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Antipodean America: Australasia and the Constitution of U. S. Literature

Paul Giles


This book considers the impact of Australia and New Zealand on the formation of American literature, from the eighteenth century to the present day. It discusses how the antipodes, as both a philosophical idea and as a historical fact, came to influence how American writers in the nineteenth century conceived of Australasia after the settlement of this South Pacific region by the British. From this perspective, classic American writers of the nineteenth century regarded Australia as their own country’s doppelganger, the British colony where a War of Independence had never happened. The book wi ... More

Keywords: American Literature, Antipodes, Colonialism, Australia, New Zealand

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199301560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199301560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Giles, author
The University of Sydney