Juxtaposing Australian and Canadian Writing

Fiona Polack


The geographical entities of Australia and Canada house multifarious localities, regions and nations. Juxtaposing literary work emerging from them can open up invaluable new angles of critical inquiry at a moment when literary scholars in both countries seek insight into the relationship between national literatures and transnational forces.

Upholding the value of comparing Australian and Canadian literatures is an urgent task at present given that interest in this juxtaposition seems to be diminishing.


Australian literature; Canadian literature; transnationalism; comparison; Melissa Lucashenko; Eden Robinson; Kate Grenville; Michael Crummey; Will Ferguson; Michelle DeKretser; fiction

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