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Tuesday, 29 December

429. New Directions in Contemporary Australian Literature

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Independence Salon I, Philadelphia Marriott

Program arranged by the American Association of Australian Literary Studies

Presiding: Nathanael O’Reilly, Univ. of Texas, Tyler

1. “Pam Brown’s Difference: How Language Operates in Australia,” Phillip Mead, Univ. of Western Australia

2. “Postcolonial Impressions in Jonathan Bennett’s Verandah People,” Peter Mathews, Centenary Coll.

3. “Tim Winton’s The Turning: Linking Stories to Locate an Australian Identity,” Esther Prokopienko, Coll. of Saint Rose

4. “Paradigm Shift in Contemporary Australian Fiction,” Samantha Young, Deakin Univ.

Author Comment
Subject: Great panel!
Despite the absence of one participant and the moderator, this was a great panel of three well-delviered papers, on three different genres (novel, short story and poetry), ranging from a 'mainstream' writer (Tim Winton) to an avant-garde one (Pam Brown), The questions from the floor, and the answers they elicited, were cogent and stimulating.

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