James McAuley’s New Guinea : Colonialism, Modernity and Suburbia


If, as Roger Silverstone argues, 'Suburbia has remained curiously invisible in the accounts of modernity' (4), then it is also true that colonialism has remained an equally invisible term, if not in very recent accounts of modernity, then certainly in discussions of suburbia. This essay is an attempt to triangulate these three terms—colonialism, modernity, suburbia—in the exemplary career of James McAuley.

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Published 1 November 1998 in Writing the Everyday: Australian Literature and the Limits of Suburbia. Subjects: Colonialism & imperialism, Government policies, Papua New Guinea, James McAuley.

Cite as: Dixon, Robert. ‘James McAuley’s New Guinea : Colonialism, Modernity and Suburbia.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 18, no. 4, 1998, doi: 10.20314/als.b4e573d3cf.