Australian Literary Magazines as Sites of Dissent

Patrick Allington

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    In this essay, I argue that Australian literary magazines are - and should be - primarily sites of dissent. But I also recognize that literary magazines sit on the fringes of the Australian national conversation and that relatively few Australian readers engage with them. I see dissent as a constructive and essential element of Australia's imperfect capitalist liberal democracy and civil society and as a constructive and essential element of the way Australians seek to understand - or avoid seeking to understanding - the place of Australia in the world. Literary magazines rightly sit on fringes, and yet their minimal exposure to the mainstream is troubling and limiting.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-62
    Number of pages10
    JournalLogos: Journal of the World Publishing Community
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Australia
    • Dissent
    • Literary magazines
    • Storytelling


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