Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Great Australian Novel: A Panorama

Jena-François Vernay, perhaps the leading French-language Australian scholar, has now published an English version of the French-language survey of the Australian novel that came out last year. The Great Australian Novel is sure to excite Australianists worldwide and provoke new disquisitions about the canonical preferences and narrative is literary history within the Australian textual sphere. It is very difficult to write narrative with any coherent through-line  in a national literature as heterogeneous as Australia's, and Vernay, at least in the French version, did a splendid job of it. The English-language version should spread this edification far wider.

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