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In the fourthQuarterly Essayof 2003, David Malouf looks at Australia's bond with Britain and wonders whether it wasn't the Mother Country which did most of the giving. This is an essay which presents British civilisation, the civilisation of Shakespeare and the Enlightenment and the Westminster system, as the irreducible ground on which any Australian achievement is based. Britain has always been the tolerant parent, and an older Australia could be both intensely patriotic and see itself as what it was, a transplantation of Britain. This relationship did not exclude America but it made for a sometimes complicated threesome of nations. This is a brilliant, deeply meditated essay by one of our finest writers about the traditions that shaped Australia and which connect it to one of the mightier traditions in world history. '...Made in Englandis ... a case of one of Australia's most eminent novelists allowing himself to imagine, and by imagining to analyse, the hopes and glories, once and future, that were part of this new Britannia.' -Peter Craven,Introduction 'Any argument for the republic based on the need to make a final break with Britain will fail.' -David Malouf,Made In England

 

Details

ISBN: 9781863953955
Audience: Tertiary Education (US: College)
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Edition: 12th edition
Publication Date: 1 Nov 2003
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publication City, Country: Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.5(H) x 16.7(L) x 0.8(W)
Weight (gm): 192

 

Author Biography

David Malouf is internationally recognised as one of the world's finest and most versatile contemporary writers. Since his first collection of poetry in 1962, he has published novels, short stories, collections of poetry, opera libretti, a play and a volume of autobiography. His novels include An Imaginary Life, Harland's Half Acre, The Conversations at Curlaw Creek, The Great World, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger in 1991, and Remembering Babylon, shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize and winner of the inaugural international IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Born and brought up in Brisbane, David Malouf lives in Sydney.
Made in England: Australia's British Inheritance: Quarterly Essay 12
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