Introduction: Realigning the margins: Asian Australian writing

Janet M Wilson, Chandani Lokuge

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Engaging with Asian Australian writing, this book focuses on an influential area of cultural production defined by its ethnic diversity and stylistic innovativeness. In addressing the demanding new transnational and transcultural critical frameworks of such syncretic writing, the contributors collectively examine how the varied and diverse body of Asian Australian literary work intervenes into contemporary representational politics and culture. The book questions, for instance, the ideology of Australian multiculturalism; the core/periphery hierarchy; the perpetuation of Orientalist attitudes and stereotypes; and white Australian claims to belong as seen in its myths of cultural authenticity and authority. Ranging in critical analyses from the historic first Chinese-Australian novel to contemporary award winning Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Filipino Australian novels, the book provides an inside view of the ways in which Asian Australian literary work is reshaping Australian mainstream literature, politics and culture, and in the wider context, the world literary scene. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMediating Literary Borders: Asian Australian Writing
EditorsJanet Wilson, Chandani Lokuge
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781138570818
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2018


  • Asian Australian
  • alterity
  • representation
  • multicultural
  • Orientalism diaspora
  • hybridity


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