In my first draft of this discussion of the state of the discipline, I attempted to use the metaphor of vision. This was p erhaps not an zdeal choice, considering I have terrible, and deteriorating, ryesight. I deczded to drop that, but the editor encouraged me to be forthright, so I have moved on from this se(findulgence (although not from the self indulgence of metaphor) to use another figure.
Let us take it then, that the state of the production, teaching, research and study of Australian Literature, or perhaps just Literature, in Australia can be mapped via the figure of my recent trip to a well-known native animal wildlife sanctuary.
In this visit I took some Australians, an American, and a visiting Indonesian student - a sample audience for the local product- whatever you choose to see that as represented by here.
First, you need to arrive early, or better still, book online ahead of time, because these days your venue has an extensive electronic presence, which is very shiny, if no cheaper than the hard copy experience. Adult tickets are expensive, but there are student discounts and children are free. No discounts or easy entry for foreign visitors. E-tickets ostensibly expedite your entry to the environment, although in fact, it may take just as long to get through the entryway with or without the e-contact.