By Susan McKernan

within the years because the moment international battle, Australia has visible a interval of literary creativity which outshines any ancient times within the nation's literary historical past. This creativity has its beginnings within the arguments and alignments which emerged on the finish of the struggle, and the alterations in perceptions of artwork and society which happened throughout the fifties and early sixties.

A query of Commitment examines the attitudes of writers as diversified as James McAuley, Frank Hardy, Judith Wright, Patrick White and A. D. wish, as they replied to a altering Australian society in the course of the postwar years. via their paintings and that of many others, it considers the debates approximately literary nationalism, the inventive politics of the chilly conflict, the specter of expertise to artwork within the Atomic Age, and the character of the writer's function within the new society. It records the way the political commitments of a few writers and the resistance to dedication of others have been challenged through political and social adjustments of the past due fifties.

Susan McKernan's energetic exploration of Australia's writers in a time of innovation offers the reader with the context had to comprehend the artistic offerings they made and, in so doing, introduces wider highbrow and cultural matters which stay proper to this day.

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