The Usable Past: Australian War Fiction of the 1950s


Discusses a number of Australian novels of the Second World War in terms of their characterization of the soldier figure, depiction of wartime themes of bravery, loyalty, heroism, relationship to violence and the process of writing fiction from very recent history.

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Published 1 October 1985 in Volume 12 No. 2. Subjects: Australian fiction, Australian war literature, World War II.

Cite as: Hosking, Rick. ‘The Usable Past: Australian War Fiction of the 1950s.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 1985, doi: 10.20314/als.e85368ae16.