Reading Across the Pacific: Australia-United States Intellectual Histories
  
Reading Across the Pacific: Australia-United States Intellectual Histories
Edited by Robert Dixon and Nicholas Birns
Sydney University Press
ISBN: 9781920899660

Reading Across the Pacific is a study of literary and cultural engagement between the United States and Australia from a contemporary interdisciplinary perspective. The book examines the relations of the two countries, shifting the emphasis from the broad cultural patterns that are often compared, to the specific networks, interactions, and crossings that have characterised Australian literature in the United States and American literature in Australia.

In the twenty-first century, both American and Australian literatures are experiencing new challenges to the very different paradigms of literary history and criticism each inherited from the twentieth century. In response to these challenges, scholars of both literatures are seizing the opportunity to reassess and reconfigure the conceptual geography of national literary spaces as they are reformed by vectors that evade or exceed them, including the transnational, the local and the global. The essays in Reading Across the Pacific are divided into five sections: National Literatures and Transnationalism, Poetry and Poetics, Literature and Popular Culture, The Cold War, and Publishing History and Transpacific Print Cultures.

About the Editors

Robert Dixon is Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney

Nicholas Birns is Associate Teaching Professor at The New School, New York

  
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