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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 12: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950$
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Coral Ann Howells, Paul Sharrad, and Gerry Turcotte

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199679775.001.0001

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Transnational Movements

Transnational Movements

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific

(p.141) 9 Transnational Movements
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Janet Wilson

Oxford University Press

The post-World War II period saw the increased migration of non-anglophone Europeans and Asians to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, resulting in the formation of hybridized diasporic communities that by the 1990s necessitated a revised rhetoric of nationhood. The chapter also examines the development of a Pacific literature and the concept of a ‘new Oceania’ founded on transformation of the past and ‘free from the taint of colonialism’, and transcending colonial patterns of regional and local identity. It discusses fiction writing in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific by immigrant writers after World War II and the Vietnam War, followed by immigrants fleeing from violence in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Finally, it looks at the emergence of a new generation of ethnically hybridized, culturally mobile writers who attempt to move beyond diasporic binaries to tackle issues of race, language, and belonging from transnational perspectives in an era marked by changes in publishing practices in a global literary marketplace.

Keywords:   transnational movements, Australia, migration, diasporic communities, nationhood, colonialism, nationalism, expatriation, immigrant writers, Pacific literature, global literary marketplace

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