s.

Together they offer new insights into an Australian writer at the crossroads of modernism and postmodernism, inviting readers to read and re-engage with Harrower’s work in a new light.
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About the author

Elizabeth McMahon is an associate professor of Australian literature at the University of New South Wales.

Brigitta Olubas is an associate professor of English at the University of New South Wales.

Robert Dixon is professor of Australian literature at the University of Sydney. He is a general editor in Sydney University Press’ Sydney Studies in Australian Literature series.

Nicholas Birns is associate professor at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts, New York University.

Megan Nash is a PhD candidate and course coordinator at the University of Sydney.

Ivor Indyk is the Whitlam professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.

Michelle de Kretser is an honorary associate of the English department at the University of Sydney.

Fiona McFarlane teaches creative writing at the University of Sydney.

Elizabeth Webby is professor emerita of Australian literature at the University of Sydney.

Brigid Rooney teaches Australian literature at the University of Sydney.

Julian Murphet is Scientia professor in English and film studies at the University of New South Wales.

Kate Livett teaches in the school of arts and media at the University of New South Wales.
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Publisher
Sydney University Press
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Published on
Sep 28, 2017
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9781743325599
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Criticism / Australian & Oceanian
Literary Criticism / General
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