Modernist fiction/alternative modernisms: Australia, Canada, New Zealand

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter examines the history of modernist fiction in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada within the larger context of geomodernist scholarship. It first considers how modernism relates to modernity and modernization before discussing cultural nationalism and the debate between the ʼnative’ and the ‘cosmopolitan’. It then analyses boundary-troubling between realism and modernism, James Joyce’s influence on fiction writers, and the works of Indigenous writers that force a reconsideration of modernism. It also explores the publishing infrastructure of modernist fiction production as well as the dialectical move between imitation and subversion as seen in Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian literatures. Finally, it provides additional contexts through which to understand how material conditions such as the availability of publication outlets shape the ways in which literary movements develop and gather momentum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford History of the Novel in English
Subtitle of host publicationThe Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950
EditorsCoral Ann Howells, Paul Sharrad, Gerry Turcotte
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780199679775
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2017

Publication series

NameThe Oxford History of the Novel in English
PublisherOxford University Press

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • novel
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Australian literature
  • Canadian literature
  • New Zealand literature


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