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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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Postcolonial Gothic

Postcolonial Gothic

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific

(p.205) 13 Postcolonial Gothic
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Gerry Turcotte

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   postcolonial Gothic, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific, Canadian fiction, Australian novel, Canadian novel, New Zealand novel, South Pacific novel

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