This essay fuses together a critical examination of contemporary Australian literary writings and a personal meditation about the author's own' coming into being' as an Australian: as citizen, critic and academic. The cross-cultural dimensions of this process are explored with reference to contemporary cultural studies of postcolonial and diasporic experiences of identity, as well as through detailed readings of a range of Australian novels. The paper foregrounds a position of self-interested knowledge, both as a recognition of the agonistic fluidity of cross-cultural identity and of the intensely personal nature characteristic of much literary fiction by ethnic minority individuals.
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2005 LITERARY STUDIES