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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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Realist Fiction since 1950

Realist Fiction since 1950

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific

(p.159) 10 Realist Fiction since 1950
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Donna Coates

Oxford University Press

In Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, realism was the traditional mode for fiction throughout the first half of the twentieth century, harnessed to the call of establishing distinctive national identities. Realism evolved very differently in these three nations, but it remained the dominant mode in the post-war decade, albeit always and increasingly in contention with and affected by modernist and, later, postmodernist influences. In the South Pacific, literary writing often began with the transcription of myths and stories from local languages, but otherwise most fiction has relied on realism, especially in the decolonizing effort to assert an accurate picture of local life as a counter to white colonial narratives. The chapter examines how the realist novel has evolved in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Pacific.

Keywords:   realist fiction, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific, realism, myths, realist novel

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