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The Australian and Spanish-American novel of the land : an inquiry into some modern aspects of Pastoral


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Cooper, Desmond John 1970 , 'The Australian and Spanish-American novel of the land : an inquiry into some modern aspects of Pastoral', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The novel of the land springs directly from
colonial man's encounter with Virgin continents: an
interpretation of the colonial experience is to be
expected, since it is a normal function of the novelist
to interpret man and his world.
The Australian and Spanish-American novels
of the land may validly be compared because of the
intimate coincidence of subject matter, the identical
European and cultural origins of the colonists, and
because of the 19th and 20th Century appearance of
the novel form in which writers articulate their interpretation of the emigrant venture.
The modern colonial novel of the land is
deeply indebted to earlier pastoral, utopian and
neo-platonic ideas, which are traced in considerable
detail in the introductory chapter, and identified
in others.
Examination of the literature of both continents
reveals many areas of significant accord in
their attitudes to Nature, and these are largely
attributable to European cultural conditioning that
transcends formal national differences. The important
emergent themes are City versus Country, the Idealization
of Rural Man and the Indigene, Aspiration towards
the Simple Life, and Pastoral and Rural Utopianism.
Both literatures see the moral stature of
man as measured by his response to the new environmental
challenge. They also reveal anxieties at
the violation of Nature, and interpret the essentially
masculine nature of the emigrant societies. Significant differences emerge - the green
hell theme and the cults,of masculine aggressiveness
in Spanish-American novels, and the historical land
saga, and the transposition of land epic into universal
allegory of the human condition in Australian writers.
But for the rest, our interest resides not so much in
social and other differences as in the treatment and
colouring of comparable conditions that the new continental
homelands imposed.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Cooper, Desmond John
Keywords: Pastoral literature
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Thesis (M.A.) - University of Tasmania, 1970. Bibliography: p. 309-312

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