Introduction Elizabeth Webby; Chronology; 1. Indigenous texts and narratives Penny van Toorn; 2. Colonial writers and readers Elizabeth Webby; 3. Poetry from the 1890s to 1970 Michael Ackland; 4. Fiction from 1900 to 1970 Kerryn Goldsworthy; 5. Theatre from 1788 to the 1960s Richard Fotheringham; 6. Contemporary poetry: across party lines David McCooey; 7. New narrations: contemporary fiction Delys Bird; 8. New stages: contemporary theatre May-Brit Akerholt; 9. From biography to autobiography Gillian Whitlock; 10. Critics, writers, intellectuals: Australian literature and its criticism David Carter; Further reading; Index.
'... the revolutionary ways in which Australian literary critics and writers have responded to the 'arrival' of feminism, postmodernism, postcolonialism and queer theory have created an exciting, complex and confident field of criticism - one that is given vibrant expression in The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature.' Mary Ellen, Times Literary Supplement