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Ackland, Michael

Michael Ackland teaches in the English Department at Monash University in Melbourne. He gained his PhD from the Australian National University and has also spent time at universities in the United States and Germany. The author of three books of Australian Poetry and Prose – Charles Harpur: Selected Poetry and Prose, Henry Kendall and A Sydney Sovereign – Michael has also contributed to the Penguin Book of Nineteenth Century Australian Literature, and has written many articles for literary journals.<#InMedia#><#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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That Shining Band: Australian Colonial Verse Tradition

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"That Shining Band" illuminates a vital and forgotten part of Australia's cultural heritage. For too long literary historians have focused on the balladists of the 1890s, without exploring the ongoing tradition of colonial verse that preceded them. Michael Ackland traces the major thematic shifts from the imperial verse of Barron Field, William Charles Wentworth and Michael Massey Robinson, through the Republican-inspired writing of Charles Harpur, to the increasing uncertainties of the mid-Victorian poets Henry Kendall and Adam Lindsay Gordon. Colonial Women writers, such as Ada Cambridge and Catherine Martin, are brought back to the forefront of Australian literary history by Ackland's examination of the complementary tradition of women's poetry. This study redraws the map of nineteenth-century Australian verse, highlighting major preoccupations, rediscovering meglected talent, particularly among women, and providing fresh perspectives on the colonial poets.