War in Post-1960s Fiction : Johnston, Stow, McDonald, Malouf and Les Murray

Abstract

Discusses a number of war novels which, rather than focussing on military conflicts, centre on the ways in which war has shaped Australian experience. Argues that while in a first stage of writing about the First World War the focus was on positive myth-making, on the growth of Anzac male myths of a national ‘coming-of-age’, these later novels highlight the often destabilising effects of war on specifially Australian experience.

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Published 1 October 1985 in Volume 12 No. 2. Subjects: Australian fiction, Australian war literature, David Malouf.

Cite as: Hergenhan, Laurie. ‘War in Post-1960s Fiction : Johnston, Stow, McDonald, Malouf and Les Murray.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 1985. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.c043d89d74.