The Longing for Nostalgia: Reimagining Post-War Childhood in Murray Bail's Short Stories

Lacken, Bronwyn (2013) The Longing for Nostalgia: Reimagining Post-War Childhood in Murray Bail's Short Stories. Australian Studies (Journal of the British Australian Studies Association), 5 .

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Author Lacken, Bronwyn
Title The Longing for Nostalgia: Reimagining Post-War Childhood in Murray Bail's Short Stories
Journal name Australian Studies (Journal of the British Australian Studies Association)
ISSN 2042-5120
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 5
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher British Australian Studies Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Australian author Murray Bail is best known for his experimental short stories from the 1970s;  however, throughout his writing career he has published many other stories that have not always received the same degree of critical attention. This article focuses on three short stories by Bail published in 1969, 1979 and 1995 respectively and explores the links between them. All set in post-war Australia, the stories focus on the lives of young male protagonists struggling with the transition between childhood and adulthood. Bail often focuses on seemingly minor events in the characters’ lives that change in meaning throughout the course of the story, so that each protagonist takes a journey from innocence to experience. New adult understandings of everyday activities inevitably begin to invade the protagonists’ consciousnesses, leading to feelings of loss and nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered.
Keyword Murray Bail
Australian Literature
Short Fiction
Nostalgia
Childhood
Post war Era
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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