The best of Australian literature, commentaries and debates
As the backfile component to the Informit Literature & Culture Collection, the Informit Literature & Culture Collection Backfiles includes every issue of Australia’s best known literary and cultural magazines from 1939 – December 2004.
The literary magazine is an important part of Australia’s literary and cultural heritage. Small publications have proved a vital conduit for emerging and established writers to develop their craft and to engage with central ideas and debates about Australian literary, cultural, and social life. For the first time, titles such as Meanjin and Southerly will be available through Informit from cover to cover.
Created in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, the Informit Literature & Culture Collection is an essential reference database for academic, school and public libraries and for teachers and students of literary studies, cultural studies and creative writing courses. Researchers and students of Australian literature, history and society will find this Collection a rich source of fiction, poetry, cultural politics and the ideas that have helped define the unique Australian identity.
What is included in the Informit Literature & Culture Collection Backfiles?
Southerly (1939 - 2005)
For 70 years, the journal of the English Association has held a central place in the making of Australian literature. Southerly includes a wide range of poetry and fiction, critical essays and commentaries from writers and scholars all over Australia and New Zealand.
Quadrant (1957 - 2005)
Since 1957, Quadrant has maintained a tradition of publishing original writing on every aspect of society, as well as some of Australia’s best fiction and poetry. Although it retains its founding bias towards cultural freedom, anti-totalitarianism and classical liberalism, its pages are open to any well-written and thoughtful contribution.
Meanjin (1940 - 2005)
Meanjin reflects the breadth of contemporary thinking, be it on literature, other art forms, or the broader issues of the times. This breadth has characterised Meanjin for more than 70 years.
Going Down Swinging (1980 - 2005)
Going Down Swinging was founded in 1980 by Kevin Brophy and Myron Lysenko, and seeks openness and experimental thinking. In the years since, GDS has shifted with the changing of its editors, their tastes, and the different guards of writers and artists who have submitted. It has taken all manner of shapes and forms, covering mediums from flash fiction to comic art to animated film. Steady throughout has been a commitment to the unexpected, a hunger for interesting artwork, and an ongoing love of spoken word.
Media International Australia (1976 - 2005)
Media International Australia publishes new scholarly and applied research on the media, telecommunications, and the cultural industries. Broadly inclusive and interdisciplinary, the journal welcomes the writing of history, theory and analysis, commentary and debate. While its primary focus is Australia, the journal also aims to provide an international perspective.
Island (1979 - 2005)
More than 30 years since its first issue, Island continues to publish quality short stories, poetry, extracts from forthcoming novels, and articles and essays on topics of social, environmental and cultural significance.
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