What is Australian Popular Fiction?

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Australian popular fiction is the most significant growth area in Australian trade publishing since the turn of the twenty-first century, yet it has received little sustained scholarly attention (Fletcher et al. 5). Over the last two decades, the rhetoric of the decline of literary fiction has become a recurring theme in cultural journalism (see, for example, Knox; Mordue; Neill; Sullivan; Williamson). But while the fate of literature prompts elegiac reflection, Australian popular fiction is a success story hidden in plain view. Nationally and internationally, critically and commercially, Australian popular fiction titles have performed strongly over the twenty-first century.

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Published 3 December 2018 in Genre Worlds: Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century. Subjects: Australian fiction, Australian identity, Genre fiction, National literatures, Popular fiction.

Cite as: Wilkins, Kim and Beth Driscoll and Lisa Fletcher. ‘What is Australian Popular Fiction?.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 33, no. 4, 2018, doi: 10.20314/als.4e3df0ec9c.