Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific
This chapter examines postcolonial Gothic in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific and how its conventions as an imported British genre have been transformed in specific local contexts. Since the 1950s, Gothic in Australia has changed in a variety of ways: Christina Stead and Patrick White chart the suburban terror of the everyday, Joan Lindsay's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967) and Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright (1961) expand the possibilities for a modern uncanny that invokes an historic past and a frightening outback present, while women writers since the 1970s have employed Gothic to investigate the repressions of patriarchy. In the case of Canadian fiction, the Gothic voice has been present since the early nineteenth century, but realized its potential only from the 1970s onwards. The chapter discusses Gothic elements in Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, and Indigenous and South Pacific novels.
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