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Title of Dissertation:
Ecological realism in Australian novels
Professor David HUDDART
Australia is where Apocalypse is experienced as a form of reality and thus fosters a reconsideration of the ecological capabilities of literary realism. This paper draws on the non-human agents and other aspects informed by ecological narratology to investigate how Australian novels can make the concept of ‘ecological realism’ affectively available and how the ‘earth melancholia’ can act as an affirmative rhetoric of crisis.