Peter Kirkpatrick is a retired academic and an Honorary Associate Professor of Australian Literature in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Sea Coast of Bohemia: Literary Life in Sydney’s Roaring Twenties (second edition, 2007) and is currently working on a study of poetry and popular culture in Australia.
Corrosive Littoral: On the Beach with Kenneth Slessor
The modernity of colonial nations has often seemed belated, but in Australia it has been especially troubled by ongoing doubts about the authenticity of the nation itself. According to Bob Hodge and Vijay Mishra in Dark Side of the Dream: “Legitimacy is a raw and buried issue in the contemporary Australian consciousness for good reasons.