Australian culture is in many respects the product of departures. Most obviously it is a creation of the departures effected by emigrants. But there is more to the concept of departures than just travelling or migrating. No culture can survive...
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Australian culture is in many respects the product of departures. Most obviously it is a creation of the departures effected by emigrants. But there is more to the concept of departures than just travelling or migrating. No culture can survive without transforming itself to cope with new challenges. This is why tales of departures in Australia are often narratives of progress, of a groping towards something new and the promise of development, regeneration or reinvention. This fascinating collection of essays will appeal to Australians who want to know how their culture has developed and renewed itself, and to those interested in contemporary writing about Australia. It will help to put Australia's cultural evolution in perspective and to provide, as it were, a map of the channels through which the winds of change are, and have been, blowing.
A collection of essays by various Australian and European authors on a wide range of Australian cultural topics, this is a story of struggle and achievement and occasional failure. Departures deals with innovation and transgression in Australian literature and history and brings out the vitality of Australian culture as it meets new challenges.
Collection of essays exploring the theme of departure as it relates to Australian experiences. Examines physical departure, such as travel and migration, as well as more general themes of progression, regeneration and reinvention, by examining a broad range of Australian poetry, fiction, drama and film. Includes end notes, bibliography and index. Author is Professor of English at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail and has been a visiting research fellow at several Australian universities. He has previously written 'Out of Eden' and 'A Sheltered Land'.