On Finding ‘Australia’: Mirages, Mythic Images, Historical Circumstances


Considers critical explorations of the Australian identity by Richard White, Ross Gibson, Robert Dixon and G.A. Wilkes as the 'second generation of the consideration of Australian ideas', examining how they extend and problematise the nationalism of the first generation. Argues that further analysis is needed to connect 'images present in the popular imagination and in literature and art with precise investigation of historical and social circumstances'.

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Published 1 October 1986 in Volume 12 No. 4. Subjects: Australian culture, Australian history, Australian identity, Australian myths.

Cite as: Frost, Alan. ‘On Finding ‘Australia’: Mirages, Mythic Images, Historical Circumstances.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 12, no. 4, 1986, doi: 10.20314/als.fb24fa8d2c.