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The Adolescent Novel

Australian Perspectives

This book is a pioneering study of the modern Australian novel: defining the genre; tracing its development; explaining some of its principal features; discussing the characteristics of adolescent novels written in the past three decades; and exploring ways in which Australian adolescent novels may be seen to offer something different from works published elsewhere, to be specifically 'Australian'. Part 2 comprises essays on fifteen authors, all of whom are indisputably important in the development of the Australian adolescent novel. This book will be of interest to teacher librarians, tertiary students, teachers and senior students in high schools, children's/youth librarians, parents and all those who are interested in contemporary writing for young Australians.

Paperback, 248 Pages

Published: June 1997

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-949060-41-9

Reviews

  • The writing is forceful, backed up by an impressive knowledge of the body of literature and provides a basis for further research and reference that is to be applauded., Viewpoint
    An insightful resource that outlines trends and clarifies issues that teacher librarians are constantly struggling with in relation to selecting for, and maintaining, an adolescent fiction collection., Access
    An extremely useful and timely critique of young adult literature in Australia., Classroom Resource Reviews

Contents

  • Part 1 The Australian Adolescent Novel: The Modern Adolescent Novel; The Australian Modern Adolescent Novel; Australian Adolescent Literature in the 1990s. Part 2 Fifteen of its Creators: James Aldridge 'Larrikins and the Price of Freedom'; Alan Baillie 'Extending Horizons'; Isobelle Carmody 'Myth Maker'; Brian Caswell 'Cartographer of the Future'; Gary Crew 'Explorer of the Dark Side'; Victor Kelleher 'Searcher for Peace'; Robin Klein 'Seeing Beyond the Obvious'; Caroline Macdonald 'Future to Present'; John Marsden 'Fighting On'; James Moloney 'Champion of the Underdog'; Eleanor Nilsson 'Unsettling Incongruities'; Gillian Rubinstein 'Playing the Game of Life'; Ivan Southall 'Scribe of the Adolescent Journey'; Nadia Wheatley 'A Perspective Lent by Time'; Patricia Wrightson 'Spirits in their Own Land'.

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