Kenneth Slessor and the Chinese

Recent work, particularly by Eric Rolls in Sojourners, has encouraged greater Australian respect for Chinese culture, and is part of the refurbishment of Australian attitudes towards Asia. David Walker, in an article titled 'A Brief History of the Future', points to Australian writers' expressions of respect for Asia dating back to 1829, but he makes little reference to China. A recent issue of Australian Book Review includes an article by Fay Zwicky titled 'Vast Spaces, Quiet Voices: Chinese Connections in Australian Poetry', in which she discusses 'in this century a continuing attraction to Chinese philosophy and poetry on the part of several significant Australian poets'. Zwicky records her own interest and then concentrates on the poetry of Rosemary Dobson, Randolph Stow and Dane Thwaites.

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Published 1 October 1996 in Volume 17 No. 4. Subjects: Australian literature - Comparisons with overseas literature, Chinese culture, Chinese literature & writers, Literary influences, Writer's craft.

Cite as: Haskell, Dennis. ‘Kenneth Slessor and the Chinese.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 17, no. 4, 1996, doi: 10.20314/als.d36017dc65.