A Question of Commitment: Australian literature in the by Susan McKernan

By Susan McKernan

within the years because the moment global battle, Australia has obvious a interval of literary creativity which outshines any ancient times within the nation's literary historical past. This creativity has its beginnings within the arguments and alignments which emerged on the finish of the conflict, and the alterations in perceptions of artwork and society which happened through the fifties and early sixties.

A query of Commitment examines the attitudes of writers as different as James McAuley, Frank Hardy, Judith Wright, Patrick White and A. D. wish, as they spoke back to a altering Australian society throughout the postwar years. via their paintings and that of many others, it considers the debates approximately literary nationalism, the inventive politics of the chilly battle, the specter of expertise to artwork within the Atomic Age, and the character of the writer's position within the new society. It files the best way the political commitments of a few writers and the resistance to dedication of others have been challenged via political and social adjustments of the overdue fifties.

Susan McKernan's energetic exploration of Australia's writers in a time of innovation offers the reader with the context had to comprehend the inventive offerings they made and, in so doing, introduces wider highbrow and cultural matters which stay appropriate to this day.

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