Geoffrey Serle (essay date 1973)
SOURCE: Serle, Geoffrey. “Later Colonial c. 1850-1885.” In From Deserts the Prophets Come: The Creative Spirit in Australia 1788-1972, pp. 31-51. Melbourne: William Heineman, 1973.
[In the following excerpt, Serle discusses significant Australian poets and novelists of the late colonial period.]
Judith Wright has discerned a duality which is reflected in a large part of Australian literature: firstly, ‘the reality of exile’; secondly, ‘the reality of newness and freedom’. Australia has been both a society of transplanted Europeans and a new country with a novel contribution to make to the world. The conservative has seen it as a country to escape from or at...
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