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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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Multicultural and Transnational Novels

Multicultural and Transnational Novels

(p.300) 19 Multicultural and Transnational Novels
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Robyn Morris

Oxford University Press

In Australia, the issue of multiculturalism has been the subject of considerable debate. This tension has been captured by and reflected in the reception of the strong but constantly evolving tradition of Australian multicultural writing. The controversy centres on who can speak for whom, claims of the appropriation and commodification of multicultural writing by publishers and academia, and the multicultural novel's relationship to — and place within — Australian literature. The chapter considers the rise of Australian multicultural and contemporary transnational literature since the 1950s and its connection to political and cultural ideologies. In particular, it examines how autobiographical reflections or fictional accounts of the experience of migration have influenced public discourse on issues of citizenship and belonging. A number of such works are cited, including Antigone Kefala's The Island (1984), Christos Tsiolkas's Loaded (1995), and Adib Khan's Spiral Road (2007).

Keywords:   transnational novel, Australia, multiculturalism, multicultural novel, Australian literature, multicultural literature, migration, citizenship, belonging, Antigone Kefala

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