Grafting Ireland onto Australia: some Literary Attempts
A title such as this, that makes any mention of Irish-Australian literary mergers, raises a spectre that I want to lay immediately. I am thinking of that will-o’-the-wisp, the Irish character in the Australian landscape. I know that hunting the Irish element in the Australian character, and in Australian writing, has been a practice much honoured in the observance. I do not wish to condemn the activity; it can be an invigorating and fruitful sport, but it can also be beset by so much circular argument and gratuitous assumption, that I want to make a definite, initial distinction between it and what I intend to do in this paper.
KeywordsIrish People Catholic Faith IRISH Culture Home Rule Irish Element
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