The Australian National Discourse By David Malouf Essay

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The Australian national discourse is examined by David Malouf in his texts to highlight particular features and provide a judgement/s on them. In particular, the use of literary techniques and devices will be focused upon to show how Malouf utilises them in communicating his judgement/s.
The Australian national discourse is rare amongst global discourses due to the view it supports that a war, specifically World War One (W.W.1), was a foundational event in the history of the nation. The discourse supports the belief that W.W.1 was the start of the Australian identity, which was exemplified by the creation of the legendary A.N.Z.A.C soldier that exists to the present day. However, in his works David Malouf disagrees with the view of W.W.1 being an important national event and the A.N.Z.A.C being a symbol of the Australian identity. Knox-Shaw (1991) identifies the common use of allusion in Malouf’s texts as a tool for comparing his texts to other texts and in-directly stating his judgement/s on the discourse. One such example is seen in his 1990 text ‘The Great World’ when Australian protagonist ‘Digger’ finds the text ‘War and Peace,’ by Leo Tolstoy while browsing through books left by his friend who was recently killed in war. This allusion is made to compare the long chain of events, mostly war in War and Peace which changes a set of families and provides a link between the texts. This allusion also acts an intertextual reference, which provides a clue to the author’s…

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