About the BookAustralian literature refers to the literary work produced in the area or by the people of the Commonwealth of Australia and its preceding colonies. The Australian literary tradition is linked to the broader tradition of English literature because, in its early Western history, Australia comprised a collection of British colonies. Since the latter half of the 18th century the Australian writers have introduced the character of this continent into literature and explored themes like aboriginality, migration, national identity, egalitarianism, and democracy, among others.
Australian Literature: Paradigms, Praxis and Beyond is a remarkable contribution to the area of study of various themes of Australian literature and the style in which they have been presented. This seminal work also covers the varied forms, including socio-political as well as linguistic aspects.
The book attempts to make the people realize the spirit and endeavour that aborigines and settlers had imbibed in themselves to make their country proud. By virtue of its new approach to the subject, the book will surely be invaluable for all those interested in Australian culture, aboriginal identity and subjectivity as well as multiculturalism. It will give an opportunity to teachers, researchers and academic aspirants to comprehend various changes that took place in Australia and how they are reflected in Australian literature.
About the Author/sDr. Shiv Govind Puri is presently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow, (U.P.). He studied in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. His areas of interest include Contemporary Indian English Fiction, Australian Literature and Indian Literature in English. He has recently completed a UGC sponsored Major Research Project entitled “Other Voices: A Study of English Fiction by Contemporary Indian Women Writers.” He has also worked on another UGC Major Research Project entitled “Social Dialects of Indian English” in association with Late Prof. Raja Ram Mehrotra, Dept. of English, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (1999-2000). His publications include the following books: Contemporary Indian Women Writers: Concepts and Contexts; Post-1980 Indian English Fiction; Selfhood and Agency in Post 1990 Indian Women Authors in English; and Bapsi Sidhwa: Beyond Boundaries. He has published several research papers and articles in various literary journals and anthologies.