The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction
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Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction by Ken Gelder
Book DescriptionFrom the editors of The Anthology of Colonial Australian Gothic Fiction comes this fascinating collection of disturbing mysteries and gruesome tales by authors such as Mary Fortune, James Skipp Borlase, Guy Boothby, Francis Adams, Ernest Favenc, 'Rolf Boldrewood' and Norman Lindsay, among many others. In the bush and the tropics, the goldfields and the city streets, colonial Australia is a troubling, bewildering place and almost impossible to regulate-even for the most vigilant detective. Ex-convicts, bushrangers, ruthless gold prospectors, impostors, thieves and murderers flow through the stories that make up this collection, challenging the nascent forces of colonial law and order. The landscape itself seems to stimulate criminal activity, where identities change at will and people suddenly disappear without a trace. The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction is a remarkable anthology that taps into the fears and anxieties of colonial Australian life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780522855616
(232mm x 156mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: Australia
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The best examples of colonial Australian romance are collected in this anthology, from writers such as Ada Cambridge, Rosa Praed, Francis Adams, Henry Lawson. They show colonial women challenged by a new life in a new place. But they show men being put to the test, too, and sometimes failing in the quest for love in a brave new world.
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Author Biography - Ken Gelder
Ken Gelder is Professor of Literary Studies at The University of Melbourne. His books include Reading the Vampire (1994), Popular Fiction- The Logics and Practices of a Literary Field (2004) and Subcultures- Cultural Histories and Social Practice (2007). He is also co-author, with Jane M Jacobs, of Uncanny Australia- Sacredness and Identity in a Postcolonial Nation (1998). Rachael Weaver is Research Fellow in Literary Studies at The University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Criminal of the Century (2006).
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