Quicksands: Foundational Histories in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

Synopsis

"Why has 'national identity' preoccupied so many writers and artists on both sides of the Tasman? Why have the stories of the first settler societies in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand exercised such a hold over our collective consciousness? And why is this history once again part of contemporary political and cultural debate?" "This innovative trans-Tasman collaboration explores how the founding of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand have been remembered and reimagined over more than two centuries. At the dawn of a new century, when the facts of these cultural encounters are increasingly under challenge, the writers of Quicksands argue for a new 'Australasian' consciousness and imagine new ways to negotiate the quicksands of our national histories." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved