Modern issues: Anthony Trollope and Australia
American Association of Australian Literacy Studies
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communications and Contemporary Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
It is tempting to think that it is the present generation of Australians that has discovered social concerns. Yet a careful study of Australian literatures reveals that Anthony Trollope's ideas about the country were surprisingly modern and predictive, and that he identified those very issues facing the country today. Furthermore, his views are refreshingly progressive, despite their occasional expression in language now considered politically incorrect. With Australian reactions to these works mostly negative, Durey attempts to redress the balance.