Re-thinking Nature, Fact and Fiction: University of Queensland Press' Environmental List 1965-1995

Jordan, Deborah (2010) Re-thinking Nature, Fact and Fiction: University of Queensland Press' Environmental List 1965-1995. The International Journal of the Book, 8 1: 121-134.

Author Jordan, Deborah
Title Re-thinking Nature, Fact and Fiction: University of Queensland Press' Environmental List 1965-1995
Journal name The International Journal of the Book   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-9567
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 121
End page 134
Total pages 14
Place of publication Altona, Vic.
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the halcyon days of publishing in Australia, in the 1970s and 1980s, the University of Queensland Press (UQP) established an innovative series on the Australian Environment edited by Alan Gilpin. The series emerged from the flourishing scientific, environmental and conservation discourses. This was not the only way, or even then the central way, UQP addressed environmental issues. On the one hand, the Press actively supported the emergence of an Australian postcolonial canon in fiction and poetry through (re)publishing the works of Steele Rudd, Vance Palmer and Peter Carey. In the need to develop an international market for their books, however, fiction editors could easily and did edit out descriptions of the Australian environments. On the other hand, the Press published technical studies such as a series on Australian Ecology. With the rupture in the management of the Press in 1983, the Australian Environment series was stopped. By the 1990s with the increasing recognition of the Australian Aboriginal way of thinking about country (and the delineation of Australasian territorial copyright) UQP pulled back from developing a global market in order to establish a successful Black Australian Writers series for, primarily, a national readership. The genre of ‘bush realism’ and other new writing by non-Indigenous Australians that drew on environmental differences of the ‘new world’ in contrast to the old, as a result, shifted away from central stage in narratives of the nation.
Keyword Australian literature
Australian publishing
Culture
Environmental writing
Nature
University presses
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Communication and Arts Publications
 
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