Book Chapter

What the Dickens: Exploring the role of canonical texts in mediating national identity in subject English in Australia

S Martin, L McLean Davies

Required Reading: Literature in Australian Senior Secondary English Since 1945 | Monash University Press | Published : 2017

Abstract

This chapter will draw on the rich resources of the ALIAS database and build on previous analytical and conceptual work on Dickens's circulation and uses in colonial Australia (Mirmohamadi and Martin), and his impact on texts set for study in senior secondary level (McLean Davies "Magwich Madness") in order to explore the changing role of Dicken's novels in Australian versions of subject English. Specifically, the chapter will investigate the ways in which Dickens's 'Great Expectations' is increasingly placed in conversation with other novels from Australia and elsewhere, and the ways in which these practices contribute to negotiations of identity that are brokered by the intended English cu..

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