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Australian literature -- 21st century, Australian literature -- 20th century, Regionalism


The years leading up to and including the Australian bicentennial (1988) marked a high point of nationalistic fervor, but also of interest in regionalism and, in particular, regional literature in Australia. For example, the Literature Board funded four anthologies of Western Australian literature that were associate with this occasion; two of these received additional funds from the Australian Bicentennial Authority. However, this interest could not sustain itself. With the bicentennial finally behind it, the typically antagonistic relationship regionalism had enjoyed with nationalism (e.g. regionalism was commonly regarded as “the advocacy and advancement of the interests, functions, and competence of parts of a nation-state as against those same aspects of the whole state” [Preston 3]) was suddenly seen as irrelevant.


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