Review of Australian Culture Elites by John Docker and The Australian Experience edited by W.S. Ransom
The simultaneous appearance of these two books indicates the growing interest in Australian literary-cultural studies. Neither, unfortunately, has any strong organizing framework of informing theory of society: one is a somewhat random collection of essays on the Australian novel arranged in chronological order; the other, by John Docker, claims to be a comparative study of the intellectual traditions of Melbourne and Sydney, but is actually a loose assortment of essays placed under two heads and strung together by brief bridging passages.
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