Book Review

As the editor of a book with a very similar title, Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature (2002), I have an interest in comparing Nathanael O’Reilly’s collection and intentions with my own, and the first thing that strikes me is how limiting it turns out to be to use the term “postcolonial” in the study of Australian literature. This is not at all a criticism of the quality of the book, which provides a highly representative and highquality sample of current thinking about the issues in Australian culture it deals with, as well as readings of those issues in terms of specific literary texts. ….

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