Author(s): Rosemary Ross Johnston
This is an innovative and comprehensive research-based approach to Australian literature for young people, within a literary, cultural, and educational context.In the words of the author, "we must encourage a broader and deeper knowledge of this country; its history; its people; and its art; to truly understand and appreciate its literature. This will nurture enquiry and promote educational creativity."Australian Literature for Young People outlines current expectations and challenges facing Australian schools and why literature matters so much in such an environment and it notes the contributions of literary studies to research and research methodologies. It stresses the significance ofAustralia's Indigenous heritage in literature, culture, and education, and reflects on its importance for teachers, community and policy makers.This is a book about Australia and deals principally with Australian literature but does so with appropriate reference both to Western literary heritages and to that of other countries in the Asian-Pacific regional context, including China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.