Shopping at Last!: History, Fiction and the Anti-Suburban Tradition


Discusses 'sympathetic' representations of suburbia in Australian non-fiction and American fiction, arguing that these works offer guides for augmenting the anti-suburban tradition in Australia, which 'has largely outlived its relevance'. Instead, Kinnane argues, writers should embrace the suburbs as a 'rich field of opportunities for narrative, character, drama and action'.

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Published 1 November 1998 in Writing the Everyday: Australian Literature and the Limits of Suburbia. Subjects: American (USA) literature & writers, Australian culture, Australian literature and writers, Class differences, Country vs city, Growing up, Melbourne, Suburbs.

Cite as: Kinnane, Garry. ‘Shopping at Last!: History, Fiction and the Anti-Suburban Tradition.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 18, no. 4, 1998, doi: 10.20314/als.36e5699bc7.