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The art of Brian James, and other essays on Australian literature / by Clement Semmler. (1972)

Authors: Semmler, Clement, 1914-2000.
Publisher:[St. Lucia, Qld.] : University of Queensland Press [distributed by International Scholarly Book Services,
  • There are 46 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 46 copies of this specific edition.
  • Semmler, Clement, 1914-2000.
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • volume
Physical Description:
  • xi, 162 p. ; 22 cm.
  • By the Book is an indispensable history of the literature of Queensland from its establishment as a separate colony in the mid-nineteenth century through major economic, political and cultural transformations to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Queensland figures in the Australian imagination as a frontier, a place of wild landscapes and wilder politics, but also as Australia's playground, a soft tourist paradise of warm weather and golden beaches. Based partly on real historical divergences from the rest of Australia, these contradictory images have been questioned and scrutinised in Queensland literature for 150 years, and writers today maintain that complicated imaginative relationship with the idea of Queensland as both different and paradoxical. By the Book looks at Queensland literature in terms of its regional cultures, while also devoting chapters to Indigenous writing, writing for children and travel writing. In the process it rediscovers lost literary traditions and forgotten writers to stir the imagination. Re-evaluations of early writers like Rosa Praed and George Essex Evans set contemporary writers like David Malouf, Janette Turner Hospital and Venero Armanno in a new context. 'Thorough in scholarship and historical research, fascinating in its anecdotal bypaths, this reference work is indispensable to Australian literary studies.' - Janette Turner Hospital 'By the Book contains an enormous wealth of original research and information about Queensland writing.' - Professor Robert Dixon--publisher.
  • English literature. Australian writers. Critical studies (ANB/​PRECIS SIN 600126978)
  • Includes bibliographical references.
Other Form:
  • Online version Semmler, Clement. Art of Brian James, and other essays on Australian literature. [St. Lucia, Australia] University of Queensland Press [distributed by International Scholarly Book Services, 1972]
  • English
  • 0702207608
Dewey Number:
  • 820/​.9/​94
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 627243
  • 627243
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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