A diverse body of medievalist texts was produced in late colonial and early Federal Australia. Novelists, poets and dramatists drew on motifs, events, and personages of the European medieval past to illuminate their Australian present.
Old Songs in the Timeless Land is the first close examination of the diverse texts produced during this time. It provides new information about nineteenth-century and theatrical medievalism. This fine exploratory work shows how medievalist discourses and idioms came to be taken up within a major branch of Anglophone literature.